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Being plagiarized (3 posts)

  1. bilinguallibrarian
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Hello. There is another blog (http://www.alabamalibraryexpo.org/) that has been re-posting everything I add to my blog and I'd like it to stop. I've tried contacting the site with no success (it seems like there is no real person behind this). I've also added a number of plugins that I thought would address this issue but none of them have actually worked.

    I do believe there has to be a way around this because the content of other blogs is also being scrapped to the problem site and their contact isn't showing up, only a brief link back to the original posting. The only common denominator I can identify with the sites who are able to fight off the scrapping is that they are all using the free version of wordpress (my site is hosted).

    Does anyone know how I can prevent the content from my blog from being scrapped out this way?

    Thank you for your help!

  2. Josh Leuze
    Member
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Those other sites might only be using excerpts in their feeds.

    This is a great resource for fighting plagiarism:
    http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/stopping-internet-plagiarism/

  3. First and foremost, you need to "claim" you feed by installing something like Better Feed. Better Feed allows you to create a custom footer for your feed that appears below every post. You can fill the custom footer with things like a copyright notice, a link back to your blog, and even a digital fingerprint to track content theft.

    Next, install Bad Behavior to keep most content scraping bots from even visiting your blog.

    After that it, it's up to you if you want to block bots either via user-agent or IP with your .htaccess file. I strongly recommend against IP blocking as most spam bots and content scraping bots use dynamically generated or spoofed IPs, so you'll only wind up blocking an unsuspecting "victim."

    There is a plugin called AntiLeech, and according to the creation date on the downloaded file, it was probably last updated 12/28/09, but whether or not it supports the latest versions of WordPress is unclear.

    If you find that your content has been stolen, this article provides tons of helpful tips.

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