A lot of work goes into setting up a blog and making it profitable. You need to start building your audience by creating great content and then look at expanding your reach so you can eventually get enough traffic to make money from your blog. When you reach that point and your blog is fairly well known, you are more vulnerable to content theft so it’s something that you need to start thinking about.
All blogs are at risk of content theft but if you have more traffic, it’s more likely to be an issue. There are people out there that will try to copy your content and pass it off as their own in an attempt to get more traffic on their own site. If that happens, you may start losing traffic because readers are viewing that content elsewhere instead of on your site, so you need to take steps to stop it from happening. These are the best ways to protect yourself from content theft on your blog.
Back Everything Up
This is an important first step because you need to have copies of all of your content so you can easily prove that you created it. It’s also important because in some cases, you might end up having to take your site down and start over again with a new domain, and you want to be able to easily replace all of the content again if that happens. It’s worth investing in a good data backup service and keeping a copy of all of the articles on your blog. That way, you won’t run into any issues if there is a dispute about who was the original creator of a piece of content. It also protects you if there are any technical issues with the site and you lose the content that is on there.
Include Clear Copyright Guidelines
In some cases, people might not be deliberately stealing your content, they may mistakenly think that it’s free to use. Some bloggers don’t mind others using their content without asking first as long as they get credited, while others always want to be consulted first so they can make a decision. However, you want to handle it is up to you but you need to include clear copyright guidelines on each article outlining exactly who can and cannot use it and what permissions people need. Some blog platforms also have a copyright notice feature that you can use to add a copyright statement to all posts.
Set Up A Google Alert
Most of the time, you might not even know that somebody has taken your content and published it on their own site unless you set up a Google alert. You can set up an email alert that will tell you of any new search results on a given search term. If you set up an alert with the title of each new post, you will be able to see easily whether somebody else has posted your content. Then you can ask them to remove it and if they refuse to do so, contact their hosting service and ask them to take action.