How to protect your content

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Why content is the key asset

It takes hard works and time not only to create content but also to guard it from crooks. Regrettably, content theft is too common and there is hardly a site that hasn’t been damaged. You require original content in order to position well in Google and for this reason you chunk articles, images, videos and so on to put up on your site Google is trying extra hard to deal with copy content but it is widespread to watch stolen articles rank higher than your original. This is why it is so vital to look after your content in every way you can.  

Place copyright notices

There are many articles, images, videos and so on in the public domain that are free of charge to use commercial purposes. To avoid misunderstanding that your content isn’t in the public domain, make sure to place a Copyright sign in the footer of your site. It is logical to add material barriers to theft. For example, you can add watermarks for images and videos ‐ these aren’t hundred percent protected but they will prevent some of the thieves as with your watermark it will be awkward to use the content elsewhere. For articles, what you can do is to disable text selection. This will make it harder to copy content directly and will stop many crooks as in these cases, copying your content requires more hard works.  

Use Google Authorship

Google Authorship is an effective device when it comes to content protection and building your online status. The thought is simple ‐ you place your online content and declare authorship about it. The only factor here is that you must use your genuine name ‐ this is an issue if you don’t want to reveal your authorship because of confidentiality concerns. If your site has several writers, even now you can use Google Authorship but each of them must declare his or her articles individually.  

Set Google Alerts

Even though you do an effective job in protecting your subject matter, there will always be lawbreakers. The easiest way to capture them is with the assistance of Google Alerts. You copy sentences from your text and make alerts to be notified when they appear online. You require to make them a direct match, so that when your words get exposed somewhere else, you get a warning. Your first paragraph could be copied more ‐ for example, as an opening to your piece and subsequently, by a link to your site. This isn’t stealing but you might want to be conscious of it.  

Deal with the theft

Prepare your proofs This means to make screenshots and organize the original files. Obviously, it’s difficult to prove you were the original writer to publish this specific article as having the first outline for an article doesn’t mean much ‐ they could have been made later to frame the initial author. For images and videos, if you have the root files, this could be substantial evidence. If your subject matter is indexed in Google and it has a date, you can use this as well as a confirmation the content was stolen from you, not the opposite way.  

Contact with the crook

In the beginning, send a friendly email to the breaching party. Even if the odds aren’t high, it’s probable the theft wasn’t on deliberately. It’s possible that after your cordial email the blogger removes your content. If the first mail to the blogger isn’t handy, contact their hosting provider. Attach the evidence you have and if the breach is obvious, it’s possible their hosting provider might even shut their account down, if they don’t want to get rid of the stolen content on their own.     File a DMCA complaint You submit a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) complaint with Google to get them known to deindex content stolen from you. Herein ‘stolen’ means used without your authorization. Google is mostly rapid in removing stolen content, so you can expect that shortly after you put forward the complaint; it will be taken out from Google’s index.    
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