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In this day and age of content scrapers, website owners must be diligent in protecting what is theirs. Here are 5 ways you can ensure that you protect your content.

  1. Add a copyright notice to your website – While this won’t protect your content 100%, it will put content scrapers on notice. Some scrapers will see your notice and leave well enough alone, but enough content scrapers will ignore it that you should do more than just state your rights publicly.
  2. Send a request for removal – Many websites will remove your content if you simply ask, however, many more more won’t. That’s why you should be prepared to send a Cease and Desist Letter from your legal representative followed by a DMCA complaint filed with Google. But remember, you can take them to court, however, many content scrapers are in third world countries and out of reach of U.S. law.
  3. Use your Robots.txt disallow – If you know specific robots that are scraping your content, block them.
  4. .htaccess – Block robots from crawling your content using your .htaccess file.
  5. Use Creative Commons – Like traditional copyright, Creative Commons has its limitations. However, you can assign a wider variety of rights to your content if you want to encourage sharing, adaptive uses, and other types of creative licenses.

When it comes to protecting your content, be diligent and aggressive.

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