This 4 Powerful WordPress Plugins to Help Prevent Content Theft article will explain how your blog content can be stolen without credit for others. It also explains which plugins you have to stop this from happening.
Unfortunately, being a blogger or content publisher means that there is a small group of people who rip off our content and display it as their own. They also don’t give credit for our hard work.
Before I get started, I want to clarify that I am not talking about syndication here. This is fine as long as attribution is given along with a link to the source.
This is blatant content theft. Individuals steal RSS feeds to find new content, then publish it without attribution on their own properties. Sometimes they even spin it into something that looks like it was written by a 5-year-old.
WordPress plugins to prevent content theft
Here are 5 powerful WordPress plugins to help you get rid of this.
1. Yoast WordPress SEO
You may be asking, “What?” You might be wondering, “What is an SEO plugin?” It can do a lot for you!
Part of the problem in content theft is that automatic blogging plugins repost content without credit. These plugins aren’t being reviewed by anyone, they’re all done automatically. This is a sad truth, but Google has recently updated this behavior.
WordPress SEO by Yoast offers an RSS menu that allows you to insert content to any post in your RSS feed.
You can make the content whatever you want, but you have the option to add an attribution code to your RSS feed. This will allow your post to be republished and provide a link back to the original site so search engines and readers can identify the author.
2. Copyright Notice
Feed Delay, WordPress SEO by Yoast and Feed Delay weren’t designed to stop copyright/content theft. However, this plugin was specifically created for that purpose.
Copyright Notice is a digitally signed, time stamped content certificate that you can place below every post on your website. This will help prove ownership.
It has many customizable options so it’s very useful. You can also customize colors for the copyright notice box to match the rest of your site.
3. Copy protection for WP Content
Although this plugin is the Swiss Army knife of copy protection plugins, it still lacks a few features so it could be used with Copyright Notice or Feed Delay.
Some of these features include the ability to disable right click and mouse, disable image drag & drop, and disable various keyboard commands.
Personally, I have no issues with people copying small snippets or using right click options. As a user this can get tedious. However, the main feature that stands apart is the deactivation of the image drag and drop function.
It is often far too simple for another blogger drag and drop your photo into their visual editor to include it in a blog post. Some may not think twice about doing this and have no bad intentions.
Problem is that when someone drags an image into their editor, it isn’t uploaded to your website. This results in bandwidth theft which can be a problem for the owner of the original image.
4. Tynt Insight WordPress
Although this plugin does not prevent content theft, I thought it was worth including because it can provide valuable insight into which content is being copied from your site.
You can also add a link to the original page by clicking “read more”. You can also add a Twitter username, creative commons license and/or a link back to your Facebook page.
This system can be set up by using a small snippet code if you are comfortable editing your theme files.
Summary of WordPress Plugins to Help Prevent Content Theft
There are many lazy people out there who steal other people’s content. You can protect your content more effectively if you use one or more of the above plugins. However, you should not make your website less usable.
This post was written to help you address the problem of content theft on your website.
Are you having any problems with content theft lately? Have you used any of these plugins to protect your content? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments.