As a freelance writer, you work hard to create masterpieces for reader everywhere to benefit from. Whether it’s a how to on a topic you enjoy or a review on a specific product, the content you write should be protected at all cost. Sadly, many writers spend hours working on quality content this is only to be duplicated once it is published. The following are tips that will help you prevent your content from being stolen.
• Include at the bottom of the article or on the webpage that the content is copyrighted with a remark. If you don’t want someone to come along and copy your content, you must include at the bottom of the page a remark that the information is protected by copyright. Include the date of the content and your business name. Some people will respect the remark and not reuse your information as long as it exists in the footer of the webpage. Others, however, will totally disregard the remark. Ensure the mark is there for those who will respect it.
• Make users of your information request permission from you. If you don’t mind others using bits a pieces of your information, explain this on your web page as well. Include an email address where other writers can contact you and request to use the information that you have on your page. You will have sole discretion of approving or denying the requests.
• Check the web for your material and make others aware that the content is stolen. To ensure that your material is still safe and sound, use specially designed programs to check for duplicated material. It can inform you of people or companies that may be duplicating material. If you do find someone is using your content, you can exploit them. Do random check of the internet to see if your information is circulating in places where it should not be.
• Register with the U.S. Copyright Office. Registering your material with the U.S. Copyright Office will help ensure that you can take legal action against those who decide to steal your information. You can also include on your website that your information is protected by this office. Perhaps this will serve to deter people from stealing your content. This adds an extra layer of protection to your material. Be sure to register with the U.S. Copyright Office.
• Disable the right click feature on your website to make it more difficult for people to take your information. If you don’t want people stealing your content, make it difficult to do so. Disabling the right click option on your page will make it more difficult for thieves to take your information. By doing this, thieves will have to work harder to copy your information down verbatim.
• Take legal action against thieves. If you are really serious about protecting your content, get a lawyer and have those who steal your information take responsibility for their actions. If you continue to let people steal it, they will continue to take it at free will. Prove that you have no tolerance for your information being stolen. While it may be hard to catch every thief who steals your information, you can still make a difference by putting a stop to a few.
• Use Java of Flash in an attempt to protect your content. The code that you use to display your information may also provide protection to you information. This will deter automated article spinners from targeting your information.
If you work hard to create high quality, useful information for your readers and don’t want others to take advantage of your work, you must do what it takes to protect your content. Content stealing is problem that is continuing to grow as internet marketing becomes a more viable source of income for freelance writers. Use the tips above to help protect the content on your website. From including a copyright remark to doing random searches of the internet to pinpoint stolen material, there are ways in which you can put a stop to the stealing of your content. Make an effort to hold those who take your information accountable.