Legal blogging requires a lot of time and energy. And the last thing you want is for someone to copy and paste your content and claim that it’s their own. Unfortunately, this is all too easy to do and something that you should take steps to prevent.
But how exactly do you go about it? While it’s impossible to stop it altogether, there are some simple ways to protect your legal content. Here are some of the most effective.
Include a Byline Alongside All of Your Posts
A byline is a brief bio of who you are and what your credentials are. It’s a way to provide readers with a bit more information of the person behind the content they just read. But it serves another purpose—increasing the odds that you receive credit for writing your content.
Often what happens with lazier content thieves is they’ll use a tool to scrape content from a site. When this happens, all of the text—including your byline—will show up when they publish it. But adding a byline provides proof that you’re the original author for added security. While this won’t always work if a thief puts in the time to manually review your content, it will help you catch the lazier ones.
This is a WordPress plugin that’s perfect for safeguarding your content. The developer explains, “Some of the most common content copy methods (via mouse, keyboard and browser), such as right-click, image drag/drop/save, text selection/drag/drop, source code viewing, and keyboard copy shortcut keys such as CTRL A, C, X, U, S, and P are disabled with this plugin (just to name a few).”
This plugin disables these actions from happening, thus creating a secure line of defense. That way content thieves can’t seamlessly grab your content and images with ease—making their lives much more difficult. In many cases, this is enough to dissuade them from doing it entirely, and they’ll move onto other, easier targets.
Use the Copyright Proof Plugin to Protect Your Legal Content
This is another great plugin for keeping content thieves at bay. Here’s how it works:
“You obtain a digitally signed and time-stamped certificate of content of each WordPress post (for proof of copyright). Inserts combined certification, copyright, licensing, and attribution notice at end of post.”
It’s an effective way to prove that you’re the original author in case anyone has the audacity to steal your content and claim that they’re the rightful owners. Besides that, it tends to be an excellent deterrent to minimize the odds of this issue happening in the first place.
Content marketing is serious business these days. The brands that consistently put out high quality content are usually the ones that get links, higher search rankings and more leads. But of course not everyone is willing to put forth the effort to write great content from scratch and they prefer to scrape it from others.
While there is no be-all end-all solution to this problem, the three techniques listed here should certainly help and protect your legal content from being stolen.
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