Sometimes you spend hours, maybe days to prepare a unique article for your website but it takes seconds for someone to copy that post of yours and share it through his/her website and it is not fair, right? We are in digital age and even ordinary people can easily start a blog with WordPress and they can put whatever they want in those blogs. Even if Google punish those websites which copy content from other websites by lowering their ratings but due to the information age, people can easily advertise and feature their content through social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Instagram; therefore, search engines are not one and only authority anymore.
Most of the blogs, including big and popular ones, copy content from each other. They might not be copying and pasting contents sentence by sentence in order to keep their Google ranking high but when they see an interesting topic from other websites, they will probably share it by changing couple of sentences or after rewriting it. They don’t deny this fact and some of them are pretty honest about it. Top news/media websites like Mashable and Huffington Post are not even trying to hide it, they put HT (heard through) below the articles and give credit the websites.
In order to stop people from copying your content, it seems logical to disable selection and right click from your website because most people won’t bother reading and writing the whole article sentence by sentence and simply go to other websites to find another article, right?
Unfortunately, the answer is no and there is more than one reason that proves it is a huge mistake.
1. Bad User Experience
Most people visit your website innocently to read or learn something, not to steal your content. When they read something they don’t know about or when they read more about, they might want to google it from other sources. The easiest way to do it is to copy and paste the part they want to investigate on Google. However, when they realize you can’t do that, they might get annoyed or just leave your website. Some of them might even think it as a technical problem.
2. Slower Website
3. Easy Solution
Settings -> Content Settings -> Manage Exceptions -> Enter Website URL -> Block
So What To Do?
The logical solution would be old-fashioned way. First, send them a polite email about the situation. Some websites accept contributors and the website owner could be a good guy. Therefore, send them a nice email that there is a thief in their ranks and that person steal your content. Once your content is removed, you can move on.
If it doesn’t work and website owner has dirty on his/her hands, your hands will get dirty too. Since they steal content, that means their Google ranking is low and they use social media websites to feature their content. Then you should hit them where it hurts most. Open a fake account from that social media and spam their social media accounts with your fake account. Tell them how dirty they are and inform their followers that they are nothing but a thief.
Final Thought: If someone copy this article and put his/her website, now that would be hilarious.