What if spammers scrapped all your content? what if those scrape sites were higher up the search engine pages than your original unique blog post and were attracting search engine traffic rather than your original article? Well last year I wrote a very concise blog post over on the Nature Blog Network blog where I gave the readers some tips and lots of links on how to discourage those thieves in taking measures like the following:
- By using a short feed rather than a full feed.
- By adding an additional piece of text to the blog post by adding copyright and subscription information (like at the bottom of this post).
- Watermarking your images with your blog address/name.
- Using copyright meta data on your images and using Tineye to find the culprits and more.............!
|You're welcome to pin this picture of our UK native ladybird on pinterest to lead others to the content of this post|
So How could this work in our favour?
if Google crawls both pages and finds authorship markup on one, it might recognize that as the original page, thus keeping the scrapers from outranking you.
So if you want your unique content to be considered in this scheme then it all starts with having a Google + account.
So what's next I hear you ask?
OK are you all still with me? Now once you've done all of that you need to place a reciprocal link on your google + profile.
|a note to my fellow team members on Nature Blog Network: we've still to get this set up for each of our author pages on wordpress!|
Now you're talking to each other but we'll find out for sure very soon!
|You'll see that google will have verified that I am the author of this blog post so if this post is copied then google will know who the original content was written by.|
Phew............you'll be glad we're nearly there!
Edit to Add Things have changed around google and it's much easier now to get authorship of your blog posts. If you have a blogger blog then link up your blog to either your G+ personal profile or your G+ business/web page in the blogger dashboard though you'll still need to make sure that your blog is added to your G+ profile. You'll then see that your name on your blog is hyperlinked to your G+ account.
You can also now add your author profile from G+ to the bottom of your blog posts - like mine below.
- Just go to your blogger dashboard and go to page layout.
- Click on posts and at the very bottom of the list you can select to show your author profile from G+
#Tip The most important thing to do is to share your blog post on G+ as soon as possible as it's the quickest way for the google bots to get notified that you've just published fresh new content on your blog.
You can now also find out what your Virante author rank is from http://beta.authorrank.org created by the social media guru Mark Traphagen.
|My author rank 6.69 as at 20th January 2014|
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