Five Essential WordPress Content Protection Plugins

If you use WordPress to run your blog and have access to the plugins feature, meaning that you aren’t using a WordPress.com account, you have a deluge of ways to protect your content, especially your feed.

If you are concerned about content theft, there are several plugins that are simply not optional, they are requirements. These plugins provide critical protection to your feed and, best of all, do so without any direct action from you.

This frees you up to spend more time working on your blog and less time worrying about your content.

Angsuman’s Feed Copyrighter Plugin (link)

One of the best ways to prevent plagiarism of your work is to clearly mark it as yours. Covered previously on this site, the Feed Copyrighter Plugin is a simple plugin does exactly that.

It is a simple plugin that adds a short copyright notice to the footer of each feed entry. By default, this notice warns users that, if they are reading the content on any site other than the original, the person is guilty of copyright infringement. However, the plugin can be trivially modified, even by a non-coder like myself, to say just about anything else, including express a Creative Commons License.

This plugin is also completely combatable with Feedburner and most other feed plugins. All in all it is a simple install and simple set up that can work wonders for your feed.

Maxpower’s Digital Fingerprint Plugin (link)

Though still in beta, Maxpower’s plugin has already proved to be an invaluable tool in detecting content theft. It works by putting a unique phrase or string of characters into each entry of the feed and then performing searches for that term. Any hits are potential scrapers.

Though the plugin has some minor weaknesses, it has come a very long way since beta one and is a much-needed layer of protection for anyone running WordPress. It is completely Feedburner compatible and can be used in conjunction with other RSS feed plugins. It’s also one of the most convenient plugins available, operating everything from within the WordPress administration area

I already use it on this site and will likely continue to do so for some time to come.

Numly Plugin (link)

Written by Cal Evans, the Numly plugin automatically assigns Numly ESNs to your entries. These ESNs date and time stamp your work and affix author information to it. it will also save a copy of your work to Numly’s server.

This has several functions. First, in the event of a dispute over ownership you have proof of when and where you posted a work. Second, it can provide valuable protection against the orphan works legislation.

The greatest weakness in the plugin is that it does not work with the WordPress API so bloggers who use software to edit their blogs will have to manually resave their entries. Also, bloggers that post more than daily will have to spring for a paid Numly account, which costs about 5 dollars per month.

Still, it is a valuable plugin, especially for a site facing a great deal of spam bloggers.

AntiLeech (link)

A relatively new plugin, AntiLeech has already gartered a good amount of press. The plugin, which is by Owen Winkler, works by misdirecting scrapers. It identifies scrapers through a variety of methods and directs suspected bots to dummy content, content that is determined by the user.

It’s a simple concept along the lines of the previous article on cloaking and it seems to be working very well. Though a minor problem with Feedburner prevents me from using it, others have reported great success with it.

It is rapidly becoming one of the most popular tools for preventing content scraping in WordPress blogs.

Bad Behavior (link)

Finally, protecting your feed is an important step, but protecting your site is equally important as well. Bad Behavior, by detecting robots of all variety and blocking them, can do that.

Though an anti-spam plugin by design, Bad Behavior can also detect many automated scrapers and stop them before they can steal too much of your content. It’s not perfect and certainly wasn’t designed for this use, but it has had more than a modest amount of success in this area.

While it’s definitely a fine anti-spam plugin, it’s at least an equally fine content theft deterrent. Any plugin that can perform double duty is definitely a must have.

Conclusions

In the end, if you use WordPress, there many plugins available to help you protect your content and, considering that most have no negative impact on regular readers, it makes perfect sense to take advantage of them.

To do otherwise would be taking an unneeded risk and putting your content in danger of wholesale scraping.

33 Responses to Five Essential WordPress Content Protection Plugins

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  6. Will says:

    Just a note: You say in your post "Also, bloggers that post more than daily will have to spring for a paid Numly account".

    I just signed up for Numley and their page says that a free account gets 3 per month, not 1 per day. Maybe they recently changed this, but I am not sure it is worth $60.00 per year unless a blog is making money.

  7. JB says:

    Will,

    You are correct, it did change since this was posted. It previously was thirty per month, which averaged out to one per day.

    Hope that helps1

  8. Will says:

    Just a note: You say in your post “Also, bloggers that post more than daily will have to spring for a paid Numly account”.

    I just signed up for Numley and their page says that a free account gets 3 per month, not 1 per day. Maybe they recently changed this, but I am not sure it is worth $60.00 per year unless a blog is making money.

  9. JB says:

    Will,

    You are correct, it did change since this was posted. It previously was thirty per month, which averaged out to one per day.

    Hope that helps1

  10. Will says:

    Another question that many here may find helpful information given your expertise in stopping spammers and scrapers…

    I have been looking at the website of the author of your "Contact" form. Have you been happy with this form? Does it really stop spammers from getting though? It only seems to ask a question and I have read that many spammers somehow get around that.

  11. JB says:

    Will,

    It does work very well. First, it has several behind-the-scenes security measures that prevent it from being easily abused. Second it's secure so that it can only send mail to me, not to anyone else and, finally, I change the question from time to time to keep spammers on their toes.

    There are ways around that, it usually involves somoen answering the question once and then adding it to a database. However, it's not worth doing that for the right to send email to one person. It's different when posting comments, which can be viewed by manymore.

    It's adequate protection for the form. I have not been spammed through it since I installed it.

  12. Will says:

    Another question that many here may find helpful information given your expertise in stopping spammers and scrapers…

    I have been looking at the website of the author of your “Contact” form. Have you been happy with this form? Does it really stop spammers from getting though? It only seems to ask a question and I have read that many spammers somehow get around that.

  13. JB says:

    Will,

    It does work very well. First, it has several behind-the-scenes security measures that prevent it from being easily abused. Second it’s secure so that it can only send mail to me, not to anyone else and, finally, I change the question from time to time to keep spammers on their toes.

    There are ways around that, it usually involves somoen answering the question once and then adding it to a database. However, it’s not worth doing that for the right to send email to one person. It’s different when posting comments, which can be viewed by manymore.

    It’s adequate protection for the form. I have not been spammed through it since I installed it.

  14. Will says:

    Thanks!

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  17. Thanks SO much for this great post. I have a question. In your experience, what works best to stop FeedWordPress to steal my content? AntiLeech seems good but I am not sure if it’s my best bet. Your feedback would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks again

  18. JB says:

    FranchiseBrief,

    I would take a look at a plugin that came out after this feed was released, CopyFeed. You can read about it here:

    http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2007/05/24/copyfeed-plugin-now-available-in-english/

    If you don’t use it at the same time you use FeedBurner, it should be fine. It’s by far the most powerful plugin out there right now.

  19. JB says:

    FranchiseBrief,

    I would take a look at a plugin that came out after this feed was released, CopyFeed. You can read about it here:

    http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2007/05/24/copyf

    If you don’t use it at the same time you use FeedBurner, it should be fine. It’s by far the most powerful plugin out there right now.

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  23. Aravind says:

    Awesome post.

    I'm gonna use the first one…

    Wonder this hasn't made into stumbleupon…it's never too late , so i added it..
    :)

  24. Aravind says:

    Awesome post.
    I’m gonna use the first one…
    Wonder this hasn’t made into stumbleupon…it’s never too late , so i added it..
    :)

  25. Aravind: Probably didn’t hit SU because I just started offering the button a few months ago. Thank you for the submission though, it seems to have hit SU in a pretty big way thanks to what you did!

  26. Frank says:

    Please see another plugin with scan for content deft: &copy:Feed

  27. Frank says:

    Please see another plugin with scan for content deft: &copy:Feed

  28. [...] Five Essential WordPress Content Protection Plugins – If you are concerned about content theft, there are several plugins that are simply not optional, they are requirements. These plugins provide critical protection to your feed and, best of all, do so without any direct action from you… [...]

  29. [...] to find it in some other blog word for word copied using RSS feed of your blog, here is a way to stop RSS feed scrapers from stealing your content. I don’t know of a way to stop copy-paste method using a plugin. Let me know if you have a [...]

  30. CoreBloggers says:

    Best WordPress Content Plugins…

    In this post I am going mention some wordpress plugins that you can use in your posts and pages to make them look better and also helps you to add more value into your content. Before going further to read this post, I want you to check my post in whic…

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  32. john tanedo says:

    Is there any plugin that provides security to content like videos that you host yourself? something that prevents users to link directly to your files and prevents them to view the source code? something like s3flowshield for amazon S3 hosted files?

  33. Is there a WP plugin that automatically adds a link to a page/post when someone copy/pastes content? This script seems to be present on a lot of major news sites and some smaller ones as well. Like if I copied a paragraph from this post it would say read more: http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/2006/10/09/five-essential-wordpress-content-protection-plugins/ automatically appended to the bottom. Any idea where I can get that for WordPress??

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