Making the Switch: Going From Partial to Full Feeds

Feed IconContent theft and RSS scraping is not going away. As more and more spammers get into the game and the tools they use improve in effectiveness, the problem is only going to get worse. Because of this, RSS feeds are going to remain vulnerable and bloggers will continue to seek out ways to protect them.

However, readers have come to expect and demand full RSS feeds. Some will not subscribe to partial feeds and no one seems to prefer them. Worse still, FeedBurner reports that partial feeds do not generate significantly more clickthroughs than full ones, meaning that there is little business justification for keeping your feeds partial.

It seems that the only justification left for using partial feeds is to reduce the prevalence and impact of content theft. While it certainly does that, the debate about whether or not it is worth the inconvenience it presents to users is a debate that rages on.

Still, many are beginning to take a new look at the partial vs. full feed debate and some who have switched their feed over to partial are thinking about changing it back or making it full for the first time. For those considering the switch, it is important to remember that, while partial feeds are more secure, there are ways to greatly reduce the danger of having a full feed without negatively impacting your users.

All you have to do is take a few simple precautions.

WordPress Users

If you are a WordPress user and not on the “.com” free service, you have a slew of plugins available to help you secure your feed detect content theft and even stop it before it starts. If you are considering the switch to a full feed, consider installing the following plugins to help you keep your content away from prying hands.

  1. AntiLeech: Reviews of AntiLeech range from “better than nothing” to “walks on water”. Antileech works by analyzing the “user-agent” string or IP address of requests for your feed and deliver dummy content to any unwanted visitors. Antileech can also detect new User-Agents by embedding an image into the feed. However, many scrapers hide their user agent to appear legitimate and change IP addresses frequently. Some may even bypass your feed and, instead, scrape the work from third party sources. Still, AntiLeech may be able to block many of your average scrapers before they ever get to your content.
  2. CopyFeed: A swiss army knife of content protection, CopyFeed can not only add a digital fingerprint to the post, but also embed the IP address of the feed reader and add a copyright statement. It can even ban unwanted IPs from accessing your feed in the future. This enables you to use the fingerprint to detect scraping and then take immediate action against the scraper by banning the IP of the bot, conveniently displayed in the scraped post. One has to be careful though with this plugin not to accidentally ban legitimate readers such as Google Reader.
  3. Digital Fingerprint Plugin: Though its functionality can be found in CopyFeed, MaxPower’s plugin is extremely simple and plays nicer with FeedBurner. This plugin allows you to embed a digital fingerprint into your post and easily search for it in your WP admin panel. A simple solution for those who do not require all of the power of CopyFeed.

In addition to these plugins, you can also make modifications to your feed directly by editing your template and WordPress core files. Doing that, you can add fingerprints and copyright statements very easily without the need to install plugins.

Free Service Users

If you use a free service such as WordPress.com or Blogspot, your back is against the wall. You can’t install plugins, you can’t manipulate core files and you don’t have access to the server so there is no simple way to restrict access to your site.

If you are in that situation, you may need to take a serious look at using FeedBurner to control your feed. Though FeedBurner may not be able to do anything to stop your feed from being scraped, it does offer feed modifications and tools that can help you simulate many of the tools available to self-hosted blogs.

First, using their Feed Flare service, you can easily add digital fingerprints and copyright notices to your feeds. These elements will likely be scraped just the same as if they were put there by a WordPress plugin. Scrapers, it seems do not know the difference.

However, more importantly, their “Uncommon Uses” tool allows you to track and follow up on suspicious usage of your feed. Since FeedBurner controls over 1.1 million feeds, they have a pretty clear view as to what is “normal” and “abnormal” usage of one’s content. Though the reliability of this tools has not been proved, one would suspect it to be at least as powerful as any plugin system available.

The drawback to FeedBurner is that they can not stop the scraping of your content once it has started. However, they can at least offer you insight into how your feed is being used and direct you to potential abuse. That is more than most free services provide, which often leave you in the dark.

Conclusions

When it has come to the partial vs. full debate, I have always fallen on the side of full feeds. It has always been my stance that, with reasonable precautions, full feeds can be secure enough to be practical and that they better serve readers and the site.

However, I have never chastised or argued with anyone who has disagreed with me. I’ve always felt that it was a personal decision that every blogger has to make and it comes down to a decision about what role one wants their feed to play in their site.

That being said, it also appears that the mainstream media also disagrees strongly with me on this topic. A recent survey I did of ten of the largest media companies, including the AP, Reuters, CNN and others, found that they all used RSS feeds, but all had their feeds set to either headline-only or to display the first few words.

I’m going to do a more thorough content analysis of the MSM and RSS in a future post.

In the end though, if you are running a partial feed and are considering the switch, there are ways to provide better security for your feed. For, while no full feed will be as secure as a partial one, it can easily be arranged so that the trade-off between security and functionality doesn’t have to be as difficult of a decision to make.

Notes:

The RSS Icon above is used from Feed Icons under the Mozilla Foundations Guidelines.

I am currently working with a representative from Six Apart to find similar tools for MovableType.

57 comments
Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

BigPappa: I'm glad that the article was helpful and thanks for relaying the information about the click count going up, just more proof to my theory. Thank you very much for posting!

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

BigPappa: I'm glad that the article was helpful and thanks for relaying the information about the click count going up, just more proof to my theory. Thank you very much for posting!

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

BigPappa: I'm glad that the article was helpful and thanks for relaying the information about the click count going up, just more proof to my theory. Thank you very much for posting!

BigPappa
BigPappa

I know this is an old article but I found it very helpful. I just went to partial feeds and my feed clicks actually went up. Most of them are coming from email subscriptions.

BigPappa
BigPappa

I know this is an old article but I found it very helpful. I just went to partial feeds and my feed clicks actually went up. Most of them are coming from email subscriptions.

BigPappa
BigPappa

I know this is an old article but I found it very helpful. I just went to partial feeds and my feed clicks actually went up. Most of them are coming from email subscriptions.

JB
JB

Bobby: Thanks for all of the positive feedback. I greatly appreciate it.
I'm glad that AntiLeech is working for you still. I"m kind of surprised but very relieved that is the case.
As far as hosts monitoring their customers, I don't see how that is possible. A host might have 100,000 customers but only able to afford six abuse agents. Besides, the DMCA prevents them from having to do that.
It would be nice, but it is impossible both in terms of practicality and legality. Some hosts do make some attempt, such as ThePlanet, but most don't.
In th meantime, good luck with everything and let me know if I can help!
Opal: There's a constant shift in what sites scrapers are using. I've been seeing a lot on Google Groups and private domains. It's all a matter of what network you've attracted the attention of and what they use.
Generally, it is easy to deal with, but it still is very frustrating.

JB
JB

Bobby: Thanks for all of the positive feedback. I greatly appreciate it. I'm glad that AntiLeech is working for you still. I"m kind of surprised but very relieved that is the case. As far as hosts monitoring their customers, I don't see how that is possible. A host might have 100,000 customers but only able to afford six abuse agents. Besides, the DMCA prevents them from having to do that. It would be nice, but it is impossible both in terms of practicality and legality. Some hosts do make some attempt, such as ThePlanet, but most don't. In th meantime, good luck with everything and let me know if I can help! Opal: There's a constant shift in what sites scrapers are using. I've been seeing a lot on Google Groups and private domains. It's all a matter of what network you've attracted the attention of and what they use. Generally, it is easy to deal with, but it still is very frustrating.

JB
JB

Bobby: Thanks for all of the positive feedback. I greatly appreciate it.

I'm glad that AntiLeech is working for you still. I"m kind of surprised but very relieved that is the case.

As far as hosts monitoring their customers, I don't see how that is possible. A host might have 100,000 customers but only able to afford six abuse agents. Besides, the DMCA prevents them from having to do that.

It would be nice, but it is impossible both in terms of practicality and legality. Some hosts do make some attempt, such as ThePlanet, but most don't.

In th meantime, good luck with everything and let me know if I can help!

Opal: There's a constant shift in what sites scrapers are using. I've been seeing a lot on Google Groups and private domains. It's all a matter of what network you've attracted the attention of and what they use.

Generally, it is easy to deal with, but it still is very frustrating.

Opal Tribble
Opal Tribble

JB,
Thanks for the response and the email. I have the latest version of WP I'll follow up with the plog in authors and see what they can do. It's frustrating seeing my full content being copied. I'm noticing this a lot more with Windows Live. The past few days my total content has been copied from a few people using this service.

Opal Tribble
Opal Tribble

JB, Thanks for the response and the email. I have the latest version of WP I'll follow up with the plog in authors and see what they can do. It's frustrating seeing my full content being copied. I'm noticing this a lot more with Windows Live. The past few days my total content has been copied from a few people using this service.

JB
JB

Bobby: Thanks for all of the positive feedback. I greatly appreciate it.

I'm glad that AntiLeech is working for you still. I"m kind of surprised but very relieved that is the case.

As far as hosts monitoring their customers, I don't see how that is possible. A host might have 100,000 customers but only able to afford six abuse agents. Besides, the DMCA prevents them from having to do that.

It would be nice, but it is impossible both in terms of practicality and legality. Some hosts do make some attempt, such as ThePlanet, but most don't.

In th meantime, good luck with everything and let me know if I can help!

Opal: There's a constant shift in what sites scrapers are using. I've been seeing a lot on Google Groups and private domains. It's all a matter of what network you've attracted the attention of and what they use.

Generally, it is easy to deal with, but it still is very frustrating.

Opal Tribble
Opal Tribble

JB,
Thanks for the response and the email. I have the latest version of WP I'll follow up with the plog in authors and see what they can do. It's frustrating seeing my full content being copied. I'm noticing this a lot more with Windows Live. The past few days my total content has been copied from a few people using this service.

JB
JB

Bobby: Thanks for all of the positive feedback. I greatly appreciate it. I'm glad that AntiLeech is working for you still. I"m kind of surprised but very relieved that is the case. As far as hosts monitoring their customers, I don't see how that is possible. A host might have 100,000 customers but only able to afford six abuse agents. Besides, the DMCA prevents them from having to do that.It would be nice, but it is impossible both in terms of practicality and legality. Some hosts do make some attempt, such as ThePlanet, but most don't.In th meantime, good luck with everything and let me know if I can help!Opal: There's a constant shift in what sites scrapers are using. I've been seeing a lot on Google Groups and private domains. It's all a matter of what network you've attracted the attention of and what they use.Generally, it is easy to deal with, but it still is very frustrating.

JB
JB

Bobby: Thanks for all of the positive feedback. I greatly appreciate it. I'm glad that AntiLeech is working for you still. I"m kind of surprised but very relieved that is the case. As far as hosts monitoring their customers, I don't see how that is possible. A host might have 100,000 customers but only able to afford six abuse agents. Besides, the DMCA prevents them from having to do that.It would be nice, but it is impossible both in terms of practicality and legality. Some hosts do make some attempt, such as ThePlanet, but most don't.In th meantime, good luck with everything and let me know if I can help!Opal: There's a constant shift in what sites scrapers are using. I've been seeing a lot on Google Groups and private domains. It's all a matter of what network you've attracted the attention of and what they use.Generally, it is easy to deal with, but it still is very frustrating.

Opal Tribble
Opal Tribble

JB,Thanks for the response and the email. I have the latest version of WP I'll follow up with the plog in authors and see what they can do. It's frustrating seeing my full content being copied. I'm noticing this a lot more with Windows Live. The past few days my total content has been copied from a few people using this service.

Opal Tribble
Opal Tribble

JB,Thanks for the response and the email. I have the latest version of WP I'll follow up with the plog in authors and see what they can do. It's frustrating seeing my full content being copied. I'm noticing this a lot more with Windows Live. The past few days my total content has been copied from a few people using this service.

Bobby Revell
Bobby Revell

I have never thought about going to a partial feed and don't plan on switching. I have been using the anti-leech plug in and the results have been very good.

My newest post was scraped by only one site which is much less than the normal 3-15 or so that I normally get. It really is a pain to do all this but it is necessary.

I wish that hosts would keep an eye on their own customers to make sure they are running authentic sites. That is just wishful thinking on my part.

Just like you told me, I received an email from Google saying that I must file a DMCA notice to get anything done. It just bothers me that anyone can look at one of these sites and know instantly that they are not running a normal blog or site.

Thanks Jonathan for all the great insight. It's really nice to have someone like you cutting to the core of the problem, looking for real solutions that work. I definetly support you 100%...good luck and keep up the most important work you are doing:)

Bobby Revell
Bobby Revell

I have never thought about going to a partial feed and don't plan on switching. I have been using the anti-leech plug in and the results have been very good.
My newest post was scraped by only one site which is much less than the normal 3-15 or so that I normally get. It really is a pain to do all this but it is necessary.
I wish that hosts would keep an eye on their own customers to make sure they are running authentic sites. That is just wishful thinking on my part.
Just like you told me, I received an email from Google saying that I must file a DMCA notice to get anything done. It just bothers me that anyone can look at one of these sites and know instantly that they are not running a normal blog or site.
Thanks Jonathan for all the great insight. It's really nice to have someone like you cutting to the core of the problem, looking for real solutions that work. I definetly support you 100%...good luck and keep up the most important work you are doing:)

Bobby Revell
Bobby Revell

I have never thought about going to a partial feed and don't plan on switching. I have been using the anti-leech plug in and the results have been very good. My newest post was scraped by only one site which is much less than the normal 3-15 or so that I normally get. It really is a pain to do all this but it is necessary. I wish that hosts would keep an eye on their own customers to make sure they are running authentic sites. That is just wishful thinking on my part. Just like you told me, I received an email from Google saying that I must file a DMCA notice to get anything done. It just bothers me that anyone can look at one of these sites and know instantly that they are not running a normal blog or site. Thanks Jonathan for all the great insight. It's really nice to have someone like you cutting to the core of the problem, looking for real solutions that work. I definetly support you 100%...good luck and keep up the most important work you are doing:)

Bobby Revell
Bobby Revell

I have never thought about going to a partial feed and don't plan on switching. I have been using the anti-leech plug in and the results have been very good.

My newest post was scraped by only one site which is much less than the normal 3-15 or so that I normally get. It really is a pain to do all this but it is necessary.

I wish that hosts would keep an eye on their own customers to make sure they are running authentic sites. That is just wishful thinking on my part.

Just like you told me, I received an email from Google saying that I must file a DMCA notice to get anything done. It just bothers me that anyone can look at one of these sites and know instantly that they are not running a normal blog or site.

Thanks Jonathan for all the great insight. It's really nice to have someone like you cutting to the core of the problem, looking for real solutions that work. I definetly support you 100%...good luck and keep up the most important work you are doing:)

Bobby Revell
Bobby Revell

I have never thought about going to a partial feed and don't plan on switching. I have been using the anti-leech plug in and the results have been very good.My newest post was scraped by only one site which is much less than the normal 3-15 or so that I normally get. It really is a pain to do all this but it is necessary.I wish that hosts would keep an eye on their own customers to make sure they are running authentic sites. That is just wishful thinking on my part.Just like you told me, I received an email from Google saying that I must file a DMCA notice to get anything done. It just bothers me that anyone can look at one of these sites and know instantly that they are not running a normal blog or site.Thanks Jonathan for all the great insight. It's really nice to have someone like you cutting to the core of the problem, looking for real solutions that work. I definetly support you 100%...good luck and keep up the most important work you are doing:)

Bobby Revell
Bobby Revell

I have never thought about going to a partial feed and don't plan on switching. I have been using the anti-leech plug in and the results have been very good.My newest post was scraped by only one site which is much less than the normal 3-15 or so that I normally get. It really is a pain to do all this but it is necessary.I wish that hosts would keep an eye on their own customers to make sure they are running authentic sites. That is just wishful thinking on my part.Just like you told me, I received an email from Google saying that I must file a DMCA notice to get anything done. It just bothers me that anyone can look at one of these sites and know instantly that they are not running a normal blog or site.Thanks Jonathan for all the great insight. It's really nice to have someone like you cutting to the core of the problem, looking for real solutions that work. I definetly support you 100%...good luck and keep up the most important work you are doing:)

JB
JB

Mike: Thanks for the input there. It seems to me, at the very least, it didn't hurt. That's pretty much all that is important.
Cybele: First off, you're free to email me porn any time you want so long as it is for the purpose of fighting spam. I spend all day looking at gambling, viagra and porn ads anyway. I'm glad I'm not easy to offend.
However, I do find it amusing that your partial feed is getting scraped. But I have noticed that rise in summary scraping for some time. I think it's an attempt to parlay some of the copyright issues that arise from scraping the full post, even though it doesn't actually change much in that regard since the use isn't transformative.
The other possibility is that it is a means to escape the duplicate content filters on Google. I'm not sure how well that one flies though.
Anyway, feel free to send any samples that you have. The same goes for anyone else. I deal with spam, I can't afford to be a prude.
Opal: I got your email and I'll be responding more there in a bit. But I would definitely try AntiLeech and see if that works.
As far as CopyFeed goes, you might want to make sure you had the latest version as WP just redid its plugin structure some. CopyFeed wa supdated not that long ago and I think there were some compatibility fixes along the way.
If that doesn't work, you'd be better off seeking help from the makers of the plugin. I don't use it on PT as it isn't compatible with FeedBurner.
I'll be writing more soon!

JB
JB

Mike: Thanks for the input there. It seems to me, at the very least, it didn't hurt. That's pretty much all that is important. Cybele: First off, you're free to email me porn any time you want so long as it is for the purpose of fighting spam. I spend all day looking at gambling, viagra and porn ads anyway. I'm glad I'm not easy to offend. However, I do find it amusing that your partial feed is getting scraped. But I have noticed that rise in summary scraping for some time. I think it's an attempt to parlay some of the copyright issues that arise from scraping the full post, even though it doesn't actually change much in that regard since the use isn't transformative. The other possibility is that it is a means to escape the duplicate content filters on Google. I'm not sure how well that one flies though. Anyway, feel free to send any samples that you have. The same goes for anyone else. I deal with spam, I can't afford to be a prude. Opal: I got your email and I'll be responding more there in a bit. But I would definitely try AntiLeech and see if that works. As far as CopyFeed goes, you might want to make sure you had the latest version as WP just redid its plugin structure some. CopyFeed wa supdated not that long ago and I think there were some compatibility fixes along the way. If that doesn't work, you'd be better off seeking help from the makers of the plugin. I don't use it on PT as it isn't compatible with FeedBurner. I'll be writing more soon!

JB
JB

Mike: Thanks for the input there. It seems to me, at the very least, it didn't hurt. That's pretty much all that is important.

Cybele: First off, you're free to email me porn any time you want so long as it is for the purpose of fighting spam. I spend all day looking at gambling, viagra and porn ads anyway. I'm glad I'm not easy to offend.

However, I do find it amusing that your partial feed is getting scraped. But I have noticed that rise in summary scraping for some time. I think it's an attempt to parlay some of the copyright issues that arise from scraping the full post, even though it doesn't actually change much in that regard since the use isn't transformative.

The other possibility is that it is a means to escape the duplicate content filters on Google. I'm not sure how well that one flies though.

Anyway, feel free to send any samples that you have. The same goes for anyone else. I deal with spam, I can't afford to be a prude.

Opal: I got your email and I'll be responding more there in a bit. But I would definitely try AntiLeech and see if that works.

As far as CopyFeed goes, you might want to make sure you had the latest version as WP just redid its plugin structure some. CopyFeed wa supdated not that long ago and I think there were some compatibility fixes along the way.

If that doesn't work, you'd be better off seeking help from the makers of the plugin. I don't use it on PT as it isn't compatible with FeedBurner.

I'll be writing more soon!

JB
JB

Mike: Thanks for the input there. It seems to me, at the very least, it didn't hurt. That's pretty much all that is important.

Cybele: First off, you're free to email me porn any time you want so long as it is for the purpose of fighting spam. I spend all day looking at gambling, viagra and porn ads anyway. I'm glad I'm not easy to offend.

However, I do find it amusing that your partial feed is getting scraped. But I have noticed that rise in summary scraping for some time. I think it's an attempt to parlay some of the copyright issues that arise from scraping the full post, even though it doesn't actually change much in that regard since the use isn't transformative.

The other possibility is that it is a means to escape the duplicate content filters on Google. I'm not sure how well that one flies though.

Anyway, feel free to send any samples that you have. The same goes for anyone else. I deal with spam, I can't afford to be a prude.

Opal: I got your email and I'll be responding more there in a bit. But I would definitely try AntiLeech and see if that works.

As far as CopyFeed goes, you might want to make sure you had the latest version as WP just redid its plugin structure some. CopyFeed wa supdated not that long ago and I think there were some compatibility fixes along the way.

If that doesn't work, you'd be better off seeking help from the makers of the plugin. I don't use it on PT as it isn't compatible with FeedBurner.

I'll be writing more soon!

JB
JB

Mike: Thanks for the input there. It seems to me, at the very least, it didn't hurt. That's pretty much all that is important.Cybele: First off, you're free to email me porn any time you want so long as it is for the purpose of fighting spam. I spend all day looking at gambling, viagra and porn ads anyway. I'm glad I'm not easy to offend.However, I do find it amusing that your partial feed is getting scraped. But I have noticed that rise in summary scraping for some time. I think it's an attempt to parlay some of the copyright issues that arise from scraping the full post, even though it doesn't actually change much in that regard since the use isn't transformative.The other possibility is that it is a means to escape the duplicate content filters on Google. I'm not sure how well that one flies though.Anyway, feel free to send any samples that you have. The same goes for anyone else. I deal with spam, I can't afford to be a prude.Opal: I got your email and I'll be responding more there in a bit. But I would definitely try AntiLeech and see if that works. As far as CopyFeed goes, you might want to make sure you had the latest version as WP just redid its plugin structure some. CopyFeed wa supdated not that long ago and I think there were some compatibility fixes along the way.If that doesn't work, you'd be better off seeking help from the makers of the plugin. I don't use it on PT as it isn't compatible with FeedBurner.I'll be writing more soon!

JB
JB

Mike: Thanks for the input there. It seems to me, at the very least, it didn't hurt. That's pretty much all that is important.Cybele: First off, you're free to email me porn any time you want so long as it is for the purpose of fighting spam. I spend all day looking at gambling, viagra and porn ads anyway. I'm glad I'm not easy to offend.However, I do find it amusing that your partial feed is getting scraped. But I have noticed that rise in summary scraping for some time. I think it's an attempt to parlay some of the copyright issues that arise from scraping the full post, even though it doesn't actually change much in that regard since the use isn't transformative.The other possibility is that it is a means to escape the duplicate content filters on Google. I'm not sure how well that one flies though.Anyway, feel free to send any samples that you have. The same goes for anyone else. I deal with spam, I can't afford to be a prude.Opal: I got your email and I'll be responding more there in a bit. But I would definitely try AntiLeech and see if that works. As far as CopyFeed goes, you might want to make sure you had the latest version as WP just redid its plugin structure some. CopyFeed wa supdated not that long ago and I think there were some compatibility fixes along the way.If that doesn't work, you'd be better off seeking help from the makers of the plugin. I don't use it on PT as it isn't compatible with FeedBurner.I'll be writing more soon!

Opal Tribble
Opal Tribble

Thanks for this post. My content, on my websites, gets scraped often even with the disclaimer that I include with my feeds I'm still seeing my full content being scraped. Any ideas?

A post I wrote a few days ago was scraped right down to hotlinking my photo somehow it was disabled on my admin panel.

I've noticed that this has happened before (being deactivated without me touching anything) so I'll have to follow up with my hosting provider.

I tried to load CopyFeed a few weeks ago but for some reason it will not show up in my plugins. I'm thinking there is some type of conflict?

Opal Tribble
Opal Tribble

Thanks for this post. My content, on my websites, gets scraped often even with the disclaimer that I include with my feeds I'm still seeing my full content being scraped. Any ideas?
A post I wrote a few days ago was scraped right down to hotlinking my photo somehow it was disabled on my admin panel.
I've noticed that this has happened before (being deactivated without me touching anything) so I'll have to follow up with my hosting provider.
I tried to load CopyFeed a few weeks ago but for some reason it will not show up in my plugins. I'm thinking there is some type of conflict?

Opal Tribble
Opal Tribble

Thanks for this post. My content, on my websites, gets scraped often even with the disclaimer that I include with my feeds I'm still seeing my full content being scraped. Any ideas? A post I wrote a few days ago was scraped right down to hotlinking my photo somehow it was disabled on my admin panel. I've noticed that this has happened before (being deactivated without me touching anything) so I'll have to follow up with my hosting provider. I tried to load CopyFeed a few weeks ago but for some reason it will not show up in my plugins. I'm thinking there is some type of conflict?

Opal Tribble
Opal Tribble

Thanks for this post. My content, on my websites, gets scraped often even with the disclaimer that I include with my feeds I'm still seeing my full content being scraped. Any ideas?

A post I wrote a few days ago was scraped right down to hotlinking my photo somehow it was disabled on my admin panel.

I've noticed that this has happened before (being deactivated without me touching anything) so I'll have to follow up with my hosting provider.

I tried to load CopyFeed a few weeks ago but for some reason it will not show up in my plugins. I'm thinking there is some type of conflict?

Opal Tribble
Opal Tribble

Thanks for this post. My content, on my websites, gets scraped often even with the disclaimer that I include with my feeds I'm still seeing my full content being scraped. Any ideas? A post I wrote a few days ago was scraped right down to hotlinking my photo somehow it was disabled on my admin panel. I've noticed that this has happened before (being deactivated without me touching anything) so I'll have to follow up with my hosting provider.I tried to load CopyFeed a few weeks ago but for some reason it will not show up in my plugins. I'm thinking there is some type of conflict?

Opal Tribble
Opal Tribble

Thanks for this post. My content, on my websites, gets scraped often even with the disclaimer that I include with my feeds I'm still seeing my full content being scraped. Any ideas? A post I wrote a few days ago was scraped right down to hotlinking my photo somehow it was disabled on my admin panel. I've noticed that this has happened before (being deactivated without me touching anything) so I'll have to follow up with my hosting provider.I tried to load CopyFeed a few weeks ago but for some reason it will not show up in my plugins. I'm thinking there is some type of conflict?

cybele
cybele

There are perhaps five blogs that I subscribe to that have partial feeds. Everything else (all 175) is full feed.

Here's the interesting part though. My "partial feed" is different from my full feed. It's not a digest version, it's actually a snapshot of my regular post (just the specs of the product I'm reviewing). So it's a true "summary" in the sense that they can get the product specs and the rating right from there. I made my summary that way mostly because that's what I display on my own site as a search result.

Anyway ... THAT'S the feed that's getting scraped these days. I'm noticing far less whole feed scraping and a shift to these short scrapes of six lines from my blog. So in this case, it really woudn't matter, they'd still be scraping the summary.

There's another form of scraping of partial feeds or search results that I've noticed. I don't want to post examples here as it's mostly porn. (Send me a note if you want some nice porn spam blog links though!)

cybele
cybele

There are perhaps five blogs that I subscribe to that have partial feeds. Everything else (all 175) is full feed.
Here's the interesting part though. My "partial feed" is different from my full feed. It's not a digest version, it's actually a snapshot of my regular post (just the specs of the product I'm reviewing). So it's a true "summary" in the sense that they can get the product specs and the rating right from there. I made my summary that way mostly because that's what I display on my own site as a search result.
Anyway ... THAT'S the feed that's getting scraped these days. I'm noticing far less whole feed scraping and a shift to these short scrapes of six lines from my blog. So in this case, it really woudn't matter, they'd still be scraping the summary.
There's another form of scraping of partial feeds or search results that I've noticed. I don't want to post examples here as it's mostly porn. (Send me a note if you want some nice porn spam blog links though!)

cybele
cybele

There are perhaps five blogs that I subscribe to that have partial feeds. Everything else (all 175) is full feed. Here's the interesting part though. My "partial feed" is different from my full feed. It's not a digest version, it's actually a snapshot of my regular post (just the specs of the product I'm reviewing). So it's a true "summary" in the sense that they can get the product specs and the rating right from there. I made my summary that way mostly because that's what I display on my own site as a search result. Anyway ... THAT'S the feed that's getting scraped these days. I'm noticing far less whole feed scraping and a shift to these short scrapes of six lines from my blog. So in this case, it really woudn't matter, they'd still be scraping the summary. There's another form of scraping of partial feeds or search results that I've noticed. I don't want to post examples here as it's mostly porn. (Send me a note if you want some nice porn spam blog links though!)

cybele
cybele

There are perhaps five blogs that I subscribe to that have partial feeds. Everything else (all 175) is full feed.

Here's the interesting part though. My "partial feed" is different from my full feed. It's not a digest version, it's actually a snapshot of my regular post (just the specs of the product I'm reviewing). So it's a true "summary" in the sense that they can get the product specs and the rating right from there. I made my summary that way mostly because that's what I display on my own site as a search result.

Anyway ... THAT'S the feed that's getting scraped these days. I'm noticing far less whole feed scraping and a shift to these short scrapes of six lines from my blog. So in this case, it really woudn't matter, they'd still be scraping the summary.

There's another form of scraping of partial feeds or search results that I've noticed. I don't want to post examples here as it's mostly porn. (Send me a note if you want some nice porn spam blog links though!)

Mike Goad
Mike Goad

Not really, as I didn't get much traffic then. (Not that I get all that much traffic now.)

Mike Goad
Mike Goad

Not really, as I didn't get much traffic then. (Not that I get all that much traffic now.)

JB
JB

Mike: Glad you liked the article, out of curiosity though, did you notice any increase or decrease in traffic when you changed back? I'm just wondering what your experience was.

Thanks!

JB
JB

Mike: Glad you liked the article, out of curiosity though, did you notice any increase or decrease in traffic when you changed back? I'm just wondering what your experience was.
Thanks!

JB
JB

Mike: Glad you liked the article, out of curiosity though, did you notice any increase or decrease in traffic when you changed back? I'm just wondering what your experience was. Thanks!

Mike Goad
Mike Goad

Not really, as I didn't get much traffic then. (Not that I get all that much traffic now.)

JB
JB

Mike: Glad you liked the article, out of curiosity though, did you notice any increase or decrease in traffic when you changed back? I'm just wondering what your experience was.

Thanks!

JB
JB

Mike: Glad you liked the article, out of curiosity though, did you notice any increase or decrease in traffic when you changed back? I'm just wondering what your experience was.Thanks!

Mike Goad
Mike Goad

I lean towards full feeds also. I tried the partial feeds for a while, but after I saw the partial feeds of others, I decided that I much preferred full feeds.
Great article, though. I may have to look into those plug-ins for WordPress.

Mike Goad
Mike Goad

I lean towards full feeds also. I tried the partial feeds for a while, but after I saw the partial feeds of others, I decided that I much preferred full feeds. Great article, though. I may have to look into those plug-ins for WordPress.

Mike Goad
Mike Goad

I lean towards full feeds also. I tried the partial feeds for a while, but after I saw the partial feeds of others, I decided that I much preferred full feeds.

Great article, though. I may have to look into those plug-ins for WordPress.

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