Two New Anti-Scraping WordPress Plugins

There has been a great deal of activity these past few weeks in the area of anti-scraping WordPress plugins including two new plugins that are designed to protect your feed from scraping by ensuring that attribution for the post follows the work wherever it is scraped.

The two plugins, RSS Footer and FeedEntryHeader, both work on the same principle. In both cases, they take your regular WordPress-created feed and insert links within it in hopes that the scraper, when he or she grabs the content, will also pick up the reciprocal link.

In that regard, the plugins are similar to other, well-known RSS feed protection systems including Copyfeed and Angsuman’s Feed Copyright Plugin.

But what makes these plugins different is the details about how they operate. It is a set of minor tweaks that, in theory, could mean big changes in the way scraping is handled.

RSS Footer

Joost de Valk's SEO Blog - RSS Footer, written by Joost de Valk, takes the idea of the aforementioned plugins and takes it to another level. Unlike most such plugins, which simply reference back to the home page of the blog, RSS Footer references back to the article itself, using the original title.

According to Google’s Matt Cutts, this is the best way to ensure that content repurposed on other sites does not negatively impact you in the search results. Theoretically, this could further insure that spammers not only don’t gain from the content they have lifted, but that their victims don’t feel any ill effects.

This could go a long way to mitigate against many of the greatest concerns that come with being scraped and help a lot of bloggers sleep better at night.

FeedEntryHeader

More Than Scratch The SurfaceFeedEntryHeader, however, takes things even farther. Its feed statement is completely customizable, including the option of using the post URL and post title, but it is displayed at the top of the feed entry, not at the footer. This helps to ensure that all scrapers, even those taking only the summary of the post, link back to the original site.

Another interesting twist that FeedEntryHeader provides is that the default message links uses the URL of the blog post as the anchor text, rather than the title of the post or the site. This, according to Stephen Cronin, the plugin’s author, is to mitigate in cases where the scraper strips the HTML out and leaves behind the text.

This is certainly an interesting way to handle a known weakness in such plugins. However, both plugins have issues that may limit their effectiveness when going into battle.

Caveats

The biggest problem that both of these plugins have is that, as Cronin pointed out, that many spam bloggers have begun stripping out HTML tags to avoid any issues with formatting or diluting their impact on Pagerank. Though a naked URL, as with FeedEntryHeader, is better than nothing in that regard, it is unclear exactly how effective that is with the search engines.

Furthermore, other types of scraping, including keyword scraping and translated scraping are both on the rise and, in many of these cases, the entire entry may not be scraped. There is no guarantee that the links will be grabbed at all, even if they are placed at the top.

Of course, placing copyright information at the top of the feed, as FeedEntryHeader does, will have a higher “hit” rate than at the bottom, it could irritate many RSS readers. Where RSS subscribers seem to tolerate information at the footer of the entry, it is more question as to how they will feel with a protection mechanism in the first paragraph.

After all, if it is the first thing a scraper sees, it will be the first thing human readers see as well.

Still, it is easy to imagine many different situations where these two plugins will be very useful and there is little reason to doubt that they will both become standards among many WordPress installations.

Conclusions

Caveats aside, these two plugins are probably the most advanced ones out there at what they do. Though Copyfeed brings other features to the table, including digital fingerprinting and disabling feed access, for pure link insertion, these two plugins are currently tops, each in their own way.

As for which to use, that issue will come down to the Webmaster him or herself and, specifically, if they want the warning at the top or bottom. The top will ensnare more scrapers, though still not all, and the bottom will be easier for users to accept.

The bottom line though, is that if you are not running this or some other kind of feed extension plugin and you are a WordPress user with their own install, you need to seriously look at doing so. The plugins are widely available, simple to use and can provide a great deal of help in detecting, mitigating and even stopping RSS scraping.

There is little reason not to take action, but a lot to lose if you don’t.

113 comments
Thing Green
Thing Green

Jonathan Bailey,

Both plugins are awesome

I will check these plugins out.

Thing Green
Thing Green

Jonathan Bailey,
Both plugins are awesome
I will check these plugins out.

Thing Green
Thing Green

Jonathan Bailey, Both plugins are awesome I will check these plugins out.

JournalXtra
JournalXtra

Thanks for tips. I've just found that some of my articles have been translated into languages other than English. I often take two or more weeks to research and write my articles so I am annoyed about it. Would be so bad if they were advanced upon but they're not!

Whoever translated one of them placed a backlink to my website; but that's not the point, he/she should have asked me for permission first and then should have asked whether I'd like one of my sponsor's ads sticking into it. Never mind, not much I can do about it.

For those who are wondering how I discovered the translated text, I use e-referrer to monitor all inbound clicks.

Again, Johnathan, thank you for your tips - I'll be placing a sponsor ad in my RSS footer too :)

JournalXtra
JournalXtra

Thanks for tips. I've just found that some of my articles have been translated into languages other than English. I often take two or more weeks to research and write my articles so I am annoyed about it. Would be so bad if they were advanced upon but they're not!Whoever translated one of them placed a backlink to my website; but that's not the point, he/she should have asked me for permission first and then should have asked whether I'd like one of my sponsor's ads sticking into it. Never mind, not much I can do about it.For those who are wondering how I discovered the translated text, I use e-referrer to monitor all inbound clicks.Again, Johnathan, thank you for your tips - I'll be placing a sponsor ad in my RSS footer too :)

JournalXtra
JournalXtra

Thanks for tips. I've just found that some of my articles have been translated into languages other than English. I often take two or more weeks to research and write my articles so I am annoyed about it. Would be so bad if they were advanced upon but they're not!Whoever translated one of them placed a backlink to my website; but that's not the point, he/she should have asked me for permission first and then should have asked whether I'd like one of my sponsor's ads sticking into it. Never mind, not much I can do about it.For those who are wondering how I discovered the translated text, I use e-referrer to monitor all inbound clicks.Again, Johnathan, thank you for your tips - I'll be placing a sponsor ad in my RSS footer too :)

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Naomi: I am sorry to hear about your troubles, please let me know if there is anything specific that I can help you with.

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Naomi: I am sorry to hear about your troubles, please let me know if there is anything specific that I can help you with.

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Naomi: I am sorry to hear about your troubles, please let me know if there is anything specific that I can help you with.

Naomi Bigelow
Naomi Bigelow

The entire plagiarism issue makes me ill; sometimes, as today, it makes me wonder if I really want to do any more work on my sites or with my novels. A couple hours before finding this site and reading your article, I was trying to explain to my daughter-in-law the emotional trauma that I experienced when I discovered that two of my manuscripts that were among several in a box that got "lost" somehow (?) are now in print and each has won at least one coveted writers' award. There is no question that they are the result of someone stealing them but I was so shocked to discover them that I had to leave the book store before I quite literally "lost it" and for the next ten years never discussed it.

A couple months ago, my local computer guru emailed me and let me know that someone had hijacked my website and basically destroyed my work wherein I'd entered pages of writing, photos, and other material that is now gone forever. The perp was blacklisted, but that doesn't reverse the damage done to me by a fellow author who writes in a genre that I will not even read, let alone write. But all of his/their work appeared with my name on the website. When you expected to follow the menu to my pages, it was none of my content at all.

Now, I have begun reading about the "next big thing" in internet marketing of seeking expired domain names and latching onto those with good traffic or "okay" traffic on sites that could be improved...the entire idea "feels" too much like my past experience. This article at least makes me feel as if I may have some tools in my arsenal to toss out some speed bumps for the parasites that feed off others' original content. I just have SO much to learn...

Naomi Bigelow
Naomi Bigelow

The entire plagiarism issue makes me ill; sometimes, as today, it makes me wonder if I really want to do any more work on my sites or with my novels. A couple hours before finding this site and reading your article, I was trying to explain to my daughter-in-law the emotional trauma that I experienced when I discovered that two of my manuscripts that were among several in a box that got "lost" somehow (?) are now in print and each has won at least one coveted writers' award. There is no question that they are the result of someone stealing them but I was so shocked to discover them that I had to leave the book store before I quite literally "lost it" and for the next ten years never discussed it.

A couple months ago, my local computer guru emailed me and let me know that someone had hijacked my website and basically destroyed my work wherein I'd entered pages of writing, photos, and other material that is now gone forever. The perp was blacklisted, but that doesn't reverse the damage done to me by a fellow author who writes in a genre that I will not even read, let alone write. But all of his/their work appeared with my name on the website. When you expected to follow the menu to my pages, it was none of my content at all.

Now, I have begun reading about the "next big thing" in internet marketing of seeking expired domain names and latching onto those with good traffic or "okay" traffic on sites that could be improved...the entire idea "feels" too much like my past experience. This article at least makes me feel as if I may have some tools in my arsenal to toss out some speed bumps for the parasites that feed off others' original content. I just have SO much to learn...

Naomi Bigelow
Naomi Bigelow

The entire plagiarism issue makes me ill; sometimes, as today, it makes me wonder if I really want to do any more work on my sites or with my novels. A couple hours before finding this site and reading your article, I was trying to explain to my daughter-in-law the emotional trauma that I experienced when I discovered that two of my manuscripts that were among several in a box that got "lost" somehow (?) are now in print and each has won at least one coveted writers' award. There is no question that they are the result of someone stealing them but I was so shocked to discover them that I had to leave the book store before I quite literally "lost it" and for the next ten years never discussed it. A couple months ago, my local computer guru emailed me and let me know that someone had hijacked my website and basically destroyed my work wherein I'd entered pages of writing, photos, and other material that is now gone forever. The perp was blacklisted, but that doesn't reverse the damage done to me by a fellow author who writes in a genre that I will not even read, let alone write. But all of his/their work appeared with my name on the website. When you expected to follow the menu to my pages, it was none of my content at all. Now, I have begun reading about the "next big thing" in internet marketing of seeking expired domain names and latching onto those with good traffic or "okay" traffic on sites that could be improved...the entire idea "feels" too much like my past experience. This article at least makes me feel as if I may have some tools in my arsenal to toss out some speed bumps for the parasites that feed off others' original content. I just have SO much to learn...

Naomi Bigelow
Naomi Bigelow

The entire plagiarism issue makes me ill; sometimes, as today, it makes me wonder if I really want to do any more work on my sites or with my novels. A couple hours before finding this site and reading your article, I was trying to explain to my daughter-in-law the emotional trauma that I experienced when I discovered that two of my manuscripts that were among several in a box that got "lost" somehow (?) are now in print and each has won at least one coveted writers' award. There is no question that they are the result of someone stealing them but I was so shocked to discover them that I had to leave the book store before I quite literally "lost it" and for the next ten years never discussed it. A couple months ago, my local computer guru emailed me and let me know that someone had hijacked my website and basically destroyed my work wherein I'd entered pages of writing, photos, and other material that is now gone forever. The perp was blacklisted, but that doesn't reverse the damage done to me by a fellow author who writes in a genre that I will not even read, let alone write. But all of his/their work appeared with my name on the website. When you expected to follow the menu to my pages, it was none of my content at all. Now, I have begun reading about the "next big thing" in internet marketing of seeking expired domain names and latching onto those with good traffic or "okay" traffic on sites that could be improved...the entire idea "feels" too much like my past experience. This article at least makes me feel as if I may have some tools in my arsenal to toss out some speed bumps for the parasites that feed off others' original content. I just have SO much to learn...

Naomi Bigelow
Naomi Bigelow

The entire plagiarism issue makes me ill; sometimes, as today, it makes me wonder if I really want to do any more work on my sites or with my novels. A couple hours before finding this site and reading your article, I was trying to explain to my daughter-in-law the emotional trauma that I experienced when I discovered that two of my manuscripts that were among several in a box that got "lost" somehow (?) are now in print and each has won at least one coveted writers' award. There is no question that they are the result of someone stealing them but I was so shocked to discover them that I had to leave the book store before I quite literally "lost it" and for the next ten years never discussed it.

A couple months ago, my local computer guru emailed me and let me know that someone had hijacked my website and basically destroyed my work wherein I'd entered pages of writing, photos, and other material that is now gone forever. The perp was blacklisted, but that doesn't reverse the damage done to me by a fellow author who writes in a genre that I will not even read, let alone write. But all of his/their work appeared with my name on the website. When you expected to follow the menu to my pages, it was none of my content at all.

Now, I have begun reading about the "next big thing" in internet marketing of seeking expired domain names and latching onto those with good traffic or "okay" traffic on sites that could be improved...the entire idea "feels" too much like my past experience. This article at least makes me feel as if I may have some tools in my arsenal to toss out some speed bumps for the parasites that feed off others' original content. I just have SO much to learn...

Naomi Bigelow
Naomi Bigelow

The entire plagiarism issue makes me ill; sometimes, as today, it makes me wonder if I really want to do any more work on my sites or with my novels. A couple hours before finding this site and reading your article, I was trying to explain to my daughter-in-law the emotional trauma that I experienced when I discovered that two of my manuscripts that were among several in a box that got "lost" somehow (?) are now in print and each has won at least one coveted writers' award. There is no question that they are the result of someone stealing them but I was so shocked to discover them that I had to leave the book store before I quite literally "lost it" and for the next ten years never discussed it.
A couple months ago, my local computer guru emailed me and let me know that someone had hijacked my website and basically destroyed my work wherein I'd entered pages of writing, photos, and other material that is now gone forever. The perp was blacklisted, but that doesn't reverse the damage done to me by a fellow author who writes in a genre that I will not even read, let alone write. But all of his/their work appeared with my name on the website. When you expected to follow the menu to my pages, it was none of my content at all.
Now, I have begun reading about the "next big thing" in internet marketing of seeking expired domain names and latching onto those with good traffic or "okay" traffic on sites that could be improved...the entire idea "feels" too much like my past experience. This article at least makes me feel as if I may have some tools in my arsenal to toss out some speed bumps for the parasites that feed off others' original content. I just have SO much to learn...

Naomi Bigelow
Naomi Bigelow

The entire plagiarism issue makes me ill; sometimes, as today, it makes me wonder if I really want to do any more work on my sites or with my novels. A couple hours before finding this site and reading your article, I was trying to explain to my daughter-in-law the emotional trauma that I experienced when I discovered that two of my manuscripts that were among several in a box that got "lost" somehow (?) are now in print and each has won at least one coveted writers' award. There is no question that they are the result of someone stealing them but I was so shocked to discover them that I had to leave the book store before I quite literally "lost it" and for the next ten years never discussed it. A couple months ago, my local computer guru emailed me and let me know that someone had hijacked my website and basically destroyed my work wherein I'd entered pages of writing, photos, and other material that is now gone forever. The perp was blacklisted, but that doesn't reverse the damage done to me by a fellow author who writes in a genre that I will not even read, let alone write. But all of his/their work appeared with my name on the website. When you expected to follow the menu to my pages, it was none of my content at all. Now, I have begun reading about the "next big thing" in internet marketing of seeking expired domain names and latching onto those with good traffic or "okay" traffic on sites that could be improved...the entire idea "feels" too much like my past experience. This article at least makes me feel as if I may have some tools in my arsenal to toss out some speed bumps for the parasites that feed off others' original content. I just have SO much to learn...

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Flora: This kind of spamming is typically designed to hone in on keywords that the spam blog is targeting. If you look at the whole of the splog, you'll probably find keywords repeated regularly. Feed Header may not help as they are likely just snipping the relevant paragraph. The copyright issues are also somewhat vague here as the small amount used could make a case that it is not an infringement.

The bet tact I've found against these sites is to report them as spam to their masters. Most hosts, most good ones at least, will take them down.

Let me know if Feed Header helps in these cases! I'll be eager to hear.

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Flora: This kind of spamming is typically designed to hone in on keywords that the spam blog is targeting. If you look at the whole of the splog, you'll probably find keywords repeated regularly. Feed Header may not help as they are likely just snipping the relevant paragraph. The copyright issues are also somewhat vague here as the small amount used could make a case that it is not an infringement.

The bet tact I've found against these sites is to report them as spam to their masters. Most hosts, most good ones at least, will take them down.

Let me know if Feed Header helps in these cases! I'll be eager to hear.

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Flora: This kind of spamming is typically designed to hone in on keywords that the spam blog is targeting. If you look at the whole of the splog, you'll probably find keywords repeated regularly. Feed Header may not help as they are likely just snipping the relevant paragraph. The copyright issues are also somewhat vague here as the small amount used could make a case that it is not an infringement.The bet tact I've found against these sites is to report them as spam to their masters. Most hosts, most good ones at least, will take them down.Let me know if Feed Header helps in these cases! I'll be eager to hear.

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Flora: This kind of spamming is typically designed to hone in on keywords that the spam blog is targeting. If you look at the whole of the splog, you'll probably find keywords repeated regularly. Feed Header may not help as they are likely just snipping the relevant paragraph. The copyright issues are also somewhat vague here as the small amount used could make a case that it is not an infringement.The bet tact I've found against these sites is to report them as spam to their masters. Most hosts, most good ones at least, will take them down.Let me know if Feed Header helps in these cases! I'll be eager to hear.

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Flora: This kind of spamming is typically designed to hone in on keywords that the spam blog is targeting. If you look at the whole of the splog, you'll probably find keywords repeated regularly. Feed Header may not help as they are likely just snipping the relevant paragraph. The copyright issues are also somewhat vague here as the small amount used could make a case that it is not an infringement.
The bet tact I've found against these sites is to report them as spam to their masters. Most hosts, most good ones at least, will take them down.
Let me know if Feed Header helps in these cases! I'll be eager to hear.

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Flora: This kind of spamming is typically designed to hone in on keywords that the spam blog is targeting. If you look at the whole of the splog, you'll probably find keywords repeated regularly. Feed Header may not help as they are likely just snipping the relevant paragraph. The copyright issues are also somewhat vague here as the small amount used could make a case that it is not an infringement.

The bet tact I've found against these sites is to report them as spam to their masters. Most hosts, most good ones at least, will take them down.

Let me know if Feed Header helps in these cases! I'll be eager to hear.

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Flora: This kind of spamming is typically designed to hone in on keywords that the spam blog is targeting. If you look at the whole of the splog, you'll probably find keywords repeated regularly. Feed Header may not help as they are likely just snipping the relevant paragraph. The copyright issues are also somewhat vague here as the small amount used could make a case that it is not an infringement. The bet tact I've found against these sites is to report them as spam to their masters. Most hosts, most good ones at least, will take them down. Let me know if Feed Header helps in these cases! I'll be eager to hear.

Flora Earl
Flora Earl

Helpful article, thanks. I have installed RSS Footer, and selected the preference to show it at the beginning of my feed. Unfortunately the scrapers have already found a way round this and today they used my posts as shown:

"mike (hyperlinked to my post) wrote an interesting post today on
Here’s a quick excerpt

Post from Budget Travel - Cheap Fares, Hotel Discounts Worldwide Menorca, Spain - Seven Top Beaches The beautiful Balearic island of Menorca, Spain has some of the most idyllic, unspoilt beaches in all of Spain. …

Read the rest of this great post here (hyperlinked to my post)"

So they get my content, I get two lousy links with anchor text 'mike' (not me!) and 'here'. I am now going to try FeedEntry Header, and see if that helps.

Flora Earl
Flora Earl

Helpful article, thanks. I have installed RSS Footer, and selected the preference to show it at the beginning of my feed. Unfortunately the scrapers have already found a way round this and today they used my posts as shown:

"mike (hyperlinked to my post) wrote an interesting post today on
Here’s a quick excerpt

Post from Budget Travel - Cheap Fares, Hotel Discounts Worldwide Menorca, Spain - Seven Top Beaches The beautiful Balearic island of Menorca, Spain has some of the most idyllic, unspoilt beaches in all of Spain. …

Read the rest of this great post here (hyperlinked to my post)"

So they get my content, I get two lousy links with anchor text 'mike' (not me!) and 'here'. I am now going to try FeedEntry Header, and see if that helps.

Flora Earl
Flora Earl

Helpful article, thanks. I have installed RSS Footer, and selected the preference to show it at the beginning of my feed. Unfortunately the scrapers have already found a way round this and today they used my posts as shown:

"mike (hyperlinked to my post) wrote an interesting post today on
Here�s a quick excerpt

Post from Budget Travel - Cheap Fares, Hotel Discounts Worldwide Menorca, Spain - Seven Top Beaches The beautiful Balearic island of Menorca, Spain has some of the most idyllic, unspoilt beaches in all of Spain. �

Read the rest of this great post here (hyperlinked to my post)"

So they get my content, I get two lousy links with anchor text 'mike' (not me!) and 'here'. I am now going to try FeedEntry Header, and see if that helps.

Flora Earl
Flora Earl

Helpful article, thanks. I have installed RSS Footer, and selected the preference to show it at the beginning of my feed. Unfortunately the scrapers have already found a way round this and today they used my posts as shown:
"mike (hyperlinked to my post) wrote an interesting post today on
Here

Flora Earl
Flora Earl

Helpful article, thanks. I have installed RSS Footer, and selected the preference to show it at the beginning of my feed. Unfortunately the scrapers have already found a way round this and today they used my posts as shown: "mike (hyperlinked to my post) wrote an interesting post today on Here

Flora Earl
Flora Earl

Helpful article, thanks. I have installed RSS Footer, and selected the preference to show it at the beginning of my feed. Unfortunately the scrapers have already found a way round this and today they used my posts as shown: "mike (hyperlinked to my post) wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptPost from Budget Travel - Cheap Fares, Hotel Discounts Worldwide Menorca, Spain - Seven Top Beaches The beautiful Balearic island of Menorca, Spain has some of the most idyllic, unspoilt beaches in all of Spain. …Read the rest of this great post here (hyperlinked to my post)"So they get my content, I get two lousy links with anchor text 'mike' (not me!) and 'here'. I am now going to try FeedEntry Header, and see if that helps.

Ian
Ian

Thanks. This is very useful information. I will check these plugins out.

Ian
Ian

Thanks. This is very useful information. I will check these plugins out.

Ian
Ian

Thanks. This is very useful information. I will check these plugins out.

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Will: I wouldn't expect much movement on this until after WP 2.5 comes out and AFTER I am sure all of the needed plugins work with it. When that happens, I'll consider starting the move.

Until then, take a look at this post on the FeedBurner blog, it explains the process:

http://blogs.feedburner.com/feedburner/archives...

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Will: I wouldn't expect much movement on this until after WP 2.5 comes out and AFTER I am sure all of the needed plugins work with it. When that happens, I'll consider starting the move. Until then, take a look at this post on the FeedBurner blog, it explains the process: http://blogs.feedburner.com/feedburner/archives...

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Will: I wouldn't expect much movement on this until after WP 2.5 comes out and AFTER I am sure all of the needed plugins work with it. When that happens, I'll consider starting the move. Until then, take a look at this post on the FeedBurner blog, it explains the process: http://blogs.feedburner.com/feedburner/archives/0...

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Will: I wouldn't expect much movement on this until after WP 2.5 comes out and AFTER I am sure all of the needed plugins work with it. When that happens, I'll consider starting the move. Until then, take a look at this post on the FeedBurner blog, it explains the process: http://blogs.feedburner.com/feedburner/archives/0...

Will
Will

Yes it does, and now I add a follow-up request! If you, with your expertise in this area, feel the need to move from Feedburner, then we should do the same. When you successfully do the move from Feedburner, could you do a post explaining the why and how?

I know I probably have far fewer subscribers than PT, but I have four different feeds at Feedburner. I have the full and comments, but I also have excerpts and headlines only feeds which are created by Feedburner from my original full feed. I have subscribers for each, but I don't know if I there are plugins that can do the same thing if I discontinue Feedburner. My recent experience with scrapers tells me that they do not only steal the full feed, but also the excerpts feed, so I know they are getting it from Feedburner.

Will
Will

Yes it does, and now I add a follow-up request! If you, with your expertise in this area, feel the need to move from Feedburner, then we should do the same. When you successfully do the move from Feedburner, could you do a post explaining the why and how?

I know I probably have far fewer subscribers than PT, but I have four different feeds at Feedburner. I have the full and comments, but I also have excerpts and headlines only feeds which are created by Feedburner from my original full feed. I have subscribers for each, but I don't know if I there are plugins that can do the same thing if I discontinue Feedburner. My recent experience with scrapers tells me that they do not only steal the full feed, but also the excerpts feed, so I know they are getting it from Feedburner.

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Will: Excellent question!

No, I do not use either of these. I have been, in the past couple of months, trying to keep the number of plugins I use that manipulate the feed to a minimum. The reason is that I use FeedBurner and the FeedSmith plugin.

I use the digital fingerprint plugin and may experiment with those two as well as a few others, but I have had great deals of disaster when mixing things such as Copyfeed with Feedburner. I've at least on two occasions borked the feed and I don't want to risk that.

I'm in the process of transitioning away from Feedburner (for many good reasons) and will make better use of these plugins when that is done in a few months. When dealing with content theft Feedburner was a great deal 3 years ago but has fallen behind what one can do with self-hosted feeds.

It's going to take some time to ensure that everyone is automatically transitioned, but I am starting the process...

Hope that answers your question.

Jonathan Bailey
Jonathan Bailey

Will: Excellent question!

No, I do not use either of these. I have been, in the past couple of months, trying to keep the number of plugins I use that manipulate the feed to a minimum. The reason is that I use FeedBurner and the FeedSmith plugin.

I use the digital fingerprint plugin and may experiment with those two as well as a few others, but I have had great deals of disaster when mixing things such as Copyfeed with Feedburner. I've at least on two occasions borked the feed and I don't want to risk that.

I'm in the process of transitioning away from Feedburner (for many good reasons) and will make better use of these plugins when that is done in a few months. When dealing with content theft Feedburner was a great deal 3 years ago but has fallen behind what one can do with self-hosted feeds.

It's going to take some time to ensure that everyone is automatically transitioned, but I am starting the process...

Hope that answers your question.

Will
Will

Hi Jonathan - I read your feed, but I don't think you use either of these? Maybe I am missing what they actually do to the feed. Are you using either of these?

Will
Will

Hi Jonathan - I read your feed, but I don't think you use either of these? Maybe I am missing what they actually do to the feed. Are you using either of these?

Will
Will

Hi Jonathan - I read your feed, but I don't think you use either of these? Maybe I am missing what they actually do to the feed. Are you using either of these?

Will
Will

Yes it does, and now I add a follow-up request! If you, with your expertise in this area, feel the need to move from Feedburner, then we should do the same. When you successfully do the move from Feedburner, could you do a post explaining the why and how?

I know I probably have far fewer subscribers than PT, but I have four different feeds at Feedburner. I have the full and comments, but I also have excerpts and headlines only feeds which are created by Feedburner from my original full feed. I have subscribers for each, but I don't know if I there are plugins that can do the same thing if I discontinue Feedburner. My recent experience with scrapers tells me that they do not only steal the full feed, but also the excerpts feed, so I know they are getting it from Feedburner.

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