What Can You Do to Prevent Your Website From Being Scraped?

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Content scrapers steal your content for their own websites or blogs without your permission.

This is usually performed by using automated software. This software can not only take the information from an RSS feed, but it can also post the same information on someone else’s blog like it’s a new post. Real estate listing portals are one of the most vulnerable websites when it comes to web scraping. Property data listings and real estate pictures are very valuable and relatively easy to steal using web scraping bots.

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If you have some experience with blogging, you’ve probably already fallen victim to web scraping bots. It almost feels like you have been intruded on – as though someone broke into your home and started taking things without asking.

 

So, what can you do to stop this from happening? What preventative measures can you take?

 

– As a simple first step, ask them to take it down and stop stealing your content. If they reply and agree, bonus. If they don’t agree or simply wont even reply to your emails, some further action will be necessary.

– Secondly, if you find that your website content has been taken or re-posted without your permission, you can file a DMCA-complaint with Google and they will investigate your inquiry.

– A third option is to use a duplicate content detection service. These services, such as Copyscape, will flag any duplicate content found.

– Lastly, you should monitor your logs frequently. New user-friendly tools have been introduced in the past few years to detect and block unwanted visitors or IP addresses from entering your site. WordPress offers a tool called Akismet that does just that. If you have a WordPress site, it’s also recommended to install a trusted security plugin and set up automatic backups of your database.

Rob Pacinelli

Roberto Pacinelli is the VP of The Best Media and Senior Digital Marketing Strategist with a career in digital marketing spanning over 19 years. Roberto and The Best Media have helped thousands of small, medium and large businesses succeed online across Canada, USA and the world with many business owners recognizing Roberto and his team as their Key to Success in helping their businesses earn millions of dollars as a result. Call Roberto Pacinelli at 416 253 0934 or email him at roberto@thebestmedia.com.

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