Sometimes, we find out that someone has copied our website contents and used them without our permission or for phishing/scams. I found this out the hard way, as you can see from a previous community question of mine: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/search-engine-optimization/s...

There are also times when we find unusual traffic spikes in our Google Analytics that cause our sites to be declined with Affiliate programs or Google Adsense. These issues can be a headache and also, causes heartache. Again, I asked the community for help on this one too: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/search-engine-optimization/d...

In both instances, I got a great discussion from the community, but no-one could really help me with any solutions. Therefore I did some research on my own, and asked a few ambassadors, and found my own solutions.

I promised some members that I will make a training to show my results, so this is it.

My training provides the methods I used, together with other member's trainings which I followed to gain more secure protection for my websites. At the end I, have included proofs of the positive results, that I had achieved from using these methods.


First: You Need To Check If Your Content Has Been Copied

1. The best way to check if anyone is copying your work, is to either, do a search of your website name in Google, or, you can check your Google ranking in WA - Site Health.

If you choose the latter then click on your WA profile menu -Websites.

2. Click on the 'view details' of your site, as below:

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gbj35 Premium
Does the content compy blocker also prevent people from copying comments?

I have noticed a few sites that, when I leave a comment, I can't copy it so I can paste it here and get credit in SiteComments.

If that's the case, is there a way to adjust the settings so comments can be copied? Otherwise, people may be missing out on requested Comments.

Thanks for this training. I already set the Bot Locker in AIO. I will be doing a search for any of my content on pages that aren't mine :).

Gwendolyn J
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SnazzyIT Premium
Hi Gwendolyn, you can exclude the comments by adding it in the 'except' text box, when you activate the plugin, but make sure you place a check mark in the 'except' option.

However, I don't think you need to copy and paste comments as this is done automatically in Site Comments. You only need to complete the text box within WA as it will be automatically duplicated into the member's website once they approve it in site content.

I originally did what you did when I started, until I realised I didn't need to copy and paste them. You only need to open up the website in a new tab and that way you can add the comment in WA and still refer to the site while it is still open.

Hope that is clear and helps you save a lot of time going forward 😄
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gbj35 Premium
I didn't know we could do that!
Thanks a bunch :).
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Debs66 Premium
Saane I am so happy you sorted it out.

It is getting worse with all the scammers. Lucky for us we have people like yourself and Glen and many others who help us protect all our stuff.

Whether it be a Website, YouTube channel, Emails.

Another added bonus to being a member of Wealthy Affiliate.
Thank you so much Saane for the updates.

Debs :)
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are welcome Deb's, so much, it can actually kill the will of some to continue, which is why I needed to share this now more than ever. Thank you for visiting and leaving a lovely comment 😄
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Debs66 Premium
Yes it could have detrimental effects to anyone.

I am so happy you did get it sorted.

Posts like these are super important for all of us. Thank you again
Debs :) 😘💪😉
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SnazzyIT Premium
Wish we had more than a like button to click on. You get what I mean, your support is really appreciated 😍
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Debs66 Premium
I know because this could have been done with a Love instead of just the like. 😘
It is so lovely to catch up again with you Saane:)
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SnazzyIT Premium
You too Deb's 😄
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NnurseBecca Premium
This is outstanding! Genius approach thank you
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thanks NurseBecca, much appreciation for your constant support 😆
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cris1018 Premium
Great write up. Going to implement. Thank you!
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thanks Cris for visiting and may it serve you well 😄
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Dave07 Premium
Thanks for sharing this excellent and very useful training. Ill definitely be taking your advice.
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are welcome Dave 😄
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rose442 Premium
Thank you for posting this training. Wow, this has opened my eyes. I will apply your training right away. With my site, I have a PDF plugin on each post so those interested can print a copy of the training. Should I be removing that as well, I'm trying like you to help honest people.
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thank you and you are welcome,

Maybe, you can use your PDF as a free copy, for those who subscribe to your site by using a free pop up. I use a free pop up creator if you would like to know more.

That way you can still help, and give people access but you can also get actual emails from people interested in getting priority heads up to your new posts. Just an idea.

The only other thing to do, is when you use the copy blocking plugin, to add your PDF into the box 'except' text box. That way, the rest of your content, is protected and only the PDF is accessible.
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rose442 Premium
Thank you, the popup creator would be the ideal solution.
I might start with the second option because I have to be careful of how many plugins I have right at the moment.
If I find another way around the plugins I will be asking for your assistance again:) I thank you once again for the excellent advice.
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N33 Premium
So Saane I have reported them all (12 altogether!). But now I see that in my All in One SEO I don't have this bad bot blocker. So this might be either only on a pro version or it is theme dependent. I don't know.

The copy content protection I had installed after the first stolen content is still on. Apparently, it doesn't stop the professionals...

You were right, feel the feeling and take the courage to do it. I feel a little bit better, until next time...

Gratefully,
Anne
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cris1018 Premium
Hi Anne,
The Bad Bot Blocker doesn't just show up in your menu. Go to your AIO SEO, click on 'Feature Manager' then find 'Bot Blocker' and Activate it. Then it will show on your dashboard :-)
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N33 Premium
Thank you, I will try that.
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N33 Premium
Just wanted to let you know it worked.

Thank you for being so attentive.
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cris1018 Premium
Great! Glad you found it. You're very welcome.
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Mary-Elle Premium
This is really great training. Very clear, step-by-step and definitely very in-depth with your 3 different options for how to solve this problem.
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Triblu Premium
An EXCELLENT tutorial Saane... many THANKS!
Like'd and tagged for future referencing and sharing.
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rlippse Premium
Outstanding! Saane, you saw a problem and hunted it down and found a solution. That took a lot of ingenuity.

I just added an obnoxious amazon site to the bad bot list.

Thank you so much for the great tutorial.

I will definitely be keeping an eye out for trouble moving forward.

Roberta
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SnazzyIT Premium
That is wonderful to hear how it helped you and thank you Roberta for your compliment 😄
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N33 Premium
Oh my god, Saane,

As you know, it happened to me already a long time ago and now I went to take a look. I can't believe it, sooo many pdf and doc and content stolen. I am completely down. So thank you again for your training I will apply it as soon as possible.
Shame on those persons really.

N with a tear
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SnazzyIT Premium
Oh no, that is terrible. Please don't be too down. That's how I felt, really defeated and wanted to pull down my site, but the one positive is that I couldn't let those scammers win. I took it as a compliment and although they stole my stuff, I will keep writing better and keep growing.

I am sad for you, because I was afraid that my training will make people check and find out what you also have and feel less motivated, which I don't want.

Wish could hug you tight now :(
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N33 Premium
Thanks, Saane, yes I also thought now it is enough I stop everything. But here you are and really it gives me the push to take action again.

You are a darling, thank you.
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SnazzyIT Premium
Yay that is the spirit, we shall show them, this is only to make us more determined 😆
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N33 Premium
Thank you so much, Saane, now I will know what to do. Your training is nicely presented and clear.

Have a great day,
Anne
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are welcome Anne, and thank you for your lovely comment 😆

Saane
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DaisyK78 Premium
Thanks for that
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are welcome Daisy, and thanks for visiting 😃
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Loes Premium
Very nice step by step training, Saane!
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thank you Loes, I feel honoured by your compliment especially as I am a fan of your trainings 😄
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Loes Premium
Thank you, let's keep learning from each other:))
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SnazzyIT Premium
:))
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panduru Premium
Interesting. Thank you!
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are welcome ☺️
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EdwinBernard Premium
Thanks for providing this training. I checked both my websites as you suggested and was delighted to find that nobody has stolen my materials. Maybe potential thieves didn't find what I had was worth stealing. Sigh! Now I wish at least one of my posts were stolen.

Just kidding lol. However, I will add the protection available in WordPress.

Edwin
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SnazzyIT Premium
That's good to hear Edwin, and great that you will add some protection 😆
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traceyj55 Premium
Hi Snazzy
Thankyou for the lesson I will be checking
Tracey
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are welcome Tracey 😄
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CherylK Premium
This is an excellent tutorial...thanks so much. I'm adding the Copy Protection plugin this very minute!
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are most welcome, best to get it done early as another dear member had her content stolen and ranked before she published it. Not sure how that happened, but there are lazy selfish people out there 😄

Hope that this will help prevent you from any such issues.
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teguhperdana Premium
Thanks a lot!
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are welcome 😆
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LouiseBT Premium
Wow, Saane!
I had no idea all of this was available. thank you so much for sharing, I will definitely be making use of what you have shared here.
Blessings
Louise
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are welcome dear Louise, hopefully I have helped you to prevent what I went through.

I am actually banned permanently from Google Adsense and got declined by a few other affiliate programs because I had no idea that people were copying my sites and using them for X-rated adult sites!

Anyway, be very careful and protect your online assets and the best to your success here my friend :)
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LouiseBT Premium
That's shocking! I would be finished if that has happened to my site! I am so sorry, Saane. It's just so hard to understand what motivates some people - their lives must be truly awful to make them do this kind of thing.
Now I am nervous to go and check - but it's something that has to be done.
Thank you so much for this share, it truly is so important.
Have you tried showing Google Adsense the evidence of what has happened to turn the permanent ban around? There must be something or someone who can help with changing that. What a harsh penalty. Same with the affiliate programs who have declined you. Perhaps Kyle, Carson, Jay or one of the Ambassadors can assist you with that?
Blessings to you lovely, I truly hope & pray this is turned around for you.
Louise x
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SnazzyIT Premium
It's okay dear,
I was hurt when Google AdSense declined me twice. I wrote and explained what I found but they said no. I don't think I will use them anymore, really they should be on to it and blocking these bots from their analytics in the first place. I am at peace now that I know what has been happening. Site support have been as helpful as they can be, but I think these bots are quite a new issue.

Thank you anyway, I hang on because of people like you in WA 😄
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neksummi Premium
Thanks for this training. It has come to me right at the time I needed it most.
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SnazzyIT Premium
That is awesome and glad I helped. I was going to put it off, but I knew that more people would benefit from it as well :) Thank you for visiting and commenting. I appreciate it :)
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Ropesa Premium
I am bookmarking this its very helpful
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thank you, I promised some people that I will have this up. I hope that it was useful to you also :)
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Ropesa Premium
yes thank you, very useful
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