As any blogger knows, spammers are quite happy to post to your blog to generate extra income for themselves. They care little whether your blog is something you do when you have nothing better to do, or whether it’s a labour of love with a large audience. All they want to do is to make money with the minimum of effort. Anti-spam measures like Bad Behaviour or Akismet or similar can help with the fight against that.
Another way they make their money is to scrape your RSS feed. I won’t explain this in detail because it’s explained much better on Lorelle’s article. Definitely worth a read.
So, what can we do? I have installed the WordPress plugin written by Maxpower – the Digital Fingerprint plugin. This is a very unobtrusive plugin that will only turn up on feeds. In short, unzip the plugin to your plugins directory, enable it on your WordPress dashboard and then add in some options including, of course, your unique digital fingerprint. Then wait for a week. Then check the installed searches to see where your feed articles turn up.
When it’s installed, you’ll see a small icon in your “write post” area alongside the formatting options: , clicking it will add in
This isn’t designed to stop the scrapers, but it will make them easier to find.
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