There has been some recent talk about people getting their content stolen by RSS Scrapers. While I knew what RSS and an RSS scraper were I realized that many may not. I also wondered is there a way to solve the problem of RSS scraping.
Let’s start with RSS which stands for Really Simple Syndication. According to Wikipedia “an RSS feed is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format.” The purpose of an RSS feed is to allow readers to receive notices of changed content of a site.
Now we’ll move onto a more important matter of the RSS scraper. An RSS scraper basically takes or “scrapes” the content from a site so that their site can have fresh content. Upon research I found several sites telling you how to scrape, not surprising I guess.
The video below is Matt Cutts from Google discussing RSS scraping and how it can actually help you.
In the video Matt talks about if the scrapers get content from your site and it has a link back to yours it may actually help you? How do you do that? Well one way that I know of is the RSS Footer Plugin.
Of course this plugin is free and easy to set up. The footer only shows in your RSS feed and not in your posts. I have had this plugin installed for quite some time so hopefully those that are stealing my content (which I have found none yet, but to be honest have not looked that hard) are linking back to my site.
Matt also talks about a Digital Millennium Copywrite Act Request which I had no idea of what that meant. You can find more about that at one of these two sites:
Any easy way to check if there is duplicate content is by using Copyscape. You can find more about Copyscape below:
I hope this was helpful to someone, I know it helped me to understand more about RSS scraping and what can be done about it!
If you have additional suggestions I would love to hear them!