Pirates are everywhere MATEEEEE ARGH!
In today’s world of trying to make money online you HAVE to plan for piracy. If you ever do anything that smells a LITTLE bit like success people will steal and run with it. Whether its the idea or the concept it is your responsibility to plan for this. I have had (what I considered) GOOD friends totally steal my content… register a 10 year old domain and point 50k of coop weight… scrap some overture terms and totally rock my world in Google in serps. This sucks yes but all is fair in love, war, and serps.
I have also had my software pirated on eBay and other places around the net I have found it free for download. Are these people scumbags? Who am I to judge. I just keep doing what I am doing. I DO NOT GIVE THEM ANOTHER THOUGHT. You just can’t I used to let it bother me but really we are all trying to make money online right? I have skimed a little content here and there who am I to judge?
OK so the main point of this was how to plan for piracy before I went off on a A.D.D. moment:
How to prevent scraping of web pages? Well this is pretty much impossible. Its the double edged sword to SEO. You want to make your site nice and index able by search engines yet you don’t want to make it easy to be read by scrapers.
This may come as a shock but I do not even try to prevent scraping and pirating. Every document taken from my server has a randomly generatedfilename.zip and included in the archive is a README.html file which contains information about my originating site and also contains a 10$ paypal donation button. I started doing this about 3 years ago and in 2005 I averaged about 80$ a day in paypal donations alone. (that is about 30k/yr for those of you in Rio Linda). Considering theses are only spread through my archived files I think this is a nice ADDON bonus income.
What about software piracy ? I have strategically planned for that also. ANY piece of software that I have designed in the last 5 years always interacts with a website. Also it always on install will ask to put shortcut icons on the desktop and ask to set your homepage to the page the software interacts with. I see SOOOO many new visitors to my sites from people who pirated my software then they end up paying for it because of the integration with the website.
Also believe it or not these pirates just get off on stealing and releasing pirated software. I never can get over how many back links I have from these pirates and even from ebay auctions.
Am I happy about it? Well…. yes …. these people have done all the grunt work for me. How can I not be happy.