Blog of an Internet Marketer

January 20, 2015

Is copy protection necessary for your website?

Filed under: SEO — Enam @ 10:17 am
Is copy protection required for an web site?

Is copy protection required for an web site?

Creating high quality content for an website is not an easy task. You may need to spend thousands of dollars in hiring professional writers having knowledge in your niche to get unique original contents for your web pages. This cost sometimes may surpass the cost of web development. Particularly if you use some ready-made CMS like WordPress or Joomla, then web development fee will be low compared to content creation cost.
So this is very normal that when someone copy contents from your website and put those on their own webpage or blog then you will feel aggrieved and helpless. One way to solve this problem is that you can use some Java script codes in your web pages so that people can’t copy your contents from your website and can’t see your page source codes. Copy protection plug in is available for WordPress for free of cost.
But is it necessity or useful? Let’s consider few points:
1) Anyone can still copy all text from a protected webpage in many ways like:

  • Simply by disabling JavaScript of the browser.
  • Using a text only browser e.g. Lynx.
  • Using a browser like Opera Mini on any smartphone or tablet.
  • Using “View Source” or similar options of browser. Popular browsers like Firefox‚ Chrome have such options available.

2) If anyone copies your text and puts those on his webpage then actually he is on your foot. Simply‚ claim a copyright violation with Google and Google will not only de-index that particular page but ranking of all the pages will be negatively affected as a result of such copyright violation. So only a novice person will ever think of copying contents from your website and only to harm his own website.
So it seems the available copy protection scripts are not effective, useful or necessary. Furthermore, there are some drawbacks as discussed below:

  • When a visitor wants to share your page on Twitter, Facebook or social networks, he/she normally copy few lines from your webpage (and then may edit slightly) to describe the page to his/her friends/followers. So if copy protection is present the normal visitors can’t copy from your page and thus will be discouraged to share your web pages on social networks. Hence you are loosing some potential backlinks as well as some free traffic from the social sites.
  • The copy protection script will delay page load. So the visitors may get disappointed when they need to wait long time to load a page. Also such delay may affect your search engine ranking (SERP) negatively since page load time is a factor considered by Google and other search engines while ranking the pages.

So I think there is no need at all to use copy protect mechanism to protect text and images of an website.  What is your opinion?

Popularity: 2% [?]

No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

Powered by WordPress