Sunday, December 11, 2005

Blog content protection: siglinking

Blog Content Protection:


Here's a comment I posted a minute ago, at Weblogs Inc.'s Jason Calacanis blog.

I attempt to explain my original technique of siglinking (link to definitions of vasperisms).

Siglinking: embedding a hypertext link in a signature of a blog post, with the link going to the blog author's blog. Similar to a link bomb, another Vaspersian DRM Anti-plagiarism HTML Device , which is placed in editorial territory.

In cases of blog content theft, committed for a Copy & Pasted Content Blog, this siglink enables readers to visit your blog and verify that the stolen content came from your blog.

Blog content theft is a problem, especially when the thief is stealing your content for his blog in order to draw traffic to ads that appear on his blog. This is a financial motive, a commercial use of the content stolen from you.

Some bloggers attempt to make money from ads that are displayed on their blogs. Thus, these commercial bloggers have to think up and write fresh, relevant, rich content. You cannot blame them for being upset about someone stealing, copy and pasting, their original material. It's like they're creating content for others who simply wait to steal it from them, and who generate no content of their own.

Have you ever seen a Copy & Paste Content Theft blog or web site? You feel weird the moment you arrive at one.

An experienced blogger or blog reader will notice how the site has an anonymous chill, a frozen zone where nothing can live. Generally, these C & P sites do not enable comment posting. "About", "Contact", and "Profile/Bio/Staff" pages are usually non-existent.

If there are links in a C & P site, they are links to commercial sites in the categories of online gambling, pharmaceuticals, real estate loans, porn, or discount software, and are not to be trusted.

Siglinking foils blog content thieves in claiming or passively implying that the content is their original creation.

Siglinking enables you to hunt down the stolen content, by doing a Google, Technorati, or other brand of internet search.

"Another day, another person stealing our content (or the "Eliot Ness solution").

[QUOTE: my comment to Jason's post]

I call these Pseudo Blogs by the term "Copy & Paste Blogs", and have been the victim of this lazy greedy practice.

As pioneers of the third major phase of the blogosphere, we enjoy discussing and solving the unique problems we encounter, knowing no humans have ever faced these situations before.

One trick I accidentally discovered in my own blogs is this: I always end my posts with my name and my aka as a hypertext link to my Vaspers the Grate blog.

During a Google or Technorati search on my blog name, I discovered a "Copy & Paste" site that had lifted my content. I always have a 150 k digital artwork headlining each post. They had the art, the post text, and the signature with a link embedded in it.

They were too lazy or stupid to remove the linked signature.

I laughed. Anyone who read this content could click on "Vaspers the Grate" and go to my blog, where they might find the content that was stolen and not given proper credit or link.

Thus, all content thefts have to go to the trouble of removing that linked signature at the end of every post.

My primitive, but effective DRM type device, within my Zero Budget Marketing approach.

Posted by steven streight aka vaspers the grate


The problem Jason Calaconis discusses in his post is the theft of blog content via RSS feeds.

A full post feed of my posts will contain my primitive siglink DRM (Digital Rights Management) device embedded in my humble posts.

Linking to other articles you've written, that have been published in your blogs or at other sites, is another good way to enable even stolen content to perform hyperlink networking activities that also can result in the detection of the theft.

[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate


1 comment:

steven edward streight said...


On 12/12/05, Steven Streight wrote:


I don't understand what it is you don't understand about siglinking.



I reread your article and I think I misread something the first time,
it was much more clear. So basically you're talking about just
appending each post with your name and a link back to your site. Is
this correct?

If I'm right about that, then I'm still curious about your "Siglink
DRM" and if it's the same thing.

Thank you for your time and I'm sorry for the confusion.


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Steven Streight
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That's right. But the link back to your site should be embedded in your name, or the name of the site.

This automatically forces them to increase your post's link popularity, and wherever that post goes, the link back goes along with it.

They won't delete the siglink, they'll copy and paste your entire post, then move on to the next victim. It's like a link bomb. The siglink is primitive DRM.

I will not use any DRM in my music, because I give that out free.