This post is being written as part of Sarah’s How To Group Writing Project over at BlueJar.
If you run a WordPress blog, hopefully you have an RSS feed available to your readers. This offers a great service to your readers because it allows them to have a convenient and easy way to view your blog’s content without having to actually visit your website. Unfortunately though, having a feed also creates a very easy way for other sites to steal your content and republish it without your permission, without even providing a link to the original source.
As a result, it has become extremely important to place a copyright notice within each post that includes a link back to the author’s website.
In order to add anything to the footer of your blog’s feed, you’ll first need to grab a WordPress plugin that will allow you to place things in your feed’s footer.
Currently there are 4 plugins that I know of that will help you accomplish this. They are:
This will allow you to basically place whatever you want in the footer. Once the plugin of your choice is installed, all you need is some minimal coding knowledge. Here is the copyright code you will want to use along with a link to your blog (add your site URL/site name):
Copyright © 2007 <a href="http://www.yourblogurlhere.com">yourblogname</a>
When your feed is scraped, the footer will go along with it, causing a link to your site to show up on the thief’s feed. This will help discourage people who intend to steal your content.
Once you’ve got your copyright in place and working how you want, you get the added bonus of being able to add additional things to your feeds footer. Popular things to add are advertisements, affiliate links, or even links to certain posts you want to draw extra attention to.
As a little bonus content, if you haven’t already, you might want to verify that you have a copyright notice on your blog somewhere as well (usually in the footer). You can use this code to have the year automatically update:
Copyright © <?php the_time('Y') ?>
Any questions? Feel free to let me know in the comments below!