When it comes to detecting and stopping content theft, there is a great deal of progress to be seen. New plugins are constantly being developed to stop scrapers, search techniques are constantly being improved and new tracking methods are being explored.
But despite all of the effective ways to monitor your content and protect it from misuse, it seems some of the worst ways never die.
No matter how many times these techniques to get shot down, disproved or otherwise defeated, there are still those that preach them as gospel. However, these systems not only provide a false sense of security, but often times irritate readers and, in some cases, can actually make the problem worse.
So let us take a moment to look at the five worst methods of dealing with content theft on the Web and analyze why they are so bad.