Over the past few days, I have been saddened to read post after post of fellow bloggers coming to the difficult decision to fully truncate their rss feeds because their blog content has been stolen using scraping software. While preventing further theft of their hard work, this measure only publishes the title and the first few hundred characters of each post in their feed. It is quite challenging to convey the content of a post with so few words and no photos, and many will lose followers who do not wish to click over to the blog to learn what the post is about.
I want to share with you a few tricks I have learned to discourage feed scraping, without completely truncating your feed. If you currently syndicate full posts in your feed, you may actually see an increase in the number of visits to your blog with these changes. This tutorial only applies to Blogger, so if you have any tips for Wordpress or TypePad, comment away! I am writing this post with new bloggers in mind and will try not to leave out any details, but if I do, please don't hesitate to ask questions.