Hey all! Recently I have been hooked to listening the "Madness" song by Muse. I don't know why, but I just LOVE it and can't get enough of it. So while at work, I tend to listen to it over and over again until I get sick of it! I recently found out about TubeReplay. It is a simple website where you can enter the URL of the YouTube video you are listening (or watching) and it will continuously loop it so it replays over and over and over!
Just go into your YouTube video, copy the URL link, paste into the box on TubeReplay, and click "Replay". And that's it - until you get sick of the video/song!
What would you do if you found another site that completely stole either all of your content or used your images as your own? Whatever the size of your blog, you can always be a victim of online plagiarism. Here are a few steps you can take in order to find out if your content is being used without your permission.
Easy Image Search
One way to find out if any of your images are being used is to do a reverse look-up of your images. There are two ways of doing it with the exact same results: the drag and drop method or the copy and paste method.
Drag and Drop Method
Have both the page with the image you would like to search as well as the Google Image search windows (or tabs) open. Simply drag your photo from your blog...
...into the Google Image search box.
You will see all of the websites that are using your photo. This is really neat because you will probably discover new blogs or sites that have written about your post and are using your image.
Copy and Paste Method
Shauna from The Best Blog Recipes gives an excellent tutorial on how to do a reverse image look up by simply copying the link from the image and pasting it into Google search. Check it out!
Free Content Checker Tools
Imagine, reading an interesting article that you recently posted on your own site and you realize some of these sentences or paragraphs sound familiar. You read your own article and noticed the site copied and pasted your exact article. How angry would you feel? Well, for starters,see if you can find any site that is using your content. How? Simple: free online plagiarism detection tools.
Copyscape Copyscape is a free and easy tool to use. Simply copy the URL of the page you want to check into the search box.
Formerly known as CopyrightSpot, Plagspotter shows a percentage of matched content, providing you with the number of words matched.
CopyGator CopyGator is a free service that analyzes your content through your RSS feed and notifies you of any copies made online.
With DupliChecker, you can either search your content through a copy and paste method or upload your entire post document to search.
You have probably seen many blogs with a "grab my button" spot somewhere on the website. Having a button is an easy way for any other blogger to share your website, and it is the prefect way to market your blog. This opens a door to more visitors and new users. All you need to do is to simply provide the code as well as a preview of what the button looks like. I'll show you how to create a button of your own just like this one:
1. Create Your Button
If you are not already using some image editing software, you need to familiarize yourself with some programs. Don't worry, you don't need to pay an arm and a leg...or anything for that matter! There are many online programs that are offered for free: Pixlr, Ribbet, PicMonkey, BeFunky and iPiccy. I use GIMP, which is a free downloadable open-source photo editing tool. It takes some time to get used to it (believe me, when I first started using it I thought I was going to throw my laptop out the window and be done with blogging! But now I consider my GIMP knowledge as intermediate).
Once you have found your go-to software, upload your image that you want to use as your button and re-size it to 125px by 125px. This is the standard size of buttons so it's advisable to stay within the 100-150px range. For my button, I simply used the same text, background picture and "eat live design" picture of my website header. This keeps with the theme of my blog. You can do whatever you want - include a pic of yourself or use images you normally use on your website. Be creative, but keep it professional - remember you want to attract new visitors to your site!
2. Upload Image to Server
Once you created your button, you need to upload it to a server. This way it is easily retrievable from any website that shares your button. You can use any image hosting site, such as Picasa, ImageShack, Imgur or Photobucket.
Once your photo is uploaded, you need to get the URL code for the image. Depending on your upload server you can simply right-click and select "Copy Image URL". I used Photobucket to upload my image, so I have to select "Share to Other Services" in the top right area (delineated with red box below).
From there you select"Links" and copy your HTML code.
3. Create Button Code
Now that you have the HTML code for your image, you need to create a code that other bloggers can copy and paste. The basic code the button is:
Make sure to replace all purple text with the direct link to your blog, the pink text with the direct link to your button image, and blue text with your blog website name. Notice the target="_blank" in the code? It is simply a way to open up the link to your blog in a new window or tab. That way the user has both the previous (referral) site and new (your blog) site open. Win win for both!
This is what you will end up with:
Have a question? Feel free to ask in the comment section below. I will try my hardest to answer your questions :)