Have you ever been frustrated to find your content plagiarized by some other site? Did you know if I just visited your site, copied your prized article, and emailed it to my friends? Last week, I might have copied your favorite photograph from your site and added it to my Flickr or Picasa album! How do you track such user actions on your site? Services such as Copyscape do not offer automated tracking for free. Well, now you can sign up to use a new content tracking service for free – Tynt.com’s Tracer (Beta).
What does Tracer tell you? The Dashboard gives you a tag cloud of the most copied words, a list of the most copied images and pages, as well as high-level stats for page views, copies, etc. over different time spans. Here is an example of the Tracer Dashboard.
- Automatically tackle plagiarism and protect your intellectual property
- Identify the most appealing keywords on your site, and use this insight to focus strongly on popular content
- Generate more traffic to your site via automatic linkbacks
- Automatic attribution links increase your site’s search engine rank
Sounds too good to be true? Let’s see how easy it is to get started using Tracer on Blogger/Blogspot.
Adding Tracer to Blogger
Copy the entire script code in the highlighted box to your clipboard. Go to your Blogger Dashboard, and click ‘Layout‘. On the ‘Page Elements‘ tab, click ‘Add a Gadget‘.
You should see a confirmation and the Tracer gadget added to the list of page elements.
You can confirm that Tracer is active on your blog by checking that the gadget is active and visible on your blog.
That’s it! You are all set. Visit your Tracer Dashboard now to get a better understanding of what content your users find really interesting.
Most Tracer users are surprised at the extent to which users are copying their content. Their stats show that 2% of all page views result in some user action it can track. Within the first two weeks of beta testing, it tracked over 250,000 copy-paste operations. It is already being used by ~200 content publishers including bloggers and news media sites with millions of page views per month.
Are you happy with the results on your site? Surprised? Tell us! Also, if you know any other tracking services, share them with us in the comments.