Following Actoguitar.com’s misuse of my blog content (see my post Actoguitar.com is lifting my Content without Permission!), its misrepresentation of my content’s source as a fictitious participant on their forum and their misdirection of traffic away from my blog, I felt I had to make several changes to the site in order to better protect the site and its content in the future.
Some of the changes are simple. For example, I am making copyright information on the site more obvious to the reader. That said I should note that copyright protections extend to the author regardless of whether these are explicitly stated or not. For more information, see Lorelle VanFossen’s excellent article (along with related copyright related links) “What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content”. Possibly this will dissuade some from the misuse of my content in the future.
Other changes involve creating more â€œtraction” for my blog and its content so that traffic is not so easily misdirected in the future. An important aspect is building greater visibility between my content and the fact that I am its creator. This means making sure that search engines have the information they need regarding my blog, its content and its author. I won’t go into any detail here but suffice it to say, any techniques I use to achieve improved search engine optimization (as defined at Wikipedia) will only include â€œwhite hat” techniques. I have no interest in gaining undeserved search engine ranking or exposure. Finally, I think I can gain additional site exposure and traction by including suitably targeted advertisements so I am going to incorporate these as well.
Whatever changes I make, I will insist that they never detract from the original focus of my blog â€“ ergonomics for the guitar and related subjects such as guitar building, issues of design and implementation, and ergonomics itself – the science of designing equipment and environments to fit the individual.