Thursday, July 25, 2024

Protecting your site from Theft and Poaching : Combating Smart Tag and TOPtext technology

Several respected publishers; jl scott of iCop in the WHISTLE BLOWER mailto:WhistleBlower-on@m… Boogie Jack in Almost A Newsletter and Armando in F.B.C.N. — have all mentioned these gruesome visitor stealing technologies, this week and quite rightly, ranted about the injustices.

I view this as copyright theft, as well as a downright underhand attempt to take food right out of our mouths.

But you can do something about it. This isn’t 100% foolproof, but should make an impact — who knows, if you do it, pass it on and so forth, it could end up being enough of a boycott to make these people think again?

First, visit the link below, which will give you some more background information on what this is about — will show you how serious it is — and for details on how to combat most Smart Tags. You will need to make a one line edit to all your site’s pages, but it is well worth it.

How to Protect Your Site from Smart Tag Visitor Poaching by Mark Joyner

Now for crushing TOPtext, jl scott kindly sent me the following information, normally reserved for iCop members and has given me permission to pass it on to you so we can get it to as many people as possible.

If you read THE iCop WHISTLE BLOWER! on Monday, you know about TOPtext and how it’s invading your web sites. And you’ve probably heard about Microsoft’s “Smart Tags.”

iCop Founding Member, Bob Massa of SearchKing, put his people to work and they’ve come up with a code that will stop TOPtext from working on your web pages. You can get it at:

The second one goes in the body of your document, so those of you using SSI can probably insert it once in your header or footer and it’s job done. Employ both and you’ll keep most of these sharks at bay – for the time being, at least.

Copyright 2003 Pamela Heywood
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