Tracking cut-&-pastes is cool; attribution request too much

By Steve Outing

A while back I installed Tracer on this (WordPress-based) blog, as an experiment to see what people were copying from my blog entries. It’s interesting information, but I regret setting Tracer up so that it would also include a customized link request that shows up whenever someone pastes words copied from my blog.

The idea is that the person excerpting some of your article might keep the attribution line and sends links back to your blog. Fine in theory, but I personally found it annoying when I copied some of my own words and pasted them elsewhere. (I’d have to trim the link request code.)

Also, I’ve noticed a drop in my recent blog entries being picked up by other bloggers. I have no idea whether this Tracer setting discourages people from excerpting my blog content, or if it’s another factor (like getting more link referrals on Twitter and Facebook than other blogs, which seems to be a trend).

Whatever, I turned off the Tracer auto-link generator for cut-and-pastes from this blog, so Tracer is merely monitoring and telling me what content others have copied from my blog, which is fascinating information. No more annoyances.

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!