Today, I want to touch upon what I think is a very thorny issue, that of piracy.
I've been hit by this myself. Many times I've seen products I've released (and put hard work and effort into) being circulated all around the Internet, without my permission.
As an Internet Marketer, you need to be vigilant and take steps to prevent your products being pirated. You'll never stamp it out altogether, but you'll deter the worst of the culprits.
Protect Your Download
Never put your paid download in a freely accessible area on your web site. Too many people will be able to find it.
If you're not careful, you'll even find the download being indexed on Google (I've heard of top Internet Marketers products being simply indexed in this way).
Use a download protection script to prevent people accessing your download unless they follow a valid (and often time expiring) link.
Alternative, invest in a service that manages all the downloads on their own server. Although you lose some flexibility, you may well find that the additional technical benefits far outweigh the small cost.
By doing so, you've already prevented the casual thieves.
Be Vigilant At Known Sites
The 'blackhat' forums often seem to get the latest Internet Marketing products and offer them, free of charge, to their members.
One solution is to be a member of their sites. They are less keen to rip off one of their own.
But, even without that, you could soon monitor these sites through a Google backdoor. Just search for the name of your product.
You'll also find people trying to sell your product, even though you haven't released any rights to it. Once more, you want to look at the different digital marketplaces. Google is again your friend.
In either case, a 'cease and desist' request to wherever your files are being hosted will usually get them taken down.
How Do You Tackle Piracy?
Do you have an innovative method of your own to share?
Just go ahead and reply below and we'll be glad to see it.