joined:Apr 8, 2004
Given the following unfortunate developments on the web:
- Pinterest creates pages aggregrating all the images pinned from your website making any graphical-based website obsolete.
- Following in Pinterest's ground-breaking, copyright-annihilating practices, search engines hotlink your images in full size bypassing your website entirely.
- Monetary incentives to create graphics and graphic-based websites are shrinking every day.
The following measures should be routinely taken.
- Think twice before embarking on an adsense-model, graphic-heavy website or a webcomic. Consider alternatives such as print sales and PDFs.
- All your "money" images should be in a separate folder from which you exclude search engines entirely. You may adopt a strategy where you allow search engines a minuscule fraction of your images to draw the occasional visitor.
- Treat worthless navigation graphics and logos as before.
- Create headers that can be easily modified across the site (use php include or some such) because you'll have to constantly add new proprietary meta-tags to exclude pinners and other crowdscraping volunteer workforces.
- Make sure the vast majority of your content is textual. Note that Pinterest does have plans to grab the text along with the graphic in the future. Ehow has been doing this for over a year. It's only a matter of time before text is no longer sacred, either.
- I am currently working on a recipe website. In anticipation of greater breaches of copyright in the future, the long-form content will be downloadable as PDF, with the page being a teaser for the PDF. Even if PDFs are easily downloadable, they don't get crowdscraped as easily. I'm planning for the future, and I see a lot of PDFs in it.