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Protect Yourself – Check Your Search Phrases in Awstats

I’ve been in the internet marketing niche long enough to recognize some of the BlackHat techniques people use , and I discovered one that someone used on one of my sites.

As I was looking through my Awstats to see what kind of statistics I had so far this month, I looked at the Search Phrases section to see what people where typing in to find my site.

I found three phrases used by some nefarious character who was trying to find a way to download my product for free. The phrases were:

  • intitle thank you for your order! intext download
  • site .com intitle “thank you for your order” intext click here to download
  • thank you for your order download

There are many variations that someone can use to find pages on your site that you want to keep hidden but this gives you a good idea of what people may type. Now, I don’t put this here to give hints to people who want to steal products illegally, but rather as a warning to those who have worked hard to produce quality products and deserve to earn money for their time and efforts.

There are several ways to decrease your chances of having your product stolen. Here are just a few:

  • Avoid the phrases listed above in your download page title or on the download page – be creative.
  • Add a line to your .htaccess file to hide your download page. (Not totally effective but will at least help.)
  • For WSO products sold through the Warrior Forum, use WarriorPlus system.
  • Use a paid product like DLGuard or SmartDD (there is a free version.)

I hope the person who found my site wasn’t too disappointed – I haven’t set the product up yet so they only found a blank page – but thanks for the reminder to protect it before it’s live.

There is still no iron-clad guarantee that your product will be protected, but there are ways to make it more difficult. Find out what way works best for you!

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