Digital Copyrights, SEO, and In-Browser Encryption

Dear Brian,
What happened if I copy post from another blog & post on my blog?

There’s no simple answer, because content and copyright law is a diverse subject that varies greatly based on a lot of factors (some tangible, and others not).

Look at it from a consumer perspective – if I were searching for something and saw the same content twice, I would look for the original to cite as a student or professional. This means I’m less likely to click your post because I can tell it’s not original. Google’s algorithms can also distinguish duplicate content and will simply not show you in the results.

If you repost my blog content, I’m actually happy as a professional because your site will be optimized for a different purpose than mine. While I may draw a crowd interested in movies and tech, you may draw a crowd interested in fashion and food. Now I have a wider audience in which to pull in repeat customers.

This is assuming you just copy and paste my blog, still giving me credit for the post. If you take credit for my work, Google will destroy you, because I’ve registered and indexed my content with them over the course of years and have a built-in author rating. They may not show these ratings, but I can assure you blog authors are weighted and ranked in search results just like pages.

So if you were to steal my content, it would fail every plagiarism check and you’d be risking your entire site disappearing from Google (including your YouTube account, Gmail account, etc.).

But if you were to syndicate my content on your site or aggregate my content or index my content, that’s all different. You also have to attribute me (and preferably link back to my site) in order to avoid any technical issues or legal issues like me inevitably catching you and shutting you down with the click of a button.

It’s ok to repost content, but it’s no guarantee for success. Do that for a year – repost one webpage a day (video, pics, blog content – anything) and see how much work it really is. If you’re looking for an easy path to success, you haven’t found the shortcut you think you have.

Even a bookstore has to carefully curate content. So does a museum or art gallery, even though it’s free. You can repost all the content you want, but a content curator has to deal with the same problems a content creator does, which is drawing people’s attention.

Reposting successful posts doesn’t guarantee anything for you – you are extremely unlikely to ever profit from it. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it, and you’ll be competing with everyone else doing the same thing. Stop hypothesizing and do it. You’ll learn your lazy shortcut is actually a much longer and harder road to success.

Dear Brian,
What is a good substitute for cigarette rolling paper?

I don’t know what the religious texts are like in other countries, but in the U.S., the Bible is easily the best rolling paper substitute. It’s also what we used in jail.

Free bibles are like pigeons in that we spend most our time trying to avoid them, but every hotel nightstand I’ve ever been to in the U.S. (and most I’ve been to in Europe) had a copy of the bible.

Most bibles have a page or two missing because some devout Christians are known to tear out pages with specific verses to keep handy. Also potheads know the paper is perfect for rolling joints.

If you don’t have a bible, just walk into any Christian/Catholic church and tell them you’re interested in reading it. They’ll be so proud to be converting a heathen that they’ll gladly hand you a book of over 1000 premium, oversized, rolling papers.

Dear Brian,
Would you prefer to use free service that encrypts information right in your browser and use your server to store data (mean you have physical access to server)?

Nope – because I understand how browsers work. Here’s a general piece about why it’s unsecure to encrypt within the browser: What’s wrong with in-browser cryptography? • Tony Arcieri

Here’s another: Javascript Cryptography Considered Harmful

You’re somewhat describing the Tor browser (and about a dozen others exactly like it), though it’s nothing news. In-browser cryptography isn’t used for a wide variety of reasons covered in the above links.

I won’t bore you with the full details – instead I’ll simply respond that no, I absolutely would not prefer to use any free service that encrypts information in my browser, and if I’m storing a server locally on my own equipment, of course it’ll be free. Why would it ever be otherwise?

Dear Brian,
What are the best courses to get experience in digital marketing, like social, SEO, ad words, online advertising, mobile marketing and more?

I realize “practical” experience is what we all need, but where would one go to start?

There are a lot of online courses that’ll teach you pretty much anything you need to know. What I would recommend to get the fullest background for free is to check out UC Berkeley’s SEO Fundamentals and Business Applications course.

Berkeley is easily one of the top 10 academic institutions in the U.S., and their public courses allow anyone anywhere in the world to access college-level studies in pretty much anything you can dream of. There’s a great story arc in Saved by the Bell where Jessie and Zach have to choose between Berkeley and Stanford.

To complete the college experience, order a pizza, get stoned, and look up Search engine optimization and every other term you read about in the lessons on Wikipedia.

Then write a blog about it and submit it to SEO Moz and all those other places people will tell you to go. If one accepts it, you get an A, and if not, you need to retake the course until you move on to the next one.

After about a year of this, you’ll be a pro, which is to say you’ll be getting paid to do it…so long as you have your own blog and each “report” includes an anchor link back to your site with anchor text like “SEO expert,” and “digital marketing consultant,” and the like.

Have fun ;P

Brian Penny Beard Versability Harley Quinn Arkham KnightBrian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in High Times, Fast Company, The Street, Hardcore Droid, and Lifehack.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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