How to Prevent Theft of Your Ebooks - Part 2: Stop Illegal Downloads

Written by Michael Hopkins & Jeff McCall

Continued from page 1

NOTE: I've placed dots (.) afterrepparttar "<" in allrepparttar 108406 lines above. This is to ensure thatrepparttar 108407 code shows up properly here. When using this on your web page, remove those dots. NOTE: Be sure to replacerepparttar 108408 URL withrepparttar 108409 address you want to re-directrepparttar 108410 visitor to.


It's amazing how many download pages you'll find viarepparttar 108411 search engines if you put your mind to it. In fact, one search I just ran on Google turned up two download pages onrepparttar 108412 first page of results (albeit both fromrepparttar 108413 same website).

To get around this, you need to ensure thatrepparttar 108414 search engines do not include your download pages in their index.

To do this, just placerepparttar 108415 following snippet of code betweenrepparttar 108416 <.head> and <./head> tags atrepparttar 108417 top of your download page's HTML...(again, removerepparttar 108418 dot)

<.meta name="robots" content="nofollow,noindex">


PayPal is a great service but it has a gaping security hole that affects anyone selling downloadable products.

When you sell via PayPal, evenrepparttar 108419 most amateur of hackers can find outrepparttar 108420 location of your download page just by looking atrepparttar 108421 HTML code on your sales page.

One way around this is to use HTML encryption software to renderrepparttar 108422 HTML of your sales page un-readable. While this will stoprepparttar 108423 majority of hackers,repparttar 108424 more determined ones will probably be able to crackrepparttar 108425 code.

Another approach is to use specialized software like 'PayLock Generator' ( which creates highly encrypted PayPal order buttons that are very difficult to crack.


This one is pretty self-explanatory. If you've followedrepparttar 108426 steps outlined above, then you've gone some way towards protecting your digital products. It's not 100% protection, however, which is why I recommend changing your download links regularly. This will help ensure that, if someone does manage to access your products, and has been leaving your download links on forums or whatever, then you'll be able to cut them off.


If someone is giving your ebook away for free, it's not a given that everyone who downloads it will be as dishonest asrepparttar 108427 one giving it away. It's a good idea to place a prominent statement inside your ebook explaining that it's not a free ebook. Ask readers to contact you if they receivedrepparttar 108428 ebook for free explaining where they downloaded it. You might consider offering a small 'reward' for takingrepparttar 108429 time to contact you.

Okay, those arerepparttar 108430 basic steps you can (and should) take to protect your downloads. If you're worried that this isn't enough, then you'll find some additional resources below that really gorepparttar 108431 extra mile. (I use these myself so I can testify to their worth).

Just one final point... after you makerepparttar 108432 changes outlined above, be sure to double-check everything is working okay.

Michael Hopkins is owner of BizzyDays Ebook Publications. Visit now to download original ebooks for FREE at:

Jeff McCall is author of Ebiz Bodyguard, one of the most comprehensive guides to online business protection currently available. Download a free sample of Ebiz Bodyguard at:

Rules and Regulations for the Ebook Publishing Business.

Written by Michael Hopkins

Continued from page 1

Look into opening a business banking account. Make an appointment with your bank to discuss your situation. They'll be able to make suggestions onrepparttar best package for your needs.

Consult with professionals. Depending on your situation, you may need to userepparttar 108405 services of lawyers, accountants or bookkeepers, insurance agents or brokers, and others.

This isn't an exhaustive list, but it's a good start. Many cities also have organizations dedicated to helping small businesses -- check your Yellow Pages orrepparttar 108406 local Chamber of Commerce to see if there's one in your area.

Excerpted with permission from Online Business Basics, a beginner's guide to marketing a business on a shoestring budget.


Q. 2 - Do I have to get an "ISBN" number for my ebooks, and if so - how do I go about doing that?

No, you don't need to have an ISBN. You'll find additional information here...

Q. 3 - Are there rules and regulations to ebook publishing or writing - and if so how can I find out what they are?

I'm not familiar with any rules or regulations associated with ebook publishing specifically. Basically, you need to stay withinrepparttar 108407 limits of responsible legal and business behavior in general. Be truthful in your advertising, use disclaimers, and so on. You'll find details ofrepparttar 108408 various regulations in this free ebook: I hope this goes some way towards answering your questions.

Michael Hopkins is owner of BizzyDays Ebook Publications. Visit now to download original ebooks for FREE at: This article first appeared in Michael's newsletter 'Ebook Times'. To subscribe visit:

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