You Can’t Frame Me!
We’ve recently seen a resurgence in scammers utilizing frames in order to display our content without letting the traffic actually visit our site.
This often isn’t easy to recognize at first when we see OUR content on their domain but a quick check of the code usually reveals an <iframe> enclosing destination of our webpage.
In years prior we’d seen a lot of link shorteners (digg.com, ow.ly links and more) use toolbars to display our content in a frame.
A few incoming toolbar’d links is not enough to worry about but if a spammer frames your content on their site in a blatant attempt to utilize your efforts, copywriting, and bandwidth without doing the work… it’s time to quickly knock them out of the ballpark.
Framing is done for a number of reasons, but from an SEO standpoint it ONLY benefits the site doing the framing, not you. Because technically you never leave the site issuing the frame, according to Google and other search engines, the visitor was never truly on your site. Now “time on site” for the framing site goes UP, driving up their SEO and you get very little from it. Essentially this is traffic stealing.
Fortunately, there is an easy way to break this behavior, with a small WordPress plugin called “Frame Breaker”. This plugin is available under Dashboard -> Plugins -> New Plugin -> Search -> Frame Breaker (and requires no settings be configured).
You can download it here => https://wordpress.org/plugins/frame-breaker/
That’s it… now reader time on site is YOURS.
There are legitimate uses for toolbars and a few incoming links using them should not be ANY cause for concern. But when you need to get rid of a scammer, just drop this plugin in place and you’re good to go!
It’s as easy as one, two, bye bye scammer!
~ Kim ~
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This post originally published Jan 19th, 2010 and updated Feb 7th, 2015