Update: The sale for the "Totally brilliant" Attribution Copier plugin is now live at just $10.00 until Sunday evening (27th).

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I’m very excited to be able to tell you about my WordPress plugin called Attribution Copier.

Unusually I’ve been installing this across *all* my sites.

I say unusually because there’re many plugins I have written for certain types of site I create. But this is one that is suitable across the board.

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Okay, what does it do?

Well, wouldn’t it be nice if when someone swipes some content from you to use on their own site that they’d also put in a link back to your site? Yes it would.

But most people don’t do this because either they don’t know how to (the majority), or it’s too much trouble to take those extra few moments to add a link.

You can imagine the situation – I’ve done this myself. I see something on a site I know a friend would be interested in or find amusing so I select and copy the text and stick it in an email and off it goes. Sometimes I’ll put a link back to the site if there’s other stuff on there that might be of interest, but most of the time I don’t.

I would be willing to bet you’ve done the same thing at some point. And there are lots of people out there that do their research on the internet and then compile a document or presentation with copy and pasted content.

Even my children do that for their homework. 😉

Well how about if you could *make* the people who copied your content give you a link back? Not in any forced intrusive way, they would just find the link back to your site automatically embedded when they do the copy and paste.

Now *that’s* cool isn’t it?

And that’s where the Attribution Copier plugin comes in. It does automatic embedding of a tag line and link back to your site whenever anyone copies your content.

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When you stop and think about this, because it’s likely that most people (the general public) don’t know how to add a link to content they’ve copied, then it’s likely that they also wouldn’t be bothered to remove it either.

And when you take curation into consideration then it gets even more interesting.

In case you didn’t know, curation is an increasingly popular method of building large sites with other people’s content that’s been copied and pasted. Many of the sites I’ve seen often don’t have links back to the source content. I don’t think this is intentional, I think it happens in haste.

(There have been times I’ve had to search for the text online in an attempt to find the original source.)

So I hope you can see how powerful and how totally useful this plugin is. :-)

If you want to try this out then select some text from this post, copy and paste into a text document and you’ll now see there’s a link back to my blog in the text.

The sale is LIVE and will last until Sunday evening at just $10. The plugin will then rise to $27 after the sale is over.

-Frank Haywood