Have you "Tynt"ed your blog yet?

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Shoreline New Hampshire & Maine

What if evertime someone copied a snippet (or your whole blog posting) your blog platform automatically put a link back to your blog on the end of your material?

Think that would help your SEO? Get credit for your work? Increase your page views and traffic?

Now you can with Tynt. Tynt will create a little bit of javascript code you can paste into your blog platform (works with Blogger, Ning Network, Typepad, Wordpress, WebsiteWorks.com, and Register.com

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If someone copies for example, the following from my blog: "The Second Quarter of 2009 real estate sales figures are out now along with the numbers from this past June; let’s take a look. Here’s what this past June looked like in numbers of closed sales in the greater Knoxville area."

What they actually get is this: "The Second Quarter of 2009 real estate sales figures are out now along with the numbers from this past June; let’s take a look. Here’s what this past June looked like in numbers of closed sales in the greater Knoxville area. Read more: http://knoxvilletennesseerealestateblog.com/#ixzz0LlQiWrP9 Under Creative Commons License: Attribution"

And when (if) the reader clicks on the embedded link it not only takes them back to your side but the copied portion is highlighted in yellow!

I copied the following information from Tynt's website describing one of the benefits.

The automatically added link back ensures you get credit for content that you have created. You can’t stop users from copying from your site but you can improve the chances of getting credit for your content. Read more: http://tracer.tynt.com/features-and-benefits-of-tracer#ixzz0LlUPX0cU Under Creative Commons License: Attribution No Derivatives

Give it a try and see who's passing your content around the www. This will not only give you credit but boost your SEO because of the link that goes with it.

Posted by

Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX Shoreline

100 Market St., Suite #200, , Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Jim, Great information. Thanks for sharing...

Helping YOU help others live THEIR American Dream...

Jul 19, 2009 09:35 PM #3
Sasha Miletic - Windsor Real Estate
RE/MAX Preferred Realty Ltd. - Windsor, ON

Hi Jim, Good post. Thanks for sharing.

Best - Sash

Jul 19, 2009 11:14 PM #4
Mary Strang
Viroqua, WI

One more reason for anyone new to blogging who wishes to blog with only a cut and paste imagination, "You will be exposed"!

Jul 22, 2009 12:05 AM #5
Dan McDermott

Tynt is a spyware company. Their "tracer" violates the privacy of people visiting webpages by communicating with tynt.com as soon as any text is selected... in effect, looking over the shoulders of readers, without their consent. By definition, spyware.


So yes, "taynting" your blog is a wonderful idea if you want to drive readers away.

Jul 27, 2009 08:14 AM #6
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

Here's what they say they do Dan. If you have any information to the contrary I would be interested to read it.

What does Tracer do?

Tracer tracks when users copy content from your web site and automatically adds a link back to the original page when your content is pasted. So, why do you need Tracer?

Tracer is a brand new way to:

  • Generate more visits and page views.
  • Get credit when content is copied from your site.
  • Measure and understand user engagement.
  • Improve your search engine ranking.
Jul 27, 2009 12:25 PM #7
Dan McDermott

Hi Jim,


The information I have comes from original research that anyone can replicate:


(1) Fire up tcpdump or any other packet logging/inspection software

(2) Load a page that uses the tracker, eg, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1202192/Muslims-refuse-use-alcohol-based-hand-gels-religious-beliefs.html

(3) Select any non-trivial sized bit of the content text on the page

(4) Observe traffic to tynt

Note that this does not require the user to actually copy -- just select. There are many reasons someone might select text other than copying it, such as to say "hey, look at this sentence!" to someone reading along with them. Unless they actually copy and paste (and notice the inserted attribution) the average user would have no idea that tynt, a third party, had been made aware of their IP address (inherent in the traffic generated) and (presumably, otherwise what's the point?) the page viewed and very possibly the range of text that was selected.

To assume that the selected text is somehow the more compelling is foolish as well; someone could be ridiculing it for grammar or spelling.

In any case, I've blocked traffic to tynt and any pages using this "service" will throw up a dialog box. This tells me "these people don't respect my privacy, so I'll take my business elsewhere"

Jul 28, 2009 01:05 AM #8
Dan McDermott -- Property Manager, Old Orchard Beach, Maine

I'd also note that while the entire notion of attribution is good from a copyright standpoint, tynt is also pitching it as an SEO technique. Search engines have caught on to link farms, so this is their method to continue link spamming in pursuit of page rank: enlist the help of those who might quote (under the Fair Use doctrine) a website, violating their privacy in the process.

Oddly, the example I gave (dailymail.co.uk) is (d'oh!) in the UK, which from what I gather has some pretty strict data protection laws. So I'm off to read up on those.

Jul 28, 2009 01:20 AM #9
Jim Lee
RE/MAX Shoreline - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Realtor, Portsmouth, NH

Dan, I don't see Tynt as any sort of "link farm".

However I do like the features that give you credit if someone copies something from wherever you're using Tynt. Don't like Tynt, don't copy stuff from where I'm using it.


Jul 29, 2009 02:15 AM #10

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats."

Jan 14, 2010 04:47 AM #11
You do realize that the user can remove the link to your page that they copied from right? They still don't have to give you any credit if that is what your worried about - therefore the use of Tynt isn't that useful if this is what you are trying to prevent. As far as privacy - it might also be pushing the privacy laws in Canada as well as the UK.
Jan 14, 2010 05:06 AM #12
Dan: Do you have an example URL which Tynt requests? Wondering if I can simply use the hosts file to block tynt.com or or it's something.tynt.com Not wanting to enable JavaScript to try this out - I surf with it disabled.
Jan 14, 2010 05:13 AM #13
Bill Forester

Here's a perfect example, Jim. I enabled a packet monitor, went to your blog page, and highlighted the phrase:

Not too much difference here compared to this past May except the dramatic upturn in sales in past months of June seemed to start earlier.


This tells tynt:

- What page I was reading
- When I was reading it
- My IP address (and from this, my location)
- Exactly what text I just selected on the page

Note that I didn't COPY the text - all I had to do was SELECT it for this to happen.

Tynt uses this information to generate a GUID that is inserted into the clipboard when copied, which will highlight the text the next time the site is visited.

Yes, it's a neat and useful trick. But it could just as easily be done with local Javascript that doesn't require sending all this information silently and secretly to the Tynt servers. So why do they do this? Because they can secretly collect this information in the background, and sell it to advertisers.

Jan 14, 2010 06:07 AM #14

If I was selling my home and went to my realtor's site and discovered that they were using this privacy-invading stuff, I'd explain how annoyed I was that they were transferring every visit I made to their site to a third party and then I'd fire them.  Or I wouldn't explain it and just politely thank them for their time and move on to another realtor. YMMV.

Jan 14, 2010 06:43 AM #15
Tsu Dho Numh
Jim - I often select chunks of text because the gawdawful color schemes people inflict on their readers conflicxts with my visual impairments. I'm not copying, I'm just trying to read it. Tynt has been specifically blocked from the computers and networks I control.
Jan 14, 2010 10:46 AM #16
randy s

Jim Lee wrote: " Don't like Tynt, don't copy stuff from where I'm using it."

I'd say, "Don't like Tynt, don't visit websites that use it."

Like yours.

As others have said, there are many reasons to select text on a page. Most of it isn't to steal your precious words. There's totally no reason for them to send the data back to their servers other than for tracking/sales/revenue. Scary.

I wouldn't use an agent who had that on his/her page.



Jan 14, 2010 01:31 PM #17
Tom Jones

I use FireFox and have the Ghostery add-on which can block Tynt

Jan 14, 2010 01:44 PM #18
randy s

Good point Tom, and I think the NoScript add-on will also do the trick.

Jan 14, 2010 01:52 PM #19
Joe M


I understand your frustration. For over a decade I ran one of the largest and oldest music & digital news websites. It was highly ranked in Google and Alexa. We were getting 2.5M hits monthly, about 20-30% of them unique. Understandably there was some poaching of text.

At first I was upset - I'd spend hours each week tracing down copies of my articles - then I had a revelation.

My articles aren't unique. If I hadn't written them, someone else would have. The way I word them may have been more or less interesting, but people were still coming to my site in vast numbers - they weren't going to other sites that were copying my text. I was making enough cash to make me happy, so what more could I want?

I opened up the entire bloody thing - many thousands of articles and tens of thousands of man-hours - on the Creative Commons license.

My content is not so unique that it requires violating my readers trust - and neither is yours.

Joe M

Jan 14, 2010 11:16 PM #20

Just out of curiosity,

To those that are upset by Tynt tracking text copying/selecting events, why is this anymore upsetting than, say, Google Analytics tracking every page you view and every link you click at a site? Nearly every site uses that or something like it, yet you hear little about anyone wanting to disable javascript because of it. Why is Tynt any more offensive?

Jan 20, 2010 08:07 AM #21
... now Google Analytics is running on the Kobo book reader and other "occassionally connected" devices. Now Google is getting information on your reading habits. Of course Amazon is doing this as well but Google, via Analytics, doubleclick, google api and websites is much more pervasive. Check out Mozilla's new Collusion project. If you trust them it could be interesting. https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/collusion/
Apr 22, 2012 08:01 PM #22
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