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One of the best ways to keep track of your content and deal with content theft on the web is to use Google Alerts to let you know when your screen name or the file names of your photo sets and videos are posted anywhere else on the internet.

Using it couldn’t be easier- and this will allow you to know immediately if and when your content is being posted on another site, forum, or file sharing site without your permission. From there, we know what to do right?

You are correct if you said DMCA takedown notice. Being aggressively proactive when it comes to protecting your intellectual property and media should become second nature to you in this business.

Google alerts combined with a DMCA notice really gives you a leg up in the never ending war on piracy. (How do you think that DMCA services do it? That’s right, they use Google alerts and DMCA notices just like I’m going to show you how to do now.)

First off you should be signed into your Google account. Then you should go here, and enter the term you want to watch for on the internet. That’s it! From there, anytime that word or phrase is mentioned, you will receive an email about it letting you know when, where -and sometimes who mentioned it.

Sometimes your content ends up on the web with different file names though, and this can be difficult to anticipate or deal with using Google alerts alone. This is where a simple reverse image search can really help you achieve fine tuned control over where your image does, and doesn’t appear on the internet.

First go here, and add this free extension for chrome. Then simply right click your image anywhere you have it uploaded, and you will have access to an extensive and powerful set of reverse image search engines. (IQDB, SauceNAO, TinEye, Google, etc.) This will allow you to search on an image by image basis to find any errant copies of your material floating around.

Good luck, and happy hunting!

Just another hot and fresh tip from the friendly staff here at TMGFR.