Blogging is all about being original and being creative, but at times many users who comes online just to make money, or not so morally matured, they bluntly copy-paste other work to make money for them, or use it for different purpose. Plagiarism in general english means “Illegal form of copying”. It could be a blog post, an image, a person photo or anything.
Now, it doesn’t matter who is copying our blog post, it’s our task to protect our blog from these copy-paste blogger. One major reason to protect us from plagiarism is to keep the credit with us. One question you should ask yourself is:
- Would you like someone to take credit of your hours of work?
- Or someone else getting traffic on his blog, because of your work, without any credit to you?
If you relies on Google search for traffic, Google is smart to find such website which copy-paste other works, and usually your content will not be outranked. But, this is not true 100% of time. At times, a copied content might outrank original content in search engine, and you might have to report such content via various methods. Here I will be sharing all important details related to Blog plagiarism, and what you should do when somebody copied content from your blog. By the end, you can ask any other questions related to this topic.
In my last article, I added links to spam reporting pages of some of the popular services like BlogSpot, WordPress and few more, which can be use to report copied content to particular services. Almost all the web-services (Ex: Tumblr, WordPress.com, BlogSpot.com) takes plagiarism as a serious offence, and if enough information is provided via their spam report/DMCA page, copied article will be immediately taken down. zf
How plagiarism affect your search engine ranking
Blog Plagiarism may effect your search engine ranking. It might be possible that original post may slip down in search engine results. It may effect your blog SEO.But the probability of such an occurrence is very low because search engine algorithm are very efficient, so chances of copied content of becoming the top spot is very low and it might be possible that search engine would count them as spam and never index them in the search engine.
- Also see: DMCA takedown penalty added as a new factor in Google ranking
How to find someone is copying your post
There are two most efficient tools present on the web, i.e. Copyscape. You have to fetch your URL to check if any content of your site is present on any other site. There is one more very efficient way of checking this.Just copy the small portion of an article and search the part in Google , if someone copied your article it should be indexed on Google , so Google will tell you the rest of the story. I also suggest Plagium which is also efficient tool to check blog Plagiarism.
- Top 10 free online tools to check for copied content
How to deal with such copy Geeks
The person who copy the post are mostly those who don’t have knowledge about the seriousness of the activity. So don’t be too aggressive to deal with the situation.
- Find the email ID or contact information of the person from the contact me page. Send a formal mail and tell the scraper about the illegal matter and request him to remove the article.
- If the response is not positive then you need to go for some serious approach:
If the scraper is making money from your article then you feel free to contact Google and report them about the illegal activities by the scraper. I have already written a complete guide for the same, and you can refer it below:
- Learn how to use Google DMCA to remove a copied blog post from somebody blog
You should also contact with the webhosting company of the site and report about the illegal activities by scraper.If the webhost found the site is involved in such an activity then it could be possible that whole site would flagged by Webhosting company. There are several handy tools available to check the webhost like Whois.net
Contact Advertising company
Most of advertising company like AdSense, MediaBurst have strict TOS regarding plagiarism. You can send them an Email giving all the details and wait for them to take action.
Link: Report Adsense violation
Copying content doesn’t mean blogging, it is something like having the taste of someone’s other hard work. If anyone need to copy the content of other post the you should give proper credit to the writer and before that take prior permission of the writer by mailing them.This would add the value to your blog.
Do let us know, if you have been fallen in similar kind of situation ever? And if yes, what what your approach to fight against such copy paste geeks?