What happens if someone copies that idea of yours and don’t even give you the credit. Of course it isn’t fair. It hurts so much because you’re the one who put in all your time, effort and dedication to write something fresh and completely unique.
In this era where an act of plagiarism or closely imitating someone idea or sentence from his or her blog without authorization or by not giving the credit is common, protecting the originality of your work seems next to impossible.
Content Plagiarism is a Big Problem on the Internet
Many businesses are not at all ashamed of Stealing/Duplicating of content from other website without realising “duplicate content penalty” consequences. To fight back against content duplication problems and related possible ambiguities, Google treat the websites with copied content over strict Google Search Quality Evaluator Guidelines and penalise them algorithmically or manually.
Here’s a video explaining how does Google handle duplicate content
John Mueller from Google clearly says “the practice of making your text more ‘unique’, using low-quality techniques like adding synonyms and related words is: probably more counter productive than actually helping your website.” If Google finds that your content is not unique then it classifies the website having THIN content, or MANIPULATIVE BOILER-PLATE or NEAR DUPLICATE ‘SPUN’ content as a result of violating Google’s website performance recommendations.
Practical Ways to Detect & Prevent Content Plagiarism
For all those who left wondering what they can do to protect the content from being plagiarized, here are few tips to get you started:
1. Add Personal touch to the blogs.
Try to make your blog original and unique by giving personal touch. To add personal you can add your own personal experiences or examples of accidents that happened to you only. For example, write a post about how you designed your blog, but describe your personal story, include pictures and share the problems you’ve encountered to make it harder for plagiarizing.
2. If possible, avoid writing short blog posts.
You will be surely happy to know that Plagiarists fails to copy lengthy blogs, so to protect your blogs from plagiarism it is recommended that you make it a habit to write longer blogs.
3. Leave watermarks on your images.
To stop any other website or anyone to use your photographs you may you can consider leaving a watermark on them with your blog name or address on the top of the photos. This is great if you are linked to websites like Flickr or PhotoBucket which people usually use to search for images. Adding watermarks is easily done in any photo editor; just don’t forget to choose the option medium to high ‘dpi’ before saving the image to preserve the quality of the picture.
4. Contact the plagiarists.
If your blog content has been stolen, contact the stealing website through email providing all the needed information to show that your blog is copy protected and to proof the content has been plagiarized. Ask them to either credit you properly linking back to your blog, or to remove the copied post from their website.
5. Rely on plagiarism checking tools
You can always take help of various online plagiarism tools and services that check text stealing. iThenticate, Grammarly.com, PlagiarismChecker.com, Plagiarisma, Duplichecker are some most recommended online plagiarism checking tool that scans your text for borrowed content for free.