There is nothing more gut-wrenching than being plagiarized. It hurts so much to watch all your time, effort and dedication put in to draft something fresh and completely unique has been stolen and reused under someone else’s name without attribution.
In today’s digital era, an act of content plagiarism is a serious matter of concern and protecting the originality of your work seems next to impossible. People don’t mind stealing content like text, graphics and videos intentionally or unintentionally without realizing the legalities rather than producing their own work. Search engine giants like Google doing everything in their power to put their control over it so their users can receive only the best and most useful results when searching their queries. Still, original content is highly vulnerable to theft.
Now the million dollar question is how to stop content thieves from stealing your awesome (read original) work that is meant to be accessed by everyone for references. Not to worry!
Just Follow These Proven Ways To Monitor And Prevent Content Stealing
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:
Personal Touch to the Blogs
Try to make your blog original and unique by giving a 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.
Activate Google Alerts
Google comes with a plagiarism monitoring system. By setting up the Google Alert tool on your website, you shall recieve an email on possible plagiarism of all your work available online. which runs a special algorithm that detects various websites having the keyword combinations similar to your content. With the help of Google Alerts, you can take necessary actions again content plagiarism whenever you receive a notification related to content stealing.
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 of writing longer blogs.
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.
- 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.
Copy Cats will never, ever win – always be original. Don’t Plagiarize!