Today I want to share an incident with you all which happened with me a few days ago. I was searching something on the web and to my surprise (or I better say shock), I saw same content on 4 different websites. Same means ‘word to word’ same. Of course, only one website among them owns that content.
I do not want to disclose those websites, but I just want to share that the content owner is one of the top blogger. So you can imagine how gutsy (or I say shameless) these content thieves are. If they have not forgiven the top bloggers then I don’t think we guppy-bloggers (term used for small bloggers in an Aha-now Post) can expect any mercy from them.
But still we cannot sit without doing anything to protect our content. So here I am sharing with you a few things which you can do to protect your blog posts from plagiarism.
Let us see this step-wise:
Step 1: Let people know you are aware
The first thing you should do in order to protect your content is to let people know you are aware of your right. This will make the content thieves think twice before stealing your post. For that you need to do the following things:
- Adding a Disclaimer to your blog:
Create a disclaimer/policy page on your blog stating that in what ways your content and images can be used. Here you should write, whether you allow your blog posts and images to be used in any way (with or without giving credit to your site) or not.
- Watermarking your images:
Always watermark all your blog images which you own so that even if someone uses your image, you will automatically get the credit. Also, you can claim the ownership of your image and ask the one who is using to remove it.
- Add a DMCA Badge:
Adding a DMCA badge on your website is enough for people to know that they cannot copy your content and publish it somewhere under their name. It is free to get the badge so I recommend, without much thinking grab one now.
Step 2: Get informed about any theft
Even after doing the things mentioned in Step 1, there are chances that people would have copied your work. Chances are more when you have written a killer post. So, here it is important for you to know where your content has been used.
Use the below mentioned ways to know whether someone has stolen your post or not:
Copyscape is a free tool to check for plagiarism. This is very awesome and helpful tool indeed in internet marketing to check whether content is original or copied from somewhere else. All you need to do is put your post URL in the Copyscape search bar, and click on go. If someone would have copied your blog post, you will find it.
Select a unique phrase from your blog post and copy it. Paste it in Google search bar between quotation marks and click on search. Adding text between quotation marks let you search for that exact phrase; and you will get the website which has stolen your content.
If your blog is created with WordPress then you can enable pings. Pings will notify you when someone links to your blog. When you receive a notification, you can go and check whether they have completely copied your article or used it as a reference.
Step 3: Time to take action
After using the ways discussed in Step 2, when you came to know that someone is using your content, then you can do the following things to get to remove that content from the web:
- Contact that person:
When you find someone that has copied your post completely then you can ask them to remove that content. If they have twisted it in some way, then you can tell them to give credit to your site.
- File a DMCA complaint:
If your blog is DMCA protected, you can lodge a DMCA complaint against that website. This will definitely help you in removing that content from the web. Yes! this is very important part you can file a DMCA complaint and must check it time to time like if someone is copying your content.
- Report To Google
You also have the option to report Copied content to Google by filling a simple DMCA form. You just need to find out the platform Content thief is using and then, using different complaint forms (Link given below) by filling correct details.
Note:- You must enter accurate Details about you, your Post and the copied Content. And also, use your Own words to explain, You are the Copyright owner of the content and someone has copied work.
I hope this post made you aware with all the things you need to know in order to protect your blog posts from plagiarism.
Now I want to know from you what you are doing to keep your content safe from content-thieves. Share your blog protection ways with me in the comments section below.