Blogging, Copyright, & Blog Plagiarism — Part 1

Imagine that you’ve worked hard to write, create, and craft blogs and content posted to your site. You’ve spent years researching and working in your field or industry or time with your hobby or area of expertise.  And your blog is your way to demonstrate your credibility while communicating your love and passion about what it is you do.  Maybe your blog is an income source for you and your family.  Either way it’s important.

Do you want to make sure your work is plagiarism free? Copying other research and papers is a sure way to get a bad grade. It is against university and college standards to copy someone’s hard work and this is why it is important to Edubirdie’s plagiarism checker. This is aonline free plagiarism checker and it only takes minutes to complete. Drop your file into the box and choose what kind of paper it is. This is going to allow the checker to search the internet and make sure no sentences or phrases are copied. A lot of people assume that students deliberately copy other papers. But a lot of time, you simply do not realize it when you read so many webpages. So, this tool is free to use and makes sure this does not happen. It will highlight all the parts of your essay that are not unique so they can be changed. 

So maybe you stumble upon a blog or site that is proudly displaying your expertly crafted content as their own.  It doesn’t matter how you got there.  Maybe a friend sent you an email or you googled a keyword combination to check out the competition only to find a thief in disguise plagiarizing your blogs claiming them as their own.  In short, how can we keep this from happening?

Blogging, Copyright, & Blog Plagiarism

Plagiarism is the wrongful use of another author’s original works in the forms of written, photography, and video to name a few.  Online plagiarism is the theft or misuse of content and articles posted on the internet.

Bloggers (from all industries, not just human resources and recruiting) can combat plagiarism by taking an aggressive and defensive approach.  The platform on which you choose to display your content (WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, etc.) plays a role in your ability to keep content stealers and plagiarizers at bag.  Here are seven simple, inexpensive, and effective solutions for bloggers to protect their content from being plagiarized on the world wide web.

  • Blog Protector.  This WordPress plugin protects your blog from right clicks and copy and paste jobs.  These are the prime ways in which content thieves grab your content. Blog Protector is free and is effective but doesn’t keep advanced users from snagging code from your site.
  • Eduzaurus – Simply drop in your document and use this plagiarism checker free
  • DMCA Professional.  DMCA offers three different levels of blog protection, photo and plagiarism services including a free service, pro, and professional takedown.  Paid services start at $10 a month or $199 for a year.  They start the take down process for you and offer a 100% money back guarantee.
  • Disable the Right Click Feature Yourself.  Of course, if you’re a techie, you can consider foregoing the WordPress plugin altogether and modify your html/java script instead.  Instructions are listed here to get you started.
  • Content Similarity Tool.  Sometimes bloggers modify content just a tad, alter some links, and call it a day.  Webconfs offers a similarity tool.  You can enter url as well as the copy cat url in question to determine the percentage of similarity
  • Feed Finder.  A common shortcut tactic among bloggers is to use feeds from other bloggers to drive traffic and build a following.  A short description of your blog post or feed is listed on their site sometimes with a content link directing them to your post for more information.  RSS feeds are used to on sites like Alltop, my site, HR Blogger, and social media sharing tools.  Copy Gator gives you the skinny on who’s using your feeds throughout the web.  The tool is free and thorough but a little slow.
  • Copy & Pasting Drives Conversations.  Copying and pasting is still the most popular way to share information on the internet.  Disabling the ability to copy and paste could be turning off website vistors.  Tynt offers a free service when content is copy and pasted, it automatically adds the url from where the content was copied to the website, email, or article automatically allowing you to better track sharing through more traditional channels.
This is a 3 part series on blog plagiarism, copyright, and online content theft.  Since starting Blogging4Jobs in 2007, I’ve been a victim of blog theft multiple times multiple ways. 
Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.

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  1. I hate that you have been a victim, but I appreciate that through it you are able to share your insights and best practices. Keep it up!!

  2. about plagiarism services..i check out a lot of checking plagiarism services (i’m writer), but the best service i tried its plagtracker.com, really. and its free!

  3. Personally I find plagiarism to be an unspeakable offense. Not only is someone stealing your words, but they are stealing your ideas. Ess states that in some cultures, such as Confucianism, taking and copying the works of others is seen as paying homage to their skills and abilities as a writer and thinker (p. 85-86). However, in Western cultures such acts are seen as theft. Personally, and no doubt most because I was raised in Western culture, I see such acts as theft. I feel that your words and ideas are yours alone, and if you chose to share them with the outside world we should be respectful enough not to steal from you. This article was wonderful for those of us who are new to blogging or have yet to realize we are putting our very soul on the line by allowing others to read our words. I love that this issue is being tackled and that such vital information is being shared.
    Ess, C. (2009). Digital media ethics. Malden, MA: Polity Press.

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