One of the problems you may face if youâ€™re a blogger with top class writing skills and informative content is other people copying your content. Your articles, which youâ€™ve spent time to research and compile specifically for your readers, may impress someone so much that they decide to â€œstealâ€ your content and publish it on their own blog without your permission. So is there a way to stop them, or any other solution to this problem?
How Plagiarism can Harm You
First of all, the content you write and publish on your blog is an outcome of your effort, so if someone is copying your content, it means that they are benefitting from your hard work without having put any effort in. They steal and repost your content on their blog within a matter of minutes, with just a few mouse clicks.
If that isnâ€™t bad enough, it can also affect your search engine rankings. Search engines, especially Google, tend to lower the ranking of blogs with duplicate content. So far there is no evidence to believe that it takes into account where the content was first published. Therefore people copying your content are not only going to lower your blogâ€™s search engine rankings, it might also present the risk of search engines not even adding your content to their indexes.
How you can find out if someone is Copying your Blog Content
The best way to do this is using Copyscape Plagiarism Checker. Itâ€™s a free online tool where you can paste the URL of any of your blog posts and find if there are any webpages with duplicate content matching yours. Another way is to use Google; you can just copy a few sentences from one of your blog posts and search it using Google. If someone has copied your content, it will appear in the search results.
How to Take Down the Duplicate Content
- Send a polite e-mail to the owner of the blog, asking them to take down the content copied from your blog.
- If the blog owner does not reply to your email, send them a â€œCease and Desist Noticeâ€.
- Report the blog to Google via their DCMA Notice tool: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice
- Send a DMCA letter to the webhost of that blog.
- If that blog is using Google Adsense, send a DMCA letter to Google Adsense. You can also send DCMA letters to any other advertisers who have advertised on the blog.
- If none of the above work, you can consider filing a lawsuit.