A few months back I talked about Copyscape service under the title Is someone copying your blog?
Extending this series, and today we will touch base something of the topics such as:
- How to report a blog
- Plagiarism in blogging
- Plagiarism and SEO
And a few more topics…
But before that…
Blogging is all about being original and being creative, but at times many users who comes online just to make money, or not so morally matured, they bluntly copy-paste other work to make money for them, or use it for different purpose.
Plagiarism in general english means “Illegal form of copying”. It could be a blog post, an image, a person photo or anything.
Now, it doesn’t matter who is copying our blog post, it’s our task to protect our blog from these copy-paste blogger. One major reason to protect us from plagiarism is to keep the credit with us. One question you should ask yourself is:
- Would you like someone to take credit of your hours of work?
- Or someone else getting traffic on his blog, because of your work, without any credit to you?
If you rely on Google search for traffic, Google is smart to find such a website which copy-pastes other works, and usually, your content will not be outranked.
But, this is not true 100% of time.
At times, a copied content might outrank original content in search engine, and you might have to report such content via various methods.
Here I will be sharing all important details related to Blog plagiarism, and what you should do when somebody copied content from your blog. By the end, you can ask any other questions related to this topic.
How Plagiarism affect your search engine ranking
Blog Plagiarism may affect your search engine ranking. It might be possible that original post may slip down in search engine results. It may affect your blog SEO.
But the probability of such an occurrence is very low because search engine algorithm is very efficient, so chances of copied content of becoming the top spot is very low and it might be possible that search engine would count them as spam and never index them in the search engine.
How to find someone is copying your post
There are two most efficient tools present on the web, i.e. Copyscape. You have to fetch your URL to check if any content of your site is present on any other site. There is one more very efficient way of checking this.
Just copy the small portion of an article and search the part in Google , if someone copied your article it should be indexed on Google , so Google will tell you the rest of the story. Do try Grammarly which is also an efficient tool to check blog Plagiarism.
How to deal with such copy Geeks
The person who copies the post is mostly those who don’t have knowledge about the seriousness of the activity. So don’t be too aggressive to deal with the situation.
- Find the email ID or contact information of the person from the contact me page. Send a formal mail and tell the scraper about the illegal matter and request him to remove the article.
- If the response is not positive then you need to go for some serious approach:
If the scraper is making money from your article then you feel free to contact Google and report them about the illegal activities by the scraper. I have already written a complete guide for the same, and you can refer it below:
You should also contact the webhosting company of the site and report about the illegal activities by scraper. If the webhost found the site is involved in such activity then it could be possible that the whole site would be flagged by Webhosting company. There are several handy tools available to check the WebHost like Whois.net
Contact Advertising company
Most of the advertising company like AdSense, MediaBurst have strict TOS regarding plagiarism. You can send them an email giving all the details and wait for them to take action.
Link: Report Adsense violation
There are many reasons for which people copy your blog post.
- Lack of understanding (Mostly newbie’s)
- Spam blogs ( To get traffic and authority)
- MFA blogs (Made for AdSense blogs)
It could be any reason. No matter who is copying your blog, it’s bad for you in many ways and especially for search engine ranking. Sometimes blog copying your content ranks better than yours and thus you lose all the traffic despite of your hard work. When someone copies your blog content, you would be definitely losing:
- Your bandwidth
- Search engine ranking
- Image hotlinking
The point here is if someone if copying your blog, you should take it seriously. The first approach should be contacting the author and make them understand the concept of plagiarism. You should also read How to deal with blog plagiarism?.
In most of the case, this works. If not, you can report to the advertisement partner of that blog or the hosting company of the blog. To make your work easier I’m pointing out few hosts along with the contact page to report abuse
By reporting spam, you are actually participating in the blogging community effort to keep it clean.
Do share your experience with copy paste posts people and how you fight against them?
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