Plagiarism is simple and plain cheating. Basically, it is stealing another person’s work and then publishing it as your own original content. Not only is plagiarism immoral – it is also financially damaging for the author. Plagiarism is an unlawful earning off another person’s work without giving due credit to the author. Content stealing is a frequent thing nowadays. No matter what amount of security you put in, these thieves will steal your content one way or another. A number of times content can be found copied without any source or a backlink to the original post.
This is not only agitating, but also affects the ranking of your blog. The most common way in which the content is stolen is through the simple copy-pasting and publishing texts as one’s own posts. There is a need to safeguard our posts from being stolen. Luckily, there is a way out – to make it hard for plagiarists to use the stolen content.
If you are among those who have suffered from plagiarism here are some popular tricks used by bloggers to protect content.
1. Copyscape is one of the most reliable and easy methods for checking whether the content is original and for preventing any duplicate copies online. It is also used to track down any copied texts online. It displays results showing if any copied content is found in the Internet and also lets you put up a warning banner to fend off plagiarists. Site :http://www.copyscape.com/
2. Disabling text selection on blog: Disabling text selection on your blog is the most essentially effective method to prevent content stealing. It’s a simple procedure for WordPress users as they just need to add this wpcopyprotect lugin. Blogger users will need to install a Java script code themselves in the HTML of their site.
3. Watermarking your images and videos: This is not only important for mainly image blogs, but also for users who have created original animations and images for their blogs. Watermarking an image not only gives you the ownership but also creates a difficulty for the thief as they can’t be promoting your blog’s name with your watermarks. Many online tools (as well as the Photoshop software) allow you to add watermarks with a single click.
4. Managing RSS feeds. There is content scraping software that is capable of using your content and publishing it under a number of permalinks. Such software basically acts as a spinner replacing the main keywords. This can be prevented by only allowing shortened RSS feeds; additionally, you can also add copyright notice with a feed signature.
5. Creative Common License. Creative Commons is an organization that aims to generate a number of types of licenses for your work. Creative common license is helpful in protecting your online materials, as the badge displays how your stuff needs to be used, if ever. It can be set up within minutes, free of charge, and provides protection for eBooks, images and a number of other content.
6. Disclaimer’s page. Make it known to your readers how you wish your work to be used by adding a disclaimer’s page, which underlines your privacy concerns and your privacy statement about your content.
7. Registering your blog posts on Copyright.gov: Although this process is not free, it gives you a sense of federal protection. Blog posts rounding up to 90 days can now be registered for 45$. Online registration is the easiest way to do it. Site: www.Copyright.gov
8. Request the blogger to remove your content or give you credit. This is the nicest way to respond if you find your content stolen and published elsewhere. You can ask the owner to either take down your texts or give you your publishing credits for it. If this fails you can contact search engines reporting the plagiarized content. Doing so will probably blacklist their pages.
What tools do you use to protect your content online? Would you like recommending any method you found useful? Comment to let us know!