“Stealing is stealing. I don’t care if it’s on the Internet or you’re breaking into a warehouse somewhere- it’s theft.”
– Patrick Leahy
After putting hours of work researching, editing and publishing your content on your blog, you would never want to be discredited for your own work by anyone in anyway.
Finding out about your content being copied is most hurtful and unfortunate thing for any blogger.
Before getting into what should be done when your content gets copied, let’s find out why we need to stop people from copying your blog content.
Here’s what happens when someone copy blog content and why we need to stop them-
- The first reason (quite obviously) is that your content is the result of your efforts and hard work. One puts a lot of research, writing, editing and not to mention the crazy amount of mental energy for creating a good blog post. It is your (intellectual) property and as such only you should get to decide where it ends up.
- The second reason is from the viewpoint of SEO. When someone copies your blog content in their site, Google will find that content as a duplicate. You will lose precious SEO points. You might lose your search engine ranking or page ranking as a result of your original content getting copied. I learned about this while researching on the topic from an article published on shoutmeloud.
- Another reason is (again obvious) you won’t get any credit for the work you have put in. Your content might reach to some genuine people who value your work but they will never know the real creator of that content. If they did, you could form a meaningful connection with them through the medium of that content.
- And the last reason is an answer to this fundamental question, ‘why do we blog?’ I think, we blog to connect with like-minded, relatable and real people or in short our kindred spirits. When someone steals your content, they also steal some of those prospective connections. People who would value the experience of knowing you as the creator of something they appreciated, they (as well as you) will miss out on this valuable experience. Now, I think that is the most important reason why we need to stop people from copying your blog content.
Whatever your reason is to speak against content theft, your reason is valid. You have every right to claim for your work and you must try to protect it from getting copied by content thieves.
Next day/ Tomorrow we will continue this series and I shall try to shed some light on ‘how to stop getting your content copied.’ If and only if that is something possible, we shall find out next week!
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