Monday, July 11, 2011
Plagiarism is as Plagiarism Does...
Just like everything else out there, the possibilities and the how to do it has to be researched thoroughly before actually doing it. From what I've read, it's going to take quite a few articles strategically placed to amount to anything in the beginning. It's a project that takes time to reap the benefits from but once the bulk of the beginning content is written, it will pay off handsomely.
One of the sites that I do occasionally post on that does absolutely nothing for me except grant a backlink to another one of my websites is Ezine Articles. You'll see a link for them on my sidebar here that will take you to my twenty something articles that I have posted on their site. One of the great things about Ezine is that my articles there can be "borrowed" and published on other websites. But they are supposed to be published in their entirety, unedited and with the original author's (that would be me on my stuff) name.
This is where Copyscape.com comes in...
Occasionally I run my own articles through Copyscape a second time after they have been published for a while to see where they have ended up. And each time there is some lazy writer from elsewhere in the world that has felt the need to plagiarize all or part of one of my articles. Today it's this article that I wrote back in October of last year. We are talking entire sections of the article that are showing up verbatim with someone else's name attached to it.
Do I freak out? Naaah. There's really nothing that I can do about it. I just remind myself that copying is one of the greatest forms of flattery. They obviously liked what I had to say so they stole it. There's really not much I can do about it anyway because when I read the rest of their articles it is very obvious that English isn't their first language so I'd probably be dealing with some content mill in India and who has time for that? If it were the entire article... well... that's different.
Originality and interesting subject matter are what I'm looking for I guess. Not regurgitating or rewriting the same article about car insurance that is already on 100 websites out there fifteen times for fifteen different clients. No wonder Google changed the way they rank websites earlier this year. People were puking the same information all over the net and it is frustrating to try and search for an answer to a question when you are reading the same thing over and over again... just worded differently.
This low level writing stuff is crazy sometimes. But I'll figure it out. Because that's what I have to do. Well, either that or once again I'll be repeating the phrase "Would you like fries with that?"
I swear this economy still sucks and the only "hope" and "change" that I've experienced is "hoping" that there's more "change" mixed in with the lint in my pocket when I go to the store in case the price has went up again and I don't know it yet. And that scares me my friends. It really, REALLY does.
Happy Monday... I think. :)