If you have a website or a blog, that means that you need articles. If you are a writer, then it is okay. However, if you hire writers to write for you, then you are in danger. Your writers must be chosen carefully to avoid those who plagiarize the others’ contents and sell them for you as original ones. You can’t imagine how angry and embarrassed you will be when you know by someone that the contents of your website are stolen from another place. They will try to contact you and ask you how you got the permission to use their content and published it on your site, and it may be worse if they complain to others and try to close your site.
However, if you know that it is stolen or not, It’s still plagiarism. So, here’s a quick explanation of plagiarism, and some tips to avoid it.
What Is Plagiarism?
First of all, if you look to the meaning of the word “plagiarism” in any dictionary, you will notice that it is the act of appropriating the literary composition of another, it may be just parts, the passages or the ideas and using them as the product of one’s own mind.
In plain language, plagiarism takes place when you take somebody else’s work and use it as your own. Whether you intend or not, and whether you are aware that you’re copying or not are not important at all.
The Consequences of Plagiarism:
It is totally illegal to steal copyrighted work, and you could be sued. Notice that everything published online is copyrighted, everything even if it doesn’t have a copyright.
The Danger of having plagiarized content on your website or blog:
If you run any kind of websites or blogs, and one of your team gave you an article to publish it, you have to verify it’s legitimate at first. If you check or not, you are the only responsible if it is stolen.
The four Ways Below Will Help you Avoid Plagiarism
1- Use Google.
When you get an article from someone you don’t trust, you can copy one sentence from the article, go to Google.com, then paste the sentence and add quotes around it. If you see a huge list of sites, try a longer phrase.
If you still see many sites which contain this sentence, then notice that something may be wrong.
Here you have to contact the person who gave you the content to make sure that it is original and not stolen.
2- Use the Creative Commons.
The Creative Commons license system is used by many bloggers and websites owners to ensure that their content is original. CC is an excellent search tool to double-check any content, if the content is CC licensed, then there are some chances that you can still use it, just by following the licensee’s guidelines for that material.
You can also use some of the popular checkers like Small Seo Tools and many others.
3- Read the Article.
If the content is stolen from another website or blog, then you may feel it when you read the article. For example, an author who is supposed to be living in Barcelona, while the article refers to Seattle… or anything (a link, image, picture..) may not be related to the main issue.
4- Provide Clear Contact Information.
When your content is stolen, there is a big chance that the original writer will contact you. Therefore, providing a clear contact informations at your site which enable anyone to contact you quickly and easily is a proof that your mistake is just a mistake.