Today I’m writing about how to avoid Plagiarism. Plagiarism is having your website text stolen and used on someone else’s website. It is also copying the text from someone else’s website to use on yours.
Why should you care about this?
Google sees the duplicate content and will penalize (drop your ranking down) for this. If someone else has the same content that you do, this can seriously affect your search engine rankings.
How to check your website for duplicate content
Copyscape.com is a website you can go to to check your website pages for duplicate content. There are steps you can take to stop others from using you content.
I would suggest first making sure your content is actually the original. if it is, contact the website owner and nicely let them know that their content was copied from your website. There’s a possibility they are not aware of this. Sometimes web designers or copywriters are unethical and will steal the content for your website without your knowledge.
If you contact the offending site owner and they don’t respond or remove the duplicate content, you can report the offender to Google and they will penalize the offending website, or even remove them search results altogether.
There is one exception to this rule. You can copy articles from other websites if they are of value to your website visitors. If you do this, you must leave the author’s link intact and use a conical tag to the original article link to let Google know that you did not write the article. If you don’t know how to add a conical tag, give me a call. 209-251-7534