Posted on : 24-12-2011 | By : stargaterich | In : Internet_Marketing
Plagiarism is rampant in the Internet. Content theft is a serious problem. It takes time and efforts to produce original unique content but all it takes is mere seconds to steal someone else unique content to put on another site. (‘Stealing’ or plagiarizing in the sense that the source of the content such as the author bylines or link to the original content is intentionally left out)
Autoblog and scraper sites are the main culprits. Such sites are configured to scan through the Internet for contents based on specific keywords and phrases. The problem is further compounded if you have RSS feeds on your site. It allows others to easily access your feeds through RSS readers.
With the number of websites increasing daily, it takes a lot of time to locate sites that plagiarize your contents. Fret not; here are two powerful tips to help you easily patrol the World Wide Web for plagiarism to prevent content theft.
Google Alert is the mighty search engine toolbox that you can turn to become your round the clock twenty four hours duty policeman to search the Internet for plagiarism. This is how you can do it.
Go the http://www.google.com/alerts and type in the search query. I would suggest you put in keywords or phrases specific to the content that you are monitoring. For instance, you can include the title of your article as the search query.
I would also suggest you set the ‘How many’ field to “Only the best results” in order to match the closest results that is similar to your search query. Once you are done with that you can sit back and wait for the alert.
Visit the sites to confirm if it is truly plagiarism or not. Sometime those Autoblogs are configured to spin the contents imported from your site. Replacing of words and phrases with other similar words still constitute violation of copy right content.
You can get more information on how to use Google Alert for content monitoring. This is a great piece of utility which no other online tools able to match. You can use this service for other purposes such as to spy on your competitors, monitor trends and etc.
When in doubt, you can use a free service called plagiarism checker at http://www.plagiarismchecker.com/ to validate the contents. So you see, Google toolbox is very useful and you should make use of it.
Another method to make it difficult for those copycats to steal your content is by embedding your homepage link into the article itself. If doing so seems kind of awkward, you can always arrange your article in such ways to deep link to other pages. Try not to include your homepage or website link at the end of the article because it is easier for those scrapers and Autoblog to filter off such signature.