Plagiarism is an act of stealing someone’s content (images, articles, videos, etc.) and posting on his blog or website. Plagiarism is a form of cheating as if someone uses your content for his personal benefits. It is an act of copyright infringement unless that person has a written permission from you.
How to find plagiarism
Plagiarism is the biggest problems bloggers are facing now a days. The situation worsens when duplicate content gets higher ranking in search results. However, there are different ways to find a plagiarist how is stealing your content for his interests.
- Google Alerts
Google Alerts is one the best and simplest tools to find if someone using your content. Simply visit the Google Alerts website, put in a portion of your content, choose the type of website and give your email so Google can contact you with results. Google Alerts is a wonderful tool that provide you option to create alerts on weekly, daily or “as it happens” basis.
Copyscape is a good option for checking duplicate content. Its Premium results are well worth the money you have spent. You can type in your website URL and Copyscape will search the web and let you know which sites/blogs are stealing and reposting your content.
Why you need to report plagiarism
If you have produced content on your blog/website and someone copies it without your permission, then it is an open violation of the copyrights policy of Google. Reporting plagiarism to Google is essential if someone is violating your copyrights. In addition, it is an important way to punish anyone who wrongfully copies the text you have written before. Google will punish plagiarists in search results, as we all know that Google can lower the rank of such blogs in search results.
Report to Google violations of their copyright is an efficient way to protect your rights and curb the realization of plagiarism. So how to report Google if someone is using your content without your consent.
Contact Google for content plagiarism
If you have come across content that have been copied from your website/blog then contact Google. The authorities will carefully review the material and consider it blocking, removing or restricting access to it. Make sure you flag the post, image or video for Google’s content team to review the plagiarized content.
Google Webmaster Tools
Visit Google DMCA page where you can file a complaint through Google Webmaster Tools. After receiving your complaint, Google will ban the site/blog from search results. Moreover, if the plagiarist is using Google AdWords and earning through it, then Google will block his account forever.
Google scraper report
Google scraper report is a helpful tool to find out who is using your content on his website. Visit Google Scraper Report, enter your URL, enter the URL of the offending site, provide a Google search result where you feel spam site is gaining unjust ranking and then submit the report to Google.
If the content is in a product of Google itself such as Blogger, for example then Google will take down the content or may even cancel the blog. You can lodge your complaint through Google DMCA page where you need to select “Blogger/Blogspot”.
Google cannot remove the content from a hosted blog. However, it can remove the item from search results. Google can punish plagiarists in search results. Making its other articles (even he has written), start to stay in worse positions in search results.
If you are a plagiarist or intend to copy content from another blog then you must ask for the permission to publish content on your website/blog. If permission is not granted, then produce your own unique content to avoid the situation as mentioned above.