Woman writing notes in a notebook at a table: why you should stop stealing content from other blogs.

It’s happened to me several times. Whether I check my incoming links (especially no anchor links) or check out a competitor’s site, I inevitably find content stolen word-for-word, translated, or pretty much copied, modified slightly and published. You’ll learn very quickly why you should stop stealing content from other blogs.

Never, ever… and I mean NEVER copy from others again. Stop stealing other people’s content!

Sure, you can be inspired. I’ve read many fantastic blog posts that have inspired me to write my own, from scratch. The operative phrase here is “from scratch”. My work and my thoughts are original.

What prompted me to write this post was the discovery of a blog coach’s site with my content – word for word. Some bloggers will steal your content and claim it as their own.

What you’ll learn is all about the pitfalls of stealing content, and instead what you should be doing to build your position as a credible expert in your niche!

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Stop Stealing Content!

I know you’re tempted to quickly get your blog growing when you’ve just started a new site… to get yourself established as an expert, coach or consultant.

You want to cut corners because it takes so much time to write amazing content.

Here are a few key reasons why you should stick to your original content when it comes to blog posts AND blog pages (because that same blog coach stole sections of my blog coaching services content).

Let’s dive in…

Don’t Steal Content From Other Bloggers: It’s Theft, Pure And Simple

Did you get taught as a child never to steal?

Taking a shortcut to grow your blog by publishing somebody else’s content as your own is theft.

You see that little copyright symbol and notice at the bottom of my blog that says “ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPUBLISHING OF CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION IS PROHIBITED.”

That means you can’t take my content and republish it without my permission.

I even had an Italian blogger take my content, translate it and claim it as her own. That’s still content theft!

One of the best ways to protect your blog is by ensuring you have something like this on your site.

Secondly, have a terms & conditions page on your site as well. This spells out what people can do with your content.

PRO TIP: Sometimes content thieves use your RSS feed to scrape your content to add to their website. I had several of these plaguing this site in the past. I found that Perfmatters, a site optimization plugin, had a feature that turned my RSS feed off. While some may want to keep their RSS feed, I found it worked at deterring pesky content thieves with crappy sites.

| READ MORE: How To Legally Protect Your Blog From Lawsuits And Content Theft

What Can Happen When Caught Stealing Content

There are several key reasons why you stop stealing content from other blogs.

Stop stealing content, as it can result in:

  • DMCA takedown – content is removed from the web by request of the content owner
  • Your site may be taken down by your hosting provider completely (especially if you’re a repeat offender)
  • Your site can get de-indexed by Google and other search engines – find out more about removing content from Google searches for legal reasons
  • Your reputation will be ruined
  • You’ll miss out on potential collaborations that can greatly propel your business forward
  • YOU CAN BE SUED – and lose thousands of dollars

With that last point, you feel the painful results of content theft. See why I say you should stop stealing content?

You Will Inevitably Get Caught

Do you think you can hide in anonymity? Nope! Here are some of the ways people find stolen content:

  • Incoming links to the original user’s site can sometimes include those you failed to strip out. One hidden “no anchor text” spot you missed and VOILA, your stolen content is found. I use Moz and other SEO tools to find content thieves.
  • Google searches of blog post titles and sections of content
  • Using plagiarism checkers (e.g. Plagiarism Checker – has some free options, Copyscape is another one, and Grammarly has one in the premium version)
  • Doing a check of their competitor’s content
  • Finding similar pins on Pinterest and checking them out (this happened to me with one post!)
  • Getting updated by a loyal blog follower who stumbles across their content

I’ve even found my affiliate links showing up on stolen content and found the copy thieves through my affiliate reports.

YUP – you can’t hide!

What To Do If Your Content Has Been Stolen

This deserves a full blog post of its own, and I’m not a lawyer. So I’ll share two excellent links to answer these questions.

The key thing you need to do is document everything with screenshots. Note the URL and what’s been stolen off your site (note your URL too).

The first step is to reach out and ask for the content to be removed. If there’s no response, you can seek help with a DMCA takedown, the hosting provider, or getting the posts de-indexed on Google.

Your last resort is a lawsuit.

How To Avoid Plagiarizing And Stealing Content

So now you know that you should stop stealing other’s people content. How do you avoid falling into this trap?

Easy – write your own amazing content!

Here are smart tips for creating original content:

  • Don’t research your topic first: write your post outline and first draft without looking at others’ posts on the topic
  • Research, and write down your notes in your own words: paraphrase. Edit your content based on what YOU wrote.
  • If you’re using a quote from another blogger, do it properly with ” ”, their name, the blog’s name and a do-follow link to their blog
  • Check to see if something is copyrighted – familiarize yourself with different levels of copyright. Check also about digital content (Creative Commons),
  • Use tools such as Grammarly (pro version) to check your content to see if you’ve copied from elsewhere. It will catch duplicate content.

This last point is important if you use the services of a copywriter or guest blogger to develop your content. You don’t know 100% for sure if they haven’t stolen content from others.

Now that you’ve written your own original content, you want to get found! Start with good SEO practices – specifically optimizing your blog post content. Doing this extra work (yes, it takes a bit of time – don’t be lazy!) can make a huge difference in how well you do as a blogger.

Here’s an easy five-day course that will help you get started with good SEO practices to get you ranking faster in Google:

Theft Is Not A Shortcut To Blogging Success

Finally, remind yourself that there are no easy shortcuts to starting and growing a blog.

The bottom line is, that you don’t steal content from other bloggers. Ever!

Stop stealing content from other blogs to get ahead. Sure, you can try this for a while, but eventually, your cheating will catch up to you, with heavy penalties.

Loss of money, reputation and even everything you’ve worked on can be devastating. You don’t want that, do you?

So do things right – ethically, professionally and with honour. Sooner or later, you will be rewarded with success.

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