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    Easy Way to Find Out About Copied Content with Copygator

    Plagiarism or content theft has already become a big nuisance for the genuine bloggers and writers world-wide. After all theft of your content which you have written after spending so much time, effort and research can not be less irritating and frustrating  than theft of any other precious article. Many bloggers have always been taking about this topic on and off. It is essential also, not only to protect your own content but also to educate others who are either new or don’t know about this as yet. After recent Google Panda update, this topic has again come to limelight, more because when bloggers noticed that due to Panda update, sites with duplicate content are ranking higher than the ones who originally wrote that. However, this ranking issue after Panda changes has got more to do with Google’s own algorithm rather than blogger’s fault. But this issue has again raised the issue of content theft more prominently this time.

    Shoutmeloud has already written a post on how to report such content thefts to Google and file a DMCA notice. I myself also have written a post on my blog on how to prevent content theft by using some wordpress plugins. But these plugins can not prevent the content theft being done through blog’s RSS feed. These are mostly content scrapper sites or aggregators who picks up a site’s blog feed (which is openly available anyways) and publish them to their own sites in full. Again, you will find posts and information on how to customize your feed to publish summary instead of full article and also to put few backlinks so that even if content scrapper sites publish your content, at least you will get the credit automatically through those backlinks.

    However, there is still a need to know at least who are the sites stealing your content before you can decide on what and how to take action against them. There are sites like Copyscape.com and Plagiarism.pro through which you can see if your content exist on web somewhere else. These two sites mostly work in way that you can search with by providing a paragraph of text or by providing a URL of the post. Alternatively, you can search directly by putting the title of the post in Google search box. However, Most of these processes are manual and not automatic and hence you will not be able to come to know about the content theft as soon as it happens. CopyGator is a solution to this problem. Copygator does the work of finding the stolen content automatically without any  manual intervention from your part and you will get notified also. Lets see how you can make use of Copygator to trace the stolen content from your site.

    How to use Copygator to find copied content from your blog?

    Go to Copygator.com and submit your RSS feed URL at the home page itself and click “Watch this feed”.

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    This process will take from few minutes to few hours to actually start watching your RSS feed.

    After Copygator has started watching your RSS feed, you can check out content theft from your site just by providing your site’s URL in “Who’s using your feed content?” box on the home page of Copygator. This will find out and notify you where all your content is being used.

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    To make the above process more automatic, you have to display the Copygator’s badge on to your site. You can display the badge by copying the following code and pasting it on your site and the badge will start appeasing on your site.

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    Whenever there is content theft, the above badge displayed on your site will change its color to RED to notify you about the content theft. You can click on the badge to get into details of who is stealing your content and where is it being used.

    Hope, you will find the above information quite useful and you will use this to fight against plagiarism. Do share your opinion with us and also tell us what other methods and techniques you are adopting to find out about the content theft.

    This is a guest post by Hacktik who blogs at Hacktik. If you would like to write for ShoutMeLoud, check our adsense revenue sharng program.

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    { 9 comments… read them below or add one }

    Raghav

    What actions one must take against a copied content writer. There are some bloggers which are copying my content directly to their blogs and this is not tolerable. So what steps you prefer?

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    Jasmine

    CopyGator looks pretty good. Will check it out and use it to fight plagiarism!

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    Maninder Singh

    Sure and do give your feedback once you use it.

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    Arun @ dailywiki

    Really good info about Plagiarism, i use copyscape premium service to check the articles before making it live in my website.

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    Michael Aulia @CravingTech.com

    Good post! I just submitted my feed for Copygator to watch. I found a blog auto-copying my feed last time and it’s been removed by Google but I wonder whether there are others that I don’t know of

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    Maninder Singh

    This will really help because these days RSS feeds are widely used by content scrappers to publish others content. If you are able to keep a watch on your RSS feeds thru copygator then your major job is done because copy-cats don’t prefer to go via manually copy paste route anymore.
    Thanx for your comment anyways.

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    admin

    That is excellent stuff man.. Thanks for updating us with such productive tool..

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    HackTik

    Thanx, you liked it.

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