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”.
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.
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.
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.
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