I’ve seen a bit of chuntering in cyberspace over recent weeks about people stealing blog posts, and lifting copy etc from websites, and how-would-you-ever-know type wailings. After all, images can (and should) be watermarked, but what about the text? I’ve not seen anyone mention Copyscape, so I thought it would be good to let you all know about this fantabulous website…
Copyscape is an oh-SO-simple (but genius) site. You simply add either the URL of your page, or else paste in a chunk of text, and press Go. Copyscape will then beetle off all over t’interwebs and come back and tell you if anyone has copied your fine words. It’ll even find your content which has been plagiarised, letting you know when someone has taken the basics of your text and simply re-jigged them a bit.
Basic searches are on a page URL for free (choose individual posts rather than your home page), or you can pay for the Premium option, which is about 4p a search (5 cents) which allows you lots of extra options.
It is totally worth it – you’d be astounded how many people are copying the content of some of the more popular blog posts, especially those ranking highly in niche markets.
(*pauses for dramatic effect*)
Well. And this is a case in point. Just today, as I was writing this article, I did a couple of checks on my husbands Pregnancy Photography site…
See all the text highlighted pink in that picture? That’s how much of my own, carefully thought out, crafted, key word rich text has been used. Word for word. Oh, and while I was there? I saw he’s using FIVE of my husbands images in ‘his’ gallery too.
Copyscape picked up a further THREE ‘professional’ photographers’ websites who have stolen chunks of text from his site.
So. *taps nose*
Top Tip of the Day – stop website theft and plagiarism.
(and no, Copyscape didn’t pay us for this. I just LOVE them, and feel more people should know about them)