So, let’s be honest and admit that copycats are the worst. I mean, we put so much effort into creating quality content only for it to be replicated (illegally) by someone else. It’s the worst, right? I hated it when I was in kindergarten and people would copy me and I hate it (even more) as an adult when people copy my work. And I get it, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. However, it’s different when someone is copying your content that you worked really hard on versus someone buying the same Gucci belt or Tory Burch sandals (can you tell that those are two of my fav products? lol) as yours.
So, what do you do when you see someone copying your content? How do you combat plagiarism? How do you deal with stolent content?
stay calm and do not aggressively confront them
Kinda hard to do when your work is being stolen, but you must stay calm. Seriously. If you contact the person who has taken your content in a rude and aggressive way, they will react the same way and nothing will get solved. Fighting fire with fire has never worked out, so let’s not start now. I was going to elaborate on this point but then I realized that that really should not be neccessary. And if it is then we are in big trouble! Secondly…
make sure you have clear and concise evidence that they’re copying off of you
Yup. Guys, if they have a similar title and completely different content, relax. If they have the same content (but possibly different title) or if they have very, very similar content with a few different words mixed in in an attempt to make it not look like it was copied right from your site — start figuring out how you are going to approach them. Neil Patel has a great article in which he provides us readers with 5 easy ways to find and remove content and I highly recommend giving it a read. He is very insightful! However, you can better understand whether or not your work has been plagarized or copied if you decide to…
use plagarism-checking tools + sites
Thank God for the Internet, right? If you suspect that someone has copied your content, simply use a plagiarism-checking tool to see! These websites will ask you to enter your URL and in return, the site will search to see if any of your content is being copied/plagiarized. Cool, right?
that’s my attempt at providing you all with some comedic relief 😉 you’re welcome.
Here are a few websites you can use to see if others are copying your content —
- small seo tools
- plagiarism checker by grammarly
- dupli checker
- plagiarism detector
calmy, collectively, and professionally address them
Major emphasis on “calmly, collectively, and professionally.” Seriously. Most people do not like confrontation, especially when they know they’re in the wrong and get caught. So, to make things less tense and awkward, be sure that you a) know for a fact that they have copied your content and b) address them in a polite and calm manner. Aggressively attacking them will only result in more issues and you’re less likely to get your way, in that they will most likely not delete the content or even be open to having a mature conversation with you.
Also, keep in mind that you will want to present the evidence in a nice way, too. This isn’t an interrogation scene from Law & Order, so do all of this in a nice way. Because it’s embarrassing getting caught, nobody likes it. So, keep that in mind as you attempt to have your content removed from their site(s). Also, remember that the goal isn’t to hurt aybody’s feelings, make enemies or make yourself look bad. Nope. The goal is to get your content back. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less.
download content-protecting plugins
In one of my posts awhile back, I briefly mentioned content-protecting plugins when I talked about the 13 plugins that all bloggers and content creators need to download and use. That said, if you’re a WordPress.org user, I highly recommend using a content-protecting plugin so that people cannot copy (and then paste) your content from your blog/page to another. In other words, people cannot right-click on your content or images and either save or paste them. Go ahead and try to right-click on this post’s content. See what happens? Nice, I know.
a screenshot of my screen when i try to right-click the content (not the pinnable images) from my blog post
The only way that my images can be saved is if somebody saves the image to Pinterest using the pin button that appears when someone hovers over the images.
So, here are some plugins (for WP users) that I recommend looking into downloading —
- wp content copy protection & no right click
- wp content copy protection
- fantastic content protector free
- wp content copy protection with color design
- content copy protection & prevent image save
- secure copy content protection
- tg copy protection
- website copy protection
- copyproof website
- wp content protection
add a watermark to your images
You can easily do this using Canva (my favorite), Photoshop (not free, though!), PicMonkey, or pretty much any other picture editing website/platform. Here are a few examples of cutely and discreetly watermarked images (these photos are not mine) —
If you want to know how to make a watermark for your images, email me and I can walk you through the basic steps!
Other things you can do if you’re dealing with stolen content —
- request that your images be credited; get licensed | read more here!
- file a formal dmca notice/complaint | read more here!
Have you ever had your content stolen or plagiaroized? I have and it’s the worst! Let me know how you dealt with it in the comment section below.
sharing is caring! share this post on pinterest using the two pinnable pins above so others can access this post too
Thanks so much for reading, ya’ll! Love to you all and happy, happy blogging 😘😘