I decided to write this post because of something that has happened to me recently. Because of the success I’ve been having with this blog, Make Money Online Free, there’s a certain person that has decided to copy a lot of my content. Thanks to one of my blogger friends, I was alerted that the same exact copy of my article was found on this person’s blog. On doing some more research, I saw that this person also had several other posts of mine copied, apparently she’s been doing this for a while.
I contacted her in a very civil manner even though I was pissed about it and asked her to remove my content. She did so, and apologized claiming she had no idea that it was copied content because she was “paying someone to create content” for her. Ok. I didn’t buy it, but I accepted her apology. She even gave me a name and where she found this person that she was “paying” for content. I contacted him, and he told me he had no idea what I was talking about. At the time, I couldn’t take any action against either party because how could I tell who was lying or not. It would just be based on a gut feeling. So I let it go.
Some time after, while browsing around visiting some of my blogger friends, I randomly click on a link to another blogger’s profile. A completely different name than the person who first copied my content.
Imagine my surprise when I read their About Me section, and see .. well basically.. about ME! Why would someone copy my “about me” section? Is it that hard for someone to come up with something about themselves? Do they have no personality that they feel the need to copy the personality of someone else?
If you aren’t sure about which section I’m talking about, this is my “about me” on blogger.
I’m just me. I’m a regular 22 year old girl. Always ready to have fun. Loveeee to dance! Crazy about music. I’m very approachable and always willing to help. Currently interested in making some cash online without spending a cent. Let’s see how I do a year from now Anything else you’d like to know.. drop a line!
Now this person had exactly the same as above, word for word, same amount of “e’s” in “Loveeee” just their age changed. She’s older than I am. And you would think she’d know better.
Again, I contacted the owner, at the time not knowing it was the same person as before, and asked her to take it down. She didn’t. While visiting a few of her blogs and seeing her referral links lead to the same person’s as before, it clicked. This was the same person that copied my content previously, just using a different name.
Honestly, I find it sort of amusing. So I’m guessing she also “paid this person to create her blogger profile”. *eyeroll*
Oh and incase I forget to mention, this person also got busted for copying someone else’s content on a different site of hers a while after she was found to copy mine.
So the question comes about.. my dear blogger friends, what do you do when someone copies your content?
Yes I said when and not “if” because if you’re serious about blogging, then trust me, it WILL happen to you. There are so many lazy people out there that refuse to write their own original content so they use the copy/paste function whenever they can.
So being a target of copied content, I would like to inform my readers on steps you can take when this happens to you. The more informed and prepared you are, the better the chances of you dealing with it.
So what can you do when someone steals your content?
Well there are ALOT of things to do!
First of all, keep your cool and try your best to be professional. Talking from experience, I can understand that you would be extremely annoyed, however, I suggest contacting the person and calmly asking them to remove your content. Some people steal and couldn’t care less. Even if the response you get is unprofessional (like the comment I received on this blog that was rejected after I asked that my content be removed), you be the bigger person.
Blogger takes copying content seriously as they do not want to risk getting sued. By filling out this online form to report a blogger blog, you can provide more details on the blog that has copied content and have them take a look at it.
There are also several other actions you can take when dealing with copied content. Since this blog is focused on making money online, I will not be going into all of them, however I’ve found a very detailed and informative article that is definitely worth your read if you’re into the blogging world.
Please visit What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content for more information.
It’s a saying that imitation is the best form of flattery, however sometimes, you can’t let thieves get away after they’ve committed a crime and justice must be served.
To all my bloggers out there that have originality in their content, more power to you!