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Top 3 Tips To Effectively Deal With Duplicate Content

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duplicate contentIf you are an online blogger, have websites and other content like e-magazines on the Internet then there are chances that you have encountered plagiarism. Duplicating content or plagiarism is rampant on the internet and many other content writers have had their content stolen or copied at least once. The stolen content is then posted on websites, blogs and forums without citing the author or giving credits to the original writer. Sometimes articles written by you are slightly altered, some main words are changed, but the overall content remains the same this is also duplication of content. Such instances are unpleasant but, may or may not harm your online reputation or domain authority. Fortunately, Google also dislikes plagiarism and penalizes sites with duplicate content. Have you been affected by sites and blogs duplicating your content? Is this affecting your website or blog’s popularity? Then seriously think of taking strict action against these copycat websites and blogs. There are several ways to prevent plagiarism and if it does occur then you can also get it removed from the websites. This blog will give you top 3 tips to effectively deal with duplicate content.

1. Find Out Whether Your Content Has Been Stolengoogle alerts

A simple tool to find out whether your content is being duplicated is the Google Alerts tool. It is easy to use and very effective. All you need to do is submit your articles and content to the Google Alerts and choose the types of websites that can possibly plagiarize your content. Then give your email and choose when to receive periodic alerts from Google.

Another option is to use Copyscape tool which is especially meant for people who post a lot of content. The basic free version is sufficient, all you need to do is type your URL in the box provided and the tool will show you which websites are duplicating your content.

DMCA2. Learn How To Remove The Duplicate Content

If duplicate content of your website has been detected on some other sites or blogs, then the best thing to do would be to contact the webmaster or owner of the site and request them to remove the plagiarized content. In such cases, the webmaster may chose to ignore your request or immediately remove the material. If the webmaster ignored your request then try to find out the web hosting company that is hosting the site. To find this information, visit the “who is hosting this” site and type the URL of the website that has copied your content. This site will provide you the name of the web hosting company. The web hosting company are more efficient when it comes to taking strict action against such offending sites. The host has the right to immediately take down the site without permission.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is another feature that helps to remove the duplicate content. However, it is complicated and a complaint can be filed under this act only if the website is ranking higher by posting your content. This method is effective to prevent content duplication in the present and in the future too. Google can easily ban the offending website from its search engine results. Some websites also make money out of your content by using Adwords; Google can shut down their Adwords Account permanently and not allow them to open another one.

3. Prevent Future Duplication Of Content

It is not easy to stop duplicate content from being posted online, but it can definitely be prevented. There are many ways to protect your content from being posted on other websites without a proper attribution. The simplest solution is to create a copyright warning notice and a ‘user terms and conditions’ page on your website. The copyright warning will convey to the readers that the content is yours and cannot be copied or reproduced in any way without your permission. The ‘user terms and conditions’ page can outline all the rules and regulations pertaining to copying and reproducing the content on the website and whether it can be posted with permission.

Google’s Search Authorship feature is useful to create credibility and authorship for your original content. You can create an Authorship account and link your content with this account. If your content is stolen and posted on unauthorized sites, then Google can easily verify the original author if you already have an Authorship account. Google will also ensure that your content gets ranked higher than the duplicate one.

These 3 tips have been found very useful to effectively deal with duplicate content, so what are you waiting for, get cracking and trap those content thieves.

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