Don’t Shoot Yourself in the Foot, or Plagiarize!
Having quality internet content is very important, as we discussed here. How do you know when you’ve gone too far though? Well, when you start plagiarizing, you’ve gone too far. Not only is plagiarism illegal, but it will get your website sent to the dark pages. Let us educate you on plagiarism.
What is plagiarism?
Plagiarism is copying someone else’s words and ideas and publishing it as your own. It’s really easy to do. All you need to know is how to copy and paste. Even if you aren’t copying and pasting, writing content that very closely resembles another’s content and ideas can also be considered plagiarism.
Will anyone even find out?
You may think that nobody will notice, and nobody will ever even find out. One thing I want to you know right now is that the internet knows when you plagiarize. It knows as soon as your website is indexed. Google, yahoo, Bing, and all of the other search engines know where the content appeared first, and whether or not you copied it.
How do I avoid plagiarizing?
Maybe you came across some really great content or ideas that you want to share with your readers. Well, how do you write about it without plagiarizing? Here are some simple steps to follow.
- Educate yourself. Learn about the topic from many different resources. Take notes, listen to audios, and read read read! Learn as much about it as you can. This will allow you to write about it from your own knowledge base.
- Write out an outline. Writing can be tough, and is easier to do when you have an outline put together. After you have studied the topic, look at your notes and pen a rough outline of the content or article.
- Write the content without looking at any of the resources you used to educate yourself. When you are looking at other articles on the same topic, it is tempting to copy their language, content, and outlines. Once you educate yourself, and put together an outline, you need to write it on your own. This will ensure that the language is authentic.
What do I do now?
The best way to get started it to just start writing. Become a great writer takes practice. Lots of practice. In order to be a great content writer without plagiarizing, you need to develop your skill. A great way to do this is to write about things that you are knowledgeable about, and passionate about. This will give you an example you can use to gauge your future writing and see if it passes the authentication test. If you read your work, and it sounds like you, that is a good start. It is worth taking a few extra minutes to have quality, original content. If you need help, don’t be afraid to contact us for some tips.