We all want quality content on our websites, and this will take time and expense on our part. Looking at a blank website can feel overwhelming. Some feel, “What’s the harm from borrowing someone else’s content?” This type of thinking is wrong that I don’t know where to start. Let’s begin with the basics.
What is Plagiarism?
Simply put, plagiarism is stealing. Someone makes a decision that they like someone else’s blog post, website, or article. At this point, they may begin to reason that there is no harm in using the content for their website, and it won’t look so empty. To make things worse, they take it to the next level and copy and paste it to their website. There is a danger in this form of plagiarism.
Is It So Wrong?
Yes!!! You are taking someone’s material and claiming it as yours. You are misleading those who read your blog posts into thinking that you have written it and are as skilled as the person who wrote it. Need more reasons as to why it’s wrong to plagiarize content?
1. Those who wrote the material have taken time away from family, friends, and recreation to write content for their website visitors.
2. You’re stealing something that isn’t yours.
3. If you felt it was ok, you would have asked the website owner to use their material word for word.
4. If you were capable of writing, you would be writing your own material.
5. When the writer of your plagiarized content sees what you have done, they will have a rush of emotions running from frustration and hurt to anger. Ask anyone who has ever faced this situation.
6. It’s not honorable. On some level, everyone knows it’s wrong when they copy and paste plagiarized material.
7. You rob yourself of the satisfaction that comes from writing quality content.
8. Those who visit your website think that it is a given that you wrote the material.
9. There is, has never been, and will never be an excuse for plagiarism.
10. It’s crucial to use your own voice when writing website content. Use another’s content, and you are using their voice and not yours.
Why Am I So Passionate About Virtual Plagiarism?
I have been the victim of plagiarism. In the past, I have had whole blog posts, copied and pasted to someone else’s website. It was usually a bot, using the content to drive others to their website for affiliate ad traffic. Needless to say, this is just as wrong and a shady method used to make money. Just a note, even if you take another’s website content and spin it, you’re still practicing plagiarism.
What If I See Something That I Like on Your Website?
Give credit to the author. We all quote from other sources on our Facebook pages, and we give credit to the source. Want an example? To make it pure and simple, say exactly who made the statement that you are quoting from.
“I think almost every newspaper in the United States has lost circulation due to the Internet. I also think the Internet will lead to a lot of plagiarism in journalism.” Will McDonough
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