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For Writers: How to prevent plagiarism

Sorry it took me this long. Work and all that.

 

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so very broadly, plagiarism is when one person uses another person’s creative work (music, video, painting, writing and so on) without properly crediting the orignal creator of the work. Okay I made that up (it applies to written works). It is a bad thing because it makes people feel annoyed (to see their work being “stolen”). It is also bad because people could lose money blah blah blah.

 

You’re here because you want to stop it. And I’ll tell you how in exchange for $200 and your soul free because I like you 🙂

Now there are two methods I use:

___________ THE FREE METHOD___________

I use a tool on my wordpress website called Tynt Insight.

 

It’s really simple if you have a self-hosted wordpress-enabled website- just install the plugin from the store.

 

This is how it works:  whenever text is copied from your page, it automatically inserts a copyright notice AND a backlink to your site. If it’s pasted anywhere, the end user should  get a link to your site. No matter how many times it’s pasted. If you have pingbacks enabled, you’ll totally get a notification.

 

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Secondly, I set up alerts on Tynt insight, to give me a summary of WHAT got copied from my website. That can help me know what is attractive to content thieves, and what to search for. This works most of the time but I know some people use robotic scrapers that lift your entire page including html. How on earth do you stop that, right?

 

The third step I use is that I run portions of my copied content through a plagiarism checker. There are many free plagiarism checkers (they usually have a word limit like 1500 words per search) but they’re quite good at spotting similar content across the web. Some examples are:

plagscan , grammarlysmallseotools (just search for free plagiarism checkers)

 

This is how they work: they have scrapers and crawlers that just check through google’s cache at rapid rates. If anything is substantially similar to something else on the internet, you see a link to that page. It helps even when someone stole your story and changed the names. Because it finds similarities, it can help YOU to avoid looking like a content thief too 🙂 [and more importantly, it helps you to find who’s stealing from you so you can take them down]

 

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**I think this search worked so well because of the presence of quotation marks. search engines will trace exactly whatever is enclosed inside quotation marks. It’s good news for writers especially those who do prose. Plagiarists will find it hard 😀

follow the link

 

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voila!

so in summary:

  1. Get Tyt Insight plugin and follow the signup instructions
  2. Use what got copied to search for the thieving website
  3. Contact the offender and let them know the game is up.

 

 

______________ THE EASY METHOD _______________________

There’s another method that’s a lot more gangsta than the free method. It automatically detects when your content is stolen; it can even show you the WHOIS information (the name, address and phone number of whoever registered the website). You could set it up to check periodically and simply tell you the results.

 

But it’s not free. On the Envato market (themeforest) the plugin is $17USD. I suggest you go download it if you like convenience as much as I do

 

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Or you can pay me to set it up for you. I kinda enjoy some of these side-projects 🙂  Email me on editor @ohpeter.com

 

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