Writing Online - How to find out if your Article’s been Stolen

Recently I did a few checks to see if some articles were being copied and sadly I found a few. Some writers submit work that is not theirs and some just come to a site to copy someone else’s hard work, and share their Adsense earnings.

I believe there is software for this, but I will quickly show you the quickest way to do it.

How to find out.

1) Select a long sentence or two of the article you want to check.

2) Copy it.

3) Go to Google (google.co.uk) and click on “Advanced Search” (just outside the search box)

4) Copy the selected text into the box that states "this exact wording or phrase".

5) Click on Search. (See below for illustration).

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After the Search...

a) If only one article comes up, then that must be yours and no one has copied it.

b) If several come up, take a deep breath, don’t shout at the computer . ٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶ Open up the links to double check the whole article was copied word for word.

Note below, the article has been copied. On research, the article was published by someone in 2006 and someone copied it and published it on another website in January 2011 – Word for Word. Also, someone copied and published it to Ezinearticles.

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Search Results...

c) Next, make note of who stole/copied your article. (name/website)

d) Inform Google and fill in complaint form: http://www.google.com/adsense_dmca.html.

e) Inform the website of where it was published so they remove it.

f) Count from 1,000 backwards to avoid getting too angry.

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                    ☆•* All is still well with the Universe – It Happens.

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Freya Cesare profile image

Freya Cesare 5 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Wow! That's really helpful. Thank you very much! ^^


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psychicdog.net 5 years ago

Nice tip. I had an article on the Dalia Lama's tips for living which was everywhere on the net. Was I copying? I thought the tips were so prevalent that I surely could not be duplicating content; just spreading the Dalia Lama's spiritual teachings! Surely this was an exception, I thought but you know what I deleted the work.


Andrewgee 5 years ago

Psychicdog - actually you can use someonoe else's material as long as you are 1) honest 2) use the quote marks things 3) add other comments. make sure that your quotes are no more than 8% of the whole length IMHO and then say how you could impliment them, what you think of them, what others might say etc.. In other words debate them.

Second up, I put a link to where my article will appear at the foot of the article as a hard html link. So, in wordpress, I will use the permalink for that page and copy it to the bottom of my post with the word 'permalink' before it, then I highlight the link, clikc the link button and copy the link in too. Since most of the stolen information is from scapers they don't seem to remove links, and where they do my html original is still there. So as google crawls over that scraper site they find attribution to me. so if I get an article scraped many times I get many links. and at worse, if someone reads that article they have a good chance of tracking my site.


paulgc 5 years ago

Excellent tip.

Unfortunately people will steal others work and as such I try really hard to protect my photographs from illegal copying, however, there is only so much I can do.

The best we can do is report those who we discover is stealing our work.

Thanks for sharing.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

This is a great way to check. Thanks so much for writing this. Guess I will go and check some of mine now.


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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

I found a couple,thanks Lady_E.;)


mikeq107 5 years ago

Thanks Lena :0)

Very good information, had never though of doing that...so guess what I,m of to do :0)

Later

Mike :0)


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks so much for your comments everyone. I appreciate you stopping by and I am glad you found it useful.

@Mentalist Acer - Sorry to know you found a few, but at least you are now aware and can complain to Google.

Take Care...


Jo Ann 5 years ago

Great article, Lady_E.

Over time, I have used that same method to find that some of my content was copied (stolen) word for word - with my links stripped from them. But for the most part they are usually left intact.

You feel like blasting someone for doing that, or reporting it as you suggested, but I have heard a lot of people say that it really isn't worth the hassle. Anyone who is too lazy to even re-write articles they steal from others (let alone write their own) probably won't be around long enough to do that much damage anyway.

Jo Ann


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katrinasui 5 years ago

Wow! I did know that it is so simple. Thanks for the useful hub.


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Good information Elena. Thank you.

Cheers


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

Great information, thanks for sharing.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Thank you for this very informative hub. I'm getting started right now. Thanks so much! rated up.


jdove-miller 5 years ago

Good looking out, Lady E. Thanks.


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Thank you for the helpful guide as to how one may learn if their online writing is being stolen. How sad others do such things. I appreciate your tools of defense. Thanks so much.

My Mom is doing okay, working hard to get better everyday. Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers. :) Katie


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How to - Answers 5 years ago from Ireland

Great hub and useful. I will use your suggestion above to make sure non of my work has been stolen too. thanks.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks again everyone for commenting. Don't you just wish you could sue the pants off them....

@Jo Ann Thanks for confirming it's a tool you have been using and find it useful.


spotlight19 5 years ago

Hello elena thanks for the advice it sounds useful and I hope that does not happen to me.


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Laura du Toit 5 years ago from South Africa

Thanks Lady E - just found someone who copied my poem on emotional abuse. Must Is it necessary to report to Google or should I give the person a chance to remove the porm from the website?


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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan

Thanks LadyE, you are so helpful. I will have to check if any of my articles have been copied. Thanks a bunch!


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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for such easy and useful help.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks everyone for your kind comments

@Laura - they won't take it down unless you send a message or comment on it. (then they might). I personally think it's best reporting them to the site because chances are that they have copied from a lot of people - which will not look good for the website.

Sometimes, when stuff is copied, our article can be flagged as duplicate content when the fault isn't ours. So, it's best to cover yourself by informing Google. They could disable their Adsense too.


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Royalmark 5 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

You again!

Let's get plagiarists off our back...

Nice article once again

Informative indeed!!!


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StayPos 5 years ago from Florida, USA

Great Hub Lady_E!

An early Spartan sage(think the movie 300!) named Chilon once said " Know thyself " . This saying was applied to those whose boasts exceeded who they were.

Anyone who blatantly takes words from others and claims them as their own is a very sad example of that today!


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Guyana Masala 5 years ago from New Jersey

"Quidquid bene dictum est ab ullo, meum est." ~Seneca.

Basically 'anything good said by others, is mine'. I think Seneca said it best, but gracious, who would think it was quite so literal. (LOL) Awesome advise.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks everyone. Glad you found it useful and thanks for your kind comments.

@Guyana lol. I like Seneca.


Gail Cavanaugh 5 years ago

Great investigation. I never thought to check this.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Wow great advice Lady_E, thanks for sharing. Some people have no scruples and we need to do something about it if we can! Vote up and useful.


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Wrath Warbone 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

Very helpful. Thanks much.


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Wrath Warbone 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

I just found two of my hubs have copied in part and posted at other sites where I did not recieve credits as author. It is kind of irritating somehow but I am not going to take any action. In a way, it is flattering. lol. Thanks. You sleuth method is quick and easy.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

@ Wrath Warbone - Aaaawh, sorry to hear that. I have to admit a large percentage of our articles are copied. I'm sure mine have been too. I think it was last year, an alarm was raised because lots of HP articles were found on another site - HP helped intervene. (Maddie). I saw mine there too.

Ps. You will notice poems on my poem blog are getting shorter. I've done that because of people who copy.

Thanks for stopping.

Take care. :)


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Filou 5 years ago from Germany

I have written quite a lot of articles in German language in the past and i noticed that this is a very common problem in the english language. Maybe it is due to the fact that there are a lot of programs available on the market which automaticaly change words with synonyms or spin paragraphs.

I hope we can soon get rid of such problems.

Thank you for that article.


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Urban Blink 5 years ago from New York. NY

Very useful article. I'm a photographer and your article inspired me to look for ways to see if my images have been stolen. Just in case any of your readers add images and want to know, I've started using www.tineye.com for reverse image searching.

Thanks again.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

** Filou - Thanks for stopping.

** Urban Blink - Thanks for the kind comments and shared link. Best Wishes.


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful hub, and it is very useful. Thank You very much precious heart. God Bless You.


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Nicole378 5 years ago from Lubbock

That is great advice, thanks for sharing!


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

** Stars439 - Glad you found it useful. Regards.

** Nicole - Thanks. Glad you stopped by. G/Luck.


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globehouse 5 years ago

Very useful information...your honesty , as a writer , shines through. Thanks


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks so much Globehouse. :)


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Royalmark 5 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Hi! What's the name of your poem blog? Would love to visit it.

I just launched my blog on June 1st with a free ebook titled 'The Secret Behind the Ticking Clock'... You must love it *no jokes*... you know where to find it

Longest time... Missed you


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Mark, Nice to hear from you again. I thought you were busy running for Presidency in Nigeria.

My poem blog is; http://goldenpenuk.wordpress.com/

Good luck with the book. I must check it out.

Stay blessed. :)


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Royalmark 5 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

Lol... Say what?

I'm not a political animal yet. :-)

Thanks to you for the well wish.

My blog is hhtp://www.aboutmyway.com and the book is on the resources page.


kims3003 5 years ago

Very well written hub with great information. You have a nice writing style as well. Glad I came across your hubs - looking forward to reading more.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks so much Kims3003.

Good luck with writing online.


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seriousnuts 5 years ago from Philippines

Hi Lady_E,

Thanks for sharing this. I have experienced a couple of my hubs being copied and published somewhere else. Luckily, I found about this early and had them removed by Google immediately. I had found out about the duplicate contents by just Googling my username. I still don't know how I found out about the plagiarism by just Googling my name as one of the offenders didn't even include a byline. I will try your tips, as we know that not all duplicate contents use the same title with the original article, and of course my name in the byline.

Concise yet helpful hub. Voted up and rated useful.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Serious nuts - I am glad you found out and took action. I think this is why Google takes months to give people Adsense accounts these days.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

Good luck with writing online.


Trepurt47 5 years ago

Thanks to the other Hubbers who have done a wonderful job.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK Author

Hello Trepurt.


Textured Ideas 5 years ago

I took your advice and checked and was suprised to find some of my content had been stolen. I have contacted the website and am now waiting for a response. I found this website incredibly helpful to add to your advice: http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2006/04/10/what-do-yo...

Thanks for the informative hub!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

Hi Textured Ideas - I missed this comment.

Sorry to read about what happened but I am glad you reported it. You can also inform Google - I think they have started deactivating adsense accounts of such people.

Good Luck.


Textured Ideas 4 years ago

Thankyou Lady_E. I emailed the website and they took it down after my request. Good info about informing Google I will try that if it happens again, but does that apply just to HubPages or any external website? Many thanks.


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icciev 4 years ago from Kuwait

never thought that I could actually check if someone is copying my articles then beeing able to do anything against him.. thanks for the information.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

** Hi Textured ideas - Thanks for the feedback. Regarding if it applies to external websites...f they have no Google Ads then, no need to report to Google. You could just report to the website.

** Thanks icciev - Glad you found it useful and good luck with Writing Online.


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Anamika S 4 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

This is much easier than the Software. I found many of my copied articles this way too. Anyways, Thanks for sharing!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

Cheers Anamika - such a pity you found your articles copied. Hope you reported them and they have taken them off the sites. Take care...


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makusr 4 years ago from India

Lady_E,

Greetings from MAKUSR. Thanks for very informative article.

Lots of Love,

MAKUSR


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Makusr

I am glad you found it useful.

Best Wishes, Elena :)


Duchess OBlunt 4 years ago

Good tip Lady_E. I`m going to check some of mine out now. Not sure there is anything worth stealing - but then who knows what people like.

Thanks!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Duchess - I am glad you found it interesting but deep down, hoping you don't find any stolen articles.

Best Wishes.


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easylearningweb 4 years ago

Good hub, Lady_E! I will bookmark this one just in case I need to check as well. Thanks! :-)


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks easylearningweb

I'm glad you will bookmark it. It's cheaper than buying the software to check.

Take care.


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Emma Harvey 4 years ago from Berkshire, UK

I wanted to do a check so will try this out. Thanks for the info :)


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

Cheers Emma

I hope you find it useful.

Thanks for stopping. :-)


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Thanks for the info. I'll do this now. Voted up and thanks for SHARING.


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Anjili 4 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

Now that was helpful. I should give it a try to test some of my hubs. Good work. Keep up with it Lady_E.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@Thelma Alberts ~ Thanks for stopping. Best Wishes.

@Anjili - Hi Anjili, it's a useful tool but I hope you don't find too many of your articles out there.


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lezsaysit 4 years ago from New York, NY

This is very useful for writers and the safety of their published work online. Thanks!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@lezsaysit Thanks. I am glad you found it useful and hope you enjoy publishing online. Regards, Elena.


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easylearningweb 4 years ago

Lady_E...do you think we should all be including copyright symbol and info on our articles? I wonder if this would sway others from copying content on other sites?


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@easylearningweb - Hi, that's a good idea and some Hubbers already do that. They also add a disclaimer. It's worth doing, I might even start it too......but people who copy don't seem to bother.

Good idea though. Thanks.


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ThisisShe 4 years ago

Thanks for the tip. I am always careful about making sure my content is 100% unique and I never EVER publish my poetry online because that 8is near and dear to my heart and I couldn't bear if someone tried to steal it. I will make sure to check up on my writing every so often and maybe it will also make me more confident in sharing my creative works.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@ThisisShe - I'm glad you found it useful and I understand your point. I have a poetry blog but because it has 60,000 views, I have started cutting down on publishing. lol. I think to myself, "where do all the readers come from?" and it's not Adsense linked. Thanks for stopping. :-)


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Etherealenigma 4 years ago from Florida

I'm glad I found this. Now I can bookmark it.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@Etherealenigma Thanks. I am glad you found it useful. Best Wishes.


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LizzieRoss72 4 years ago from Cheshire

Really helpful, thank you. People stealing stuff was always my biggest obstacle to writing on line in the first place. But if it can be easily located / delat with, then thats great.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK Author

@LizzieRoss - I'm glad it can be dealt with too. Some people put hours into publishing articles and it's a shame that others not only steal it, but get the Adsense payment for it too. Good to see you again. Thanks.


Lybrah 3 years ago

Good to know. I'm going to try that right now.


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK Author

Thanks Lybrah

I'm glad you found it useful.


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Perspycacious 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

Worth pointing to again. Thanks for the clear presentation. I share your hope that this helps writers crack down on thieves.


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK Author

@Perspycacious - Thanks. I'm glad you found it useful and good luck.


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Becca's Blog 3 years ago from A Cornfied in the Midwest

How do you figure out the %8 rule? I try not give the gist of a quote when I want to use it, but sometimes the quote just needs to be shared to make your point.


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Lady_E 3 years ago from London, UK Author

Becca, I'm not sure what you mean by the 8% rule, but I appreciate you stopping by.

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