How to Know Copied Content
Plagiarism and content theft are thriving all over the net and HubPages in no exception. Copied content is one of the most off-putting things to run across while browsing the net and encountering it in a fellow hubber's writing is most disappointing. Content theft is a good substitute for thinking, but it prevents a writer from improving his or her writing skill.
How to know copied content
There are a few things to keep in mind when you become a content thief.
- Your hubber score will never go beyond 80:
People who have an understanding of how hubber score works will know that you are most likely a content thief if your score is always in the 70s.
- The theme or thread of your topic is broken:
If you put your hub together by taking small snippets of text from various places on the net, it will most likely be inconsistent. This causes confusion in the reader.
- Parts of your hub stand out and are hard to make sense of:
If someone doesn't understand what they are reading, they may Google some parts of your text and immediately find the source page.
- Some sentences sound particularly good:
There is a reason why smart people are quoted. They say smart things. If you incorporate these things in your text without matching the style, they will stand out. People will simply not believe this insight comes from you.
Disadvantages of copied content
Stealing other people's property is generally frowned upon. It comes at a high price for the thief.
- Google will not rank your page and you will not get organic traffic. Making money off your hub is out of the question.
- You lose credibility with your reader. Worse than that, they will lose interest in you.
- Plagiarism is bad for your writing carrier.
- Producing original content requires thinking and reflection on your experiences. Copy-pasting does not require thinking, so you are deprived of the opportunity to improve your thinking and writing skills.
- When you get reported too often, you may get banned from what is widely known as your HubPages account.
How to avoid content copying
When you want to use something you read as source material for your hub
- take notes (jot down the main points in the article)
- make notes (record your own thoughts that come to you while reading)
- abandon the source (you've got the info you needed)
- reflect (think about what you've read)
Do you agree? Do you disagree? Why?
What would you add or take away? What would you correct?
How does your life experience relate to this topic?
What are alternatives or other examples of what you've read?
How does the topic correlate to other areas of life?
What is there to see in the grand scheme of things?
What is the original authors main theme? What's yours?
What do you want to achieve?
So on. There are a myriad of way you can come at it.
- Compose your piece
If you feel that experiencing research and writing has given you something, it was probably worth your while. Sure you write for an audience, but first and foremost you write for yourself.
How to prevent content theft
To find out more about the important issue of online plagiarism, read these extremely useful hubs:
- Online Plagiarism - Stop Others from Stealing Your Content
Is your online content being stolen? Sadly online plagiarism is a big problem because it is so easy to cut and paste online text and images. Learn how to detect online plagiarism, how to identify online plagiarizers, as well as how to report and stop
- My Content was Copied: What Do I Do About Duplicate Content
Anything that you write on the internet is capable of being copied. I mean, yea you can code your website so that users cannot highlight and copy the content, but that doesn't rule out the "PrintScreen"...
How to deal with content thieves
Let me commit the heresy of saying content thieves are not necessarily bad people. They shouldn't be reported without having been warned beforehand. Content theft doesn't count among those major sins whereby people should be stoned or quartered or whatever. My suggestion is when you encounter someone who apparently commited plagiarism, you might want to talk to the individual and ask them to undo their mistake before you go about hitting the report button.