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Do you write steal worthy content? 3 good Reasons why you should create content worth copying

Updated on June 13, 2017
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Anamika S Jain is a Social Media Consultant who handles the FaceBook, Twitter and Blog of a top Bollywood Actress.

Writing Good Content which attracts Content Scrapers and Plagiarists

Is your content worth stealing? If it is not, then you should start writing steal worthy content. Confused? You think I have gone mad? I have my reasons for saying so.

What does it mean to write content worth copying? Steal worthy content just means good content which is appealing to those who see them.It means creating content which provides great value to your readers and is worthy of being stolen. It means writing articles or blog posts which are appealing to content thieves. Writing such content means that you have succeeded in doing your job with those who see them.

Content theft is becoming a huge problem to writers these days. It is sad to see Content thieves stealing the work which has taken us a considerable amount of research and efforts. Content Thieves can be divided in two categories, content scrapers and plagiarists. Content scrapers are those who steal posts from other people and republish it on their blog using tools like the Auto Blogged WordPress plugin which allows one to scrap content from the RSS feeds of others and insert it into their blog. Most of the time, the content scrapers also would steal your bandwidth by displaying the images on your site on theirs which is also a serious issue. Content scrapers display ads on their Blog so that they can make some quick buck with other peoples content. Most of the times they also link back to the source hoping that no action is taken against them by the real owners.However,Writers are more or less unaffected because of the duplicate content detection system which would rank the original content above the stolen one. Because of this, it may not affect the visibility of the content.

Plagiarists are those who partially or fully steal your content and publish it in their websites or blogs without giving you credit. While some plagiarists may apologize and remove your content when you notify them about it, some may not respond to you and continue stealing content as it is their birth right. However, writers are protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) which allows one to send a notice about the content theft to his revenue partners like Google and the web host who can take appropriate action against the content thief. Sometimes, sending a DMCA notice may just do the trick and the thief may remove your content from the site. But sometimes, one has to resort to legal action against the plagiarist for removal of content and damages.

Now that I have given a brief explanation of content theft and content thieves, I am sure that you are wondering why I am saying that we should publish content worth stealing. Given below are my reasons why it is beneficial to create good content worth copying.

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Benefits of writing good content worth stealing

Why should you Create Steal Worthy Content? What are the benefits of writing such content? Given below are my reasons to write steal worthy content.

1) Content worth stealing can give you an ego boost. It is a proof that you are successful as a writer. Good content not only attract content thieves, it is also a winner with everyone. When you write content which appeals to content thieves, you are also providing great value to your readers. Good content attracts organic links and also earns you name, fame and money through social media mentions. If you write good content, you may also get hired by people who need good content writers for their websites or blogs. Personally, it is my writing and contacts with the entertainment industry which got me the Ghost Blogging job for a top Bollywood Celebrity apart from handling the facebook and twitter accounts on behalf of the celebrity. I keep getting so many such offers that I have decided to undergo the social media manager training.

2) Content worth stealing can get you noticed by those who matters. A few months back I found some of my content been stolen by a religious website and contacted the site through the contact form. The website owner immediately got back to me using my phone number in the form. He apologized and informed me that he was not aware of the situation as he had hired some writers to do the writing. He assured me that the content would be removed immediately. He was a spiritual guru. As we talked, he was impressed by my knowledge that he invited me to his ashram. He offered me the job of writing content for his website, translation of his book in regional language to English and promotion of his site through social media. Similarly, I have got many freelance writing offers after I notified of content theft. I often put bait telling that if he/she wishes I can write content at a price. Another incident happened a week back. I was looking for a product review and found a scraper site which had stolen the content from a review site. I informed the owner of the site by leaving a comment on his post. The owner emailed to thank me and offered the job of editor and promoter of his site with a profit share. Next time you spot stolen content, make sure that you notify the owner, who knows you could get lucky like me.

3) Sometimes content theft can be a quick way of minting money for the actual writer. I have known many people who have ended up paying a high price for stealing the content of others, apart from being looked down by others. By talking the short cut of stealing content, the content thief sometimes ruins his own reputation. It is not a pleasant experience to be viewed by others as a thief. Many content thefts may not get noticed and the thief may roam around Scot free. But sometimes the thieves end up paying damages and losing their revenue source as a result of the deed.

So, have I convinced you that writing steal worthy content can be beneficial? Do you have an experience to share on this regard? Feel free to add them through comments.

© 2012 Anamika S Jain


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  • FlourishAnyway profile image


    6 years ago from USA

    I like your style. Strive to be worth emulating. Voted up and more.

  • Deepak Chaturvedi profile image

    Deepak Chaturvedi 

    7 years ago from New Delhi, India

    Shared and voted up.

  • barbergirl28 profile image

    Stacy Harris 

    7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    This is a definate different take on content theft. I have to say, you drive some very big points across! :) But now that I think about it, when one of my articles was stolen I did feel a bit of pride... until I read how well they stole it and it just made my article not make sense. But yes - it is a compliment - it means we are good. Great and interesting hub!

  • jainismus profile image

    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    7 years ago from Pune, India

    Interesting Hub, thank you for sharing.

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    Danson Wachira 

    7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

    I agree creating informative "buzzy" articles is the key to attracting readers and generating traffic. The readers will always want to "steal" your article. Voted up.

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    Timothy Arends 

    7 years ago from Chicago Region

    Well, that's one way of looking on the bright side when someone steals your content LOL! I usually don't bother trying to contact thieves because most of them don't have money and it usually takes less time simply to write another good article!

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    Mr Love Doctor 

    7 years ago from Puerto Rico

    I've never worried too much about content theft because I write so fast, I keep ahead of the thieves! They take my stuff, I just write more and they steal it too. I write for the fun of it anyway, so if more eyeballs come to me, the better. I figure at least people see it here or wherever I post it first. Eventually I'm going to link some articles over to a Kindle e-book and then we'll see what's what.

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    Maree Michael Martin 

    8 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

    I love your title most of all, makes us stop and think, puts that mystery in there, we gotta read it. Very wonderful hub too, thanks for all the useful information.

  • JGoul profile image


    8 years ago

    The ego boost thing is definitely true. Someone stole one of my early hubs, I think it was “Experience Makes You Old, Not Right.” I was like the girl who’s having a bad hair day until she gets a wolf whistle from a construction crew – I was so mad, I… told everyone I knew.

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    Cynthia Calhoun 

    8 years ago from Western NC

    Great hub! Though I never like knowing my content has been copied, I've often thought that it was a form of flattery and I don't freak out that badly when I DO find copied content - I know that my original hub won't get outranked and I always put my copyright into my hubs as sort of "insurance". :) Thanks for sharing this.

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    Mike Pugh 

    8 years ago from New York City

    This is a very useful hub indeed, and I like the DMCA info the most, because my content was stolen during that BigE scandal, I was so determined myself to fight back, and I joined forces with many hubbers here to put an end to it all.

    Awesome hub here, all of my hubs that were actually stolen were top quality articles, and so I see your point in all this here. Good Job!

  • Jeannieinabottle profile image

    Jeannie Marie 

    8 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    I never realized how many job opportunities could come from turning in people for stealing material. I will look into this further. Perhaps I have some new jobs coming my way! :-)

    Interesting hub and voted up!

  • Lizam1 profile image


    8 years ago from Scotland

    I am glad to have found you on hub pages. I am wondering about copyright on hubs - noticing that quite a few hubbers do this. I think if I put my work on line stealing is part of the risk and I also believe that the person who does this will be the looser in the end.

  • rosika profile image


    8 years ago

    This is very great hub..recently I have started writing for hubpages but since I found out that content are stolen, it really demotivated me. I thought all effort is worthless...But you have shown the positive side here and I will continue..I am just learning to write good contents and I will not stop now!

    Voted useful and interesting!

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    @Danareva It would be foolishness to stop writing because you are scared of content theft. It is quite difficult to stop Plagiarism or intellectual property stealing fully. What happened here can happen any where. But the advantages with hubpages is that we have such a wonderful community here who stands united to find the evils. Here you won't be fighting the battle alone.

    @raciniwa You are right! That is why I wrote the Hub, 'You cannot be me by stealing my content'. Emotions, Knowledge and experiences cannot be stolen by anyone. Thanks for dropping in.

  • raciniwa profile image


    8 years ago from Talisay City, Cebu

    i am not really that affected with all the stealing part, and yes i do agree that it is an ego booster if someone has stolen your work for it means it's a worthwhile aim especially for my self help hubs is to spread the word and help people, so it won't bother me at all if they steal it as long as i know i write it, they may steal the words but not the emotions that come along with it...

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    Dana De Greff 

    8 years ago from Miami

    These are some good points and issues to keep in mind when writing and publishing, especially in our digital age. It might be impossible to control every word we publish, but at least we know they are our words! I certainly won't stop writing, creating and publishing...

    Thanks for this!

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    @Patty Inglish, MS You are right! I am aware of it too. Even I have seen positive results after taking down copied articles.

    @DanaTeresa There is no denying the fact that Plagiarism should be addressed. You would find many hubs on this subject. You may do a Google search by using 2-3 lines from your hub. Premium Copyscape and Google alerts are also quite good for finding copied content.

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    @Dubuquedogtrainer I am happy that I introduced you to the 'content scraper' term. Well, I am known to handle situations positively majority of the time.

    @emilybee If you think you are good, you are! If you think you are successful, you are! That's the way I look at things.

    @GDiBiase It is really sad that many people are into stealing content. We may like to have an ego boost by patting ourselves for writing good content but the sad fact is that majority of thieves do not look into the content details to see if it is good or bad.

    @Lisas-thoughts101 Thanks for the vote and visit Lisa!

    @rebeccamealey Most of the times original content rank higher in search engines which may be the reason for your traffic.

    @EuroCafeAuLait Well, I am happy you changed your mind. Do not let anything discourage you from doing what you are good at, that is writing.

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    Dana Strang 

    8 years ago from Ohio

    Patty - thanks for that comment. Being stolen from is a great compliment in one respect, but it does need to be addressed. Does anyone know the best way to search the internet for stolen content? Does doing a search for the title do the trick?

    Anamika S - thanks for writing this. you have opened up a great discussion that is getting me to think about things I might not have considered.

  • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

    Patty Inglish MS 

    8 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

    I found my content copied on a dozen sites and now have had it all successfully removed. My Internet traffic has increased - Others stealing content really can affect us badly.

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    Anastasia Kingsley 

    8 years ago from Croatia, Europe

    Voted up and a personal thumbs up for your creative spin on all of this. I was thinking about taking a break from writing Hubs but now I've changed my mind. Warm regards, ECAL!

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    Rebecca Mealey 

    8 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    Interesting. I had an Easter related hub stolen recently. The traffic on the Hub increased significantly but I don't know whether or not it is due to other exposure. These are some good points, and well taken. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Lisas-thoughts101 profile image


    8 years ago from Northeast Texas

    Anamika, great hub. I hadn't looked at it from your point of view. Thanks for the tips. I voted up and interesting.


  • GDiBiase profile image


    8 years ago from Portland, ME

    Hi Anamika,

    Great hub! I like your prospective and agree with you. It stinks to have your work stolen, but on the other hand if the content wasn't great nobody would want to steal it.

  • emilybee profile image


    8 years ago

    Excellent info here. I like your perspective and it probably makes lots of people whose work recently has got stolen, feel talented and successful. Thank you. Voted up.

  • Dubuquedogtrainer profile image


    8 years ago from Dubuque, Iowa

    Interesting! I had not heard of the term, "content scraper" before. Voted up. I have had content stolen and it makes me angry, but this offers an alternative way of looking at the situation.

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    @Hunbbel Meer I am happy you like the Hub. I do not mean to say that plagiarism is beneficial, my point is writing good content worth stealing is beneficial.

    @ananceleste: I am happy that I could make you feel better.

    @CZCZCZ Yes, That is what I mean to say too...

    @DanaTeresa Yes, content stealing sucks... but that means we write worthwhile content.

    @MisterH I agree that the situation is quite discouraging but that should not stop us from writing. If we are good, then there would be tons of people who want to be like us.

    @christianajohan I don't say that people should steal our hubs, what I am saying is that we should write steal worthy content.

    @2uesday That's sad...

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    H C Palting 

    8 years ago from East Coast

    This is an informative and useful hub. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    @Cardisa Well, you do write content worth stealing.

    @Ben Graves I have put the copyright sign only on my last 2 hubs so far. Actually, as far as HP is concerned it is not necessary to put the copyright sign on hubs.

    @Ardie Well, you can rejoice. Your content also was deleted.

    @Victoria Lynn Yes, we do write content worth stealing. It's not only me, but many people have benefited because of their writing. I personally know many people who got noticed through HubPages. The difference is some are open about it, some are not! Thanks for the appreciation.

    Daughter Of Maat: That is the spirit! I think we should concentrate on writing even better content instead of getting discouraged by a content theft.

    @jainismus Thanks for the appreciation and share.

  • christianajohan profile image


    8 years ago

    But no matter what this hub says, I still stick to my principle that stealing is still stealing and I don't want my stuff to be stolen.

  • MisterH profile image


    8 years ago from Singapore

    So many people with stolen work! I'm fairly new to this but it's slightly disconcerting to hear of so many people having their content stolen.

  • 2uesday profile image


    8 years ago

    The most stressful theft I have had recently is of a piece of poetry of mine that has been taken; not to make money from but has been used in teenage blogs. They obviously did not understand the significance of the poem, as it was about bereavement. The poem has also been used on Facebook for at least one memorial, which I was unaware of. I cannot be angry about the memorial, though as they must have felt it summed up their feelings about their loss.

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    Dana Strang 

    8 years ago from Ohio

    Nicely done.

    You put into words what I was thinking. Being stolen from sucks, but it means you have something other people want or admire. After all "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." - Charles Caleb Colton.....

    Thanks for putting a positive spin on this.

  • CZCZCZ profile image


    8 years ago from Oregon

    Interesting hub and I agree wit hthe points that you are making. It still doesn't mean that it is a great thing to have your content stolen though as it does take time and energy to track stolen content and try and get the issues resolved, but I agree writing great content worthy of being stolen should always be the objective, just hopefully it is not actually taken and used.

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    Anan Celeste 

    8 years ago from California

    You were so right! At the beginning of the hub; I was scratching my head and wondering I'm I missing the big picture? Then as i read on,all the frustration about my stolen work, changed. You have brought a point that never crossed my mind. Thank you. I actually feel better.

  • Hunbbel Meer profile image

    Syed Hunbbel Meer 

    8 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

    Great Hub, Anamika. A very useful and informative hub.

    I didn't know about the autoblogged wordpress plugin, neither I could have guessed about how beneficial plagiarism may be for the original writers. I request the 'recent plagiarists' to steal more of my contents. Haha!

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    Mahaveer Sanglikar 

    8 years ago from Pune, India

    Anamika S,

    This is informative Hub. Thank you for bringing out a different view on plagiarism. Voted up and shared.

  • Daughter Of Maat profile image

    Melissa Flagg COA OSC 

    8 years ago from Rural Central Florida

    Wow, now I feel honored by the thieves! lol My content was worth stealing! Hopefully, I'll get lucky like you Anamika! I'll have to strive to write even better content now! lol Thanks for making me feel a bit better about this whole situation!

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    Victoria Lynn 

    8 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    I love your positive spin on this! How neat! It's so true that we do write content WORTHY of stealing! And you have had success with getting more business through this. Great hub. many votes!

  • Ardie profile image


    8 years ago from Neverland

    I remember the first time my content was stolen. Of course I was mad as heck because it was a personal experience I had with my family that I had written about. But then I thought "wow, does this mean I have actually made it?!" you know - because someone really wanted to even steal my work!! However, I do know its not fair and I did contact the person who took my content - he deleted his page and disappeared

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    Ben Graves 

    8 years ago from Chicago, IL

    I agree with every point you bring up. Great article and at least in my short story and poetry hubs I tend to put brief copyright info just as you have here, but when it comes to my nonfiction I leave them be. Great hub!

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    Carolee Samuda 

    8 years ago from Jamaica

    Even though I am angry, I do feel that my writing must be great to be getting so much attentions from plagiarists and It has been happening to me for months now. I like your hub, you made some good points and adding a few positive experiences in the mix. Good job.

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Well, I am known for my ability to take things positively even in worse situations. In fact, I took the trouble of informing one of the owners of the stolen content from another website about the theft which affected many of the hubbers here. He contacted me through my email to say thanks and offered me a deal. I may not take it up, but I think of it as an accomplishment too. Thanks for your valuable comment and appreciation billybuc.

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    Bill Holland 

    8 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Interesting slant on a problem that is affecting more and more writers. I really like your attitude and this hub!

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for the comments and appreciation Sally's Trove, xstatic and homesteadbound. I am in the habit of taking every situation positively. While I am against content theft and would leave no stones unturned to fight the Content Scrapers and Plagiarists, I also cannot deny the advantages of writing good content worthy of stealing. I don't think we should get discouraged by the present situation, but take inspiration and write better content.

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    Cindy Murdoch 

    8 years ago from Texas

    This is a great article. You were able to take our present situation and frustrations and turn it into an article that is evergreen without actually bashing the current plagiarist, and without giving them credit. We do not mention their names and they will son disappear anyway. Great job!

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    Jim Higgins 

    8 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    This is timely work considering the bigezine theft of apparently hundreds of HUBS. Many people are consdidering not publishing new content. Good information

    and suggestions.

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    8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Benefit #2 is quite a story! That surely is a great illustration of what to do when life hands you lemons. :)

  • Anamika S profile imageAUTHOR

    Anamika S Jain 

    8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Well, thanks for the compliment Vinaya Ghirmire.

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    Vinaya Ghimire 

    8 years ago from Nepal

    The first part of the hub is informative and second part is amusing. Good work Anamika.


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