The other day, I woke up to find a notification from WordPress letting me know someone had shared my content. First, I love it when people share my content with their audience. I think, like imitation, sharing your content is highly flattering.
However—-I think there’s a right way to do this and a wrong way. Honestly, I wish people would ask first. That would make it super simple and avoid any confusion. After all, it is my content.
Usually, with most linking to my content or ping backs to my posts, people let their readers know that it is not content they created, but are sharing with their readers. I see this done all the time. It’s like introducing your friends to a new record or band you discovered and dig a lot. I think that’s cool!
That wasn’t the case with this particular notification I mentioned earlier in this post. In this instance, the blogger had copied and pasted my copyrighted and trademarked content into their post. Their was zero accreditation or mention of where they got this info. ZERO.
Has this ever happened to you?
I think when we link to another blogger’s post in our post, it’s good practice to give them a shout out and acknowledge where we snagged the added insight from for our blogpost. Agreed?
How do you protect your blog content?
Here are 3 methods to help protect your blog content that I gleaned from various attributed sources:
1. Content creator Peg Fitzpatrick suggests writing a republication policy and posting it on your site.
2. Several bloggers and web content creators, including Fitzpatrick, urge checking linkbacks to your blog in order to ensure make your content isn’t being snatched without your permission.
3. Web content expert, Kiff from Ask Kiff! advises employing reverse searching tools to track down when text, images, or other content from your blog is used without your permission.
I am finding my research on identifying ways to protect my content helpful. I will share what I find with you in future posts. With permission, of course.
I pray you find this information helpful. Please feel free to share your thoughts and experiences below in the COMMENTS section!
May the Lord, our God, shine His light on you and may God continue to bless the United States of America.
The Devotional Guy™
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