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Unfortunately content stealing is something I come across very often in the blogging circles, especially so if you are a DIY, Foodie or Activity blogger.
Do NOT steal content.
It is NOT OK to copy someone else’s hard work.
It is NOT OK to copy an entire post from someone else and use it on your blog either.
But it is OK to be inspired by someone to do something similar with your own spin on it. If you do this, it is ethical to give credit. If it is a tutorial you followed on someone else’s blog don’t go and put the step by step in your blog, send your readers who actually want to make it to the source.
Sometimes I will think of a craft, I do the craft then write it up and publish only to see the same thing later that week (publish date for months ago) from someone else! This has happened a few times with me already. (great minds think alike?)
I didn’t steal the idea but one has to realize that there are only so many things we can think of originally. I am sure everything has been done at some or other time. In situations like this it is important to remember that your post has your personality and style in it, your own pictures and most importantly that is why your readers come to you.
Why linking is good for your Google SEO.
When you link the phrase ‘pink tutu’, you’re vouching for and telling Google this page is about pink tutu.
That is why writing the link as “I found this tutorial here” just doesn’t do anything for you or the other page. The reason is that Google classifies the links according to the titles you give them.
To give someone credit for “pink tutu” that needs to be part of the link in your post. As an example here is my post on 15 Plus Ideas for your Puzzle ABC or Number Foam Mat. (screenshot below)
You will notice the links as highlighted in color are all the titles of the posts I was referring to. This gives me and them authority with Google for the topics we are talking about in this post, because I have linked the keywords.
Check out this screenshot:
See how I linked every post with the relevant keyword? It is good for you and the person you linked to!
Do the right thing, don’t steal and give credit where credit is due. As bloggers we rely on community and need to treat each other better and support each other correctly.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter. 😀 Chime in below.