Writing and publishing your thoughts online can be exciting and fun. But once you publish online, it’s writer beware — because plagiarism of our content is common.
Fighting scams and ripoffs of freelance writers is one of my super-passions. So when I recently discovered two instances where my blog posts were ripped off and republished in their entirety, without payment or permission… you know I was steamed.
At first there was a lot of shock and awe. Is this really happening? But when that wore off, I realized I needed to figure out an action plan to claim what’s rightfully mine.
Fortunately, there are actions you can take when you discover plagiarism. Here’s the story of what recently happened to me, and what steps you can take if you discover you’ve been ripped off.
Have you ever wondered if you could resell your blog posts and make some extra cash? You know, get the posts you’ve written for your personal blog republished somewhere else.
If so, my blog editor Evan Jensen and I have a cautionary tale for you.
Many bloggers seem to believe publishing a post on their own blog — or even on a free platform such as LinkedIn Pulse or Medium — doesn’t ‘count’ as publication. And that they could still get paid selling first publication rights to these posts.
Sometimes, writers don’t even feel they need to disclose the work was previously published.
This can result in an awkward mess, when the blog or publication you resold your work to figures out they’ve gotten recycled goods. I know, because this blog recently and inadvertently accepted previously published content.
As the queen says, we were not amused.
Here’s the story of what happened, and how we’re changing our guest-posting policy as a result. We’ve also got some important tips for bloggers considering trying to sell reprints.
It was an evening like any other… poking around on Amazon. But tonight was different. There, before me, in all its glory, was my new e-book with someone else’s name on it!
Thus began an emotional roller coaster of confusion, shock and anger. “Ojuola Infotech” had come to my website, downloaded my newly finished e-book, and put his name on Pricing Basics for Copywriters & Consultants: Meet Your Income Goals — Guaranteed!
Worse yet, it wasn’t just that my e-book was stolen. He stole my brand as well. CHRIS NOTES was now OJUOLA NOTES.
Did I see red? You know it. And it cost me emotional turmoil, enormous amounts of time, and lost income to do what I did next.
Namely… I went after him. But not before I got my e-book back… and my authorship.
I’ve been dealing with this professional tragedy for nearly five months, and I’m still not finished.
Because I don’t want you to suffer an experience like this, I’m going to give you my top five newly learned tips for protecting your work, so the Ojuolas of the world can’t hurt you.
If you write anything online, it happens sooner or later: Somebody reproduces, recycles, or excerpts your work without permission. I can tell you that the bigger and more popular your blog or your online reputation or the blog you’re guest …
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Longtime MALW readers may know that in general, I’ve had a pretty laid-back attitude about my articles getting ripped off online. Until last week.