how to avoid content plagiarism
Writing should always be creative and original, but what if you copy someone else’s ideas and content and put it forward as your own?

This is totally wrong, and nobody should ever do this as it is an offense.

Subject research is essential to create content. Copying and pasting is not recommended – it create negative brand/individual reputation.

Plagiarizing content will not do any good to the rankings of your search engine. Instead, it will negatively affect the same. Also, nobody respects someone who plagiarizes content as everybody likes original content which are interesting to read. You might even get caught in legal battles, so it is best to avoid plagiarism in your blog completely.

Here are few tips which will help you to avoid plagiarism:

1. Don’t be in a hurry

Writing a blog is not something which you can do in a jiffy. Original content requires original ideas and a specific presentation style. So, research well and learn about the topic before beginning with the writing part. Keep in mind that if you don’t read or research properly about the subject of your blog, then it is highly probable that your content will get plagiarized or become extremely similar with other published content.

2. Research from multiple sources

If you research from a single source, then you will certainly plagiarize your whole content. Seeking help from only one resource means the style of your entire content is same as the source and it will highly affect your blog in a not so good way. Hence, to avoid getting yourself into plagiarism, make sure to research using various sources.

content research and idea
By doing this, you will get an understanding of the subject in which you have to write the blog. Also, by reading various contents in various sites, you will get to know what the subject actually focuses on and you will get an idea of how to write all about it in your own words. This will not just protect you from getting your content plagiarized but also help you to come out with original ideas to write your blog.

3. Attribute

When you have to share a phrase that has been said by someone in particular or quote something, then you can write exactly the way you see the sentence in its source but do not forget to link it to the original source. This way, you avoid plagiarism and has a good effect on your SEO.

4. Paraphrasing

It allows you to avoid plagiarism to a certain extent. If you are running short of time, then you can paraphrase your content with the help of the source page. In this, all you need to do is write the sentences from the source in your own words. Just twist the sentence, and you will easily avoid plagiarism. Just remember that the four words of your content and the source do not match otherwise Google will detect plagiarism very easily.

content plagiarism check online
You can use an anti-plagiarism software like Plagiarism Check that helps to detect plagiarized / similar content and grades the article/blog.  Though commonly used for checking academic plagiarism, it is still recommended for checking blog content due to its strong algorithmic capability.

While all the above tips above can prevent you from plagiarizing your content, let’s discuss about how you can keep your blog from penalty by Google.

  • Avoid duplicate or thin content

    It is best to have original ideas and put it on your blog. Don’t ever try to copy and paste someone else’s content as it will lead to Google penalties. Google supports content which are highly informative and quite lengthy. Including links to the references will also be a plus point to be on the good books of Google.

  • Expand the anchor text

    Make sure you don’t randomly put your anchor text in the content. This will not help you in any way and land you in Google penalty. To avoid putting yourself in such situation, make sure that you fit your anchor text in your content naturally. It should correspond to the whole content.

  • Avoid cloaking

    In cloaking, there are two versions of your content – one is visible to Google and the other to the readers. Such cloaking is not at all tolerated by Google, and it does not entertain such blogs. So, avoid using such unacceptable formula as it will do you no good.

  • Build up brand image

    If you make sure to strengthen your brand image, then you are most likely to escape the Google penalties as Google does not pay much attention brands and focus more on the other websites. You can make your website a brand by regularly engaging your followers in social media, designing a good-quality website which consists of everything like the logo, image, address, phone number, to name a few.

Pay heed to the above tips if you want to create informative and engaging content, and to stay away from Google penalty.

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