Can I Post Someone Else's Article On My Blog?

Even if I don’t preach the copying and pasting method for your blogging project, a few writers will not just avoid doing it.

Some take to that because of writer's block. I think I've bailed you out of writer's block in the post, "Blogging Without Writing Yourself: Writer's Block Ways-out" Some are just unnecessarily lazy. Some are just, for real, thieves.

This post is not to judge anybody. In, fact, I write to help you steal others’ content without violating copyrights or any law at all.

If you can’t go on blogging without stealing or repeating the works of others, you may just need to know the legal ways to achieve this.

With recent searches on this blog: “how to use content from other blogs without violating copyright”, “blog repost”, “using other people's content your blog”, “content syndication best practices” etc, I think a few of my readers need help.

The direct answer to this question is YES. You can repeat/share others' posts on your blog. However, you shouldn't.

Let me explain.

In my post, “Can I Copy/Paste Posts and Still Rank in Search Engines?”. I narrated the story of a blogger who copied and pasted my work as his and still ranked higher than my original content.

It happens.

In fact, in this part of the world, very many bloggers do this and Google is not frowning (at least not yet).

Google, though, is folding arms because blogging is still new in certain countries. In such regions, it may not frown so much at plagiarism. This, I assume, is because they want to encourage more content writers to be on board.

But certainly, it’s not ethical to repeat someone's work in its totality as yours.

Google's Position on Duplicated Contents

Google and certainly other search engines hate seeing the same content from different authors. They hate people copying and pasting others' works - hook, line, and sinker.

Doing that is a violation of Google webmaster policies. Search engines hate creating pages with little or no original content.

Google even frowns at duplicated posts on your own blog not to mention repeating someone’s posts on your own blog.

And since Google and search engines are our backbones for generating organic traffic, the best anybody can do is to avoid, in its totality to copy and repeat and existing content as his.

A few of my students had shown me people stealing content for their blogs. They wonder why Google is still rankings these fellas.

The truth is that Google may not be able to detect stolen content immediately. It may take months, even years, before nemesis catches up with the perpetrators.

But when it happens, through Google manual investigations or reports from whose posts were stolen, those blogs may never ever show up in Google search results again.

Effects of Copied Content on Users' Experience

To the users, stolen content can make you look like a thief, which truly, you are.

In fact, naturally, readers search around the net to compare articles for any differences. What will it be like if you check the first four results, only to find exactly the same words, images, videos, captions, etc?

As already established by many findings and those on this blog, the main determinant of your positions, in search rankings, is users’ experience.

If people find out, you copy exactly what others share, they will kill your rankings with the click of a button. All it takes them is to bounce back for a better result. See How to Reduce Bounce Rate: 11 Most Effective Tips.

Consequently, you don’t only lose the reading, you lose your position as well.

Even though, for readers, it may be impossible to identify who stole whose work. Yet, you’re not doing any justice pasting the entire work of another writer.

Look at this result.



Mine is number one. A few weeks later I saw another blogger who copied and pasted my words in its entirety.

It hurt because to some readers I’m a lazy guy. To others, my content's thief is the real lazy man here.

How to Copy Without Copyright Violation

But there should be ways around this. There should be a means to share other people’s work as mine without expecting Google to dish me one day? What if I must write the same topics? 

Writers may not be able to avoid writing certain topics already done by others. So, what to do if others had already written it all. Do you have to let go or better copy theirs as yours?

I agree that to show your professionalism, you must have certain posts in your database too. And if you must do this, stealing content is not the solution.

Well, I have those ways-out for you. I call this 4-copycat-approach.

Let’s dive into them.

1. Quote Instead of Copying All

It’s allowed and acceptable if you can make reference to the work of other authors. Here, you’re not stealing the entire words. You can copy a few sentences and quote that as being borrowed.

Google and users expect this. In fact, to some readers, they won’t trust your authority unless you can quote from other writers. As a compliment, you're expected to give a link back to the original source of those copied words.

The original owner will be happy you do this without asking you for the favor. You won't love what he can do if he finds out you use his work without a backlink. Google rewards these people, if they report you, by killing your domain forever.

2. Review Others Works

Sometimes, the best way to disguise in stealing others' work is by reviewing their posts.

Dedicate your own posts to analyzing what the original writer has talked about.

Make your position known – whether you support or oppose his views.

With this approach, you’re more likely to repeat more of his words, phrases, and sentences without being tagged as a copycat.

3. Turn Others Posts to Videos and Vice Versa

If you must share or repeat other people’s content, I suggest video content instead. And if what you plan to steal is written content redo that to video.

Convert text contents elsewhere to your own videos or interactive content to texts.

Even though a majority that read posts ends up seeing videos on the same topics. Yet,  many will still prefer videos over text.

And where the original writer loses the content consumers for videos/texts, you’re winning more people for text/video content for the same topic.

It's a courtesy if you can, at the same time, seek permission from the original owner. And where this is not done, find ways to manipulating things such that you bring in personal touches (very qualitative) into the modifications.

4. Maintain the Same Topics but Different Words

If you take blogging seriously, you should be able to write better than existing posts. The existing content is your library of information to make your own work better.

The best way to avoid repeating the words others had used is to extend your search for keywords. Also, write your first and rough copy of the posts without checking the existing content. This will help you pure out your own words without being tailored by the existing posts.

Then, while editing, go through what others had written to see where they’re missing things – which you can cover in yours. You’ll also see where you’d missed things - which they’d covered.

Following this approach will help you stand out while still writing the same topics.

Will You Rank For Copied/Stolen Content?

With all said, a question that comes to mind is: will you still rank for posts stolen or copied and pasted as yours?

The answer to that post is YES.

However, if it’s NOT done well, your ranking is short-lived.

Let me explain.

1. Repeating Words for Words

In this post, I’d let you known certain conditions where Google and other search engines may not punish you for repeating exacts words of other writers like yours. It may not be that matter with publications like news, laws/judgments, announcements, etc.

I share my personal experience of someone who stole my post and still ranked higher than mine.

In fact, the example I shared in the screenshot above, the guy's post ranked higher than mine for a few weeks before Google took me up above him.

My conclusion at this end is – if you steal a post - hook, line, and sinker, you may enjoy a temporary ranking. Google will soon demote the stolen posts.

However, where Google and other search engines only see a few articles on the topics and with all copying each other, they may still leave those stealing to enjoy the rankings until they can find writers with different content or approach.

2. Following the 4-Copy-Approach

You must, by now, agree with me that following the 4-copycat-approach is the best way to steal and use other people’s work as yours.

Most importantly, search engines won’t at any time, in the future, frown at you and demote your domain for copyright infringement.

Another thing to rejoice about is the ability of this content to rank. They don’t only rank, they’re more likely to rank higher than the original content and remain there for a very long time, if not forever.

I had suggested this in “Make Your Posts Rank When Others Have Written Them”. You may rank higher if your titles are the reviews of existing posts. Unique topics such as “10 views of top marketing consultants on PPC for Small Businesses”, “Why I Think The 5 SEO Experts Are Wrong On Why Google Ranks”, had won more clicks than the actual sources of materials used to write them.

Most recently, Google is rankings videos before text content. If you do an online search with both text and video available, Google is likely going to list related videos right at the top of the search results before texts.

Even if the text content rank higher, video lovers will prefer going down to see video results or even go to Youtube and see related videos.

Conclusion

No one is free from copying and repeating others' works as his. We’re all victims.

In fact, search engines are aware of this. As a result, they’d devised mechanisms to know which stolen posts to frown at and which ones to smile at despite.

However, there are open ways to repeat the same topics or steal content without violating copyright. If you follow the approaches in this guide, you’re not only going to be seen as a professional writer but your posts may likely rank higher than posts before yours.

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