Being good at what you do isn’t always easy. When you put a great amount of work into your blog and make it the absolute best you can, you will get fans. Write stellar content, put out a great design, whatever it is, people will like it. Some, a little too much, and those people may cause you some concern.
Why might some of your biggest fans cause you some worry? For the plain and simple fact that they may steal your work. It hurts to see the great content you put out on your blog on someone else’s under their name. And it just kills you inside to see a custom design you have made for yourself sitting on somebody else’s blog.
I know, as I have had just about everything you see on Blogussion stolen from me. The content I spend hours writing, and even the design you see which is basically what defines my success online. All of that sitting on other people’s blogs. Isn’t it sickening?
Take a Minute and Think Back…
Have you ever gotten your content stolen? Has anyone ever stolen your work online, whether it be your blog content or something else? Try to remember how you reacted to it, and if you took any action. Be sure to share your response in the comments.
As much as it hurts you at first, getting your work stolen is not a big deal. I learned this lesson over the weekend when I received word from my followers on Twitter that a few people have taken the design you see on Blogussion for their own use.
Normally, when you hear that someone has stolen from you, you would want them to take it down. So you send emails, tweets or whatever asking them to take it down while making just about any threat you can.
Some people listen, and some people don’t. When you first start your blog, you only have to deal with a few content scrapers and thieves, so it’s not much to handle. But, once your beautiful blog starts getting older and the audience becomes much larger, dealing with thieves is a lot harder as there are so many more of them.
I asked my followers on Twitter what they do when they see that their content has been stolen, and I had a few good discussions and received some great answers from them. There were a couple that really stood out to me however (sorry, large image):
Just Let Them Be
It’s tough at first, believe me, to just let people walk away after have stolen for you. But, look at the bloggers who responded to my tweet. Two of them are six figure bloggers and have found just as much success as you can find online. There is no doubt they have been stolen from along the way, yet they turned out just fine.
And what do you think happened to those who stole from them? Nothing. They took what wasn’t theirs and in return achieved nothing. So, let them be. Keep doing your “thing” without worrying who might want to take it for their own use. Don’t waste your time trying to take down content, spend it putting more content up.
There’s Nothing to Worry About
I know one thing people are worried about when it comes to content thieves is the effect on SEO. Will Google penalize my site for having the same content as someone who stole it? I can’t be 100% sure, but I’m confident that Google is smart enough to know who the true author of the content is and penalize those who have stolen it.
But again, I am not 100% on this. There is some good discussion about this specific topic in my list of 5 things you need to stop worrying about now (#4 is content thieves).
Am I even worried that there is another blogger using the same design as Blogussion? Nope, because I know that blog will not go anywhere. I don’t even think the brand of this blog will be hurt at all, that’s how little I care.
The thieves made it very clear by stealing in the first place that they don’t know how to run a blog properly, so success will never find them.
I can’t stress how much time going after thieves wastes your time, so I’m putting this message in this nice yellow box and bolding it: Do not contact the thief, do not worry about what they are doing, just leave their blog and never go back to it again.
What do you think about this mess? Is it worth trying to take down all of those content thieves, or is it best to leave them be? Some of us are too proud of our work to just let them get away, but the sad truth is that people will always steal from you.