Search Engine Optimization Plagiarism Runs Rampant on Blogs

Jul 4, 2008 • 9:47 am | comments (3) by twitter | Filed Under SEO - Search Engine Optimization

Jill Whalen (whose birthday is today -- wish her a happy one!) wrote a very logical article at High Rankings about the problem of SEO plagiarism. She explains that numerous not-so-established SEO types are regurgitating a lot of articles online and just switching up a few words, probably so that they can look smart. It's not so much the same as copyright infringement because of the fact that it's not a word-for-word regurgitation; instead, content is made to look original by making a few edits and calling it a day.

Jill ends her post by saying that the people who will succeed at writing articles (in the SEO world, but this is really true for any discipline) are those who can think for themselves and put their own original thoughts into writing. It's not about finding news somewhere else and then saying, "Oh, I can write this too and have my friends vote upon my content on Sphinn," which she alludes to in the article. (A few people have done that in the past.)

Jill is not sure whether to fault the education system for this behavior, but High Rankings Forums member Orpheus Descending actually does feel that this has something to do with lack of education in some areas. She explains that when working with students in a college level, 30% of a class of 70 were caught plagiarizing, and it was because they didn't know better. The internet makes it easier to do but not to think. And most of these people are ignorant.

Forum discussion continues at High Rankings Forum and Sphinn.

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Jonathan Bailey

07/04/2008 05:12 pm

It is worth pointing out that even if it is not a word for word duplicate of the original, it may still be a copyright infringement. Copyright law also makes it an infringement to create what is known as a derivative work, meaning a work based on the original and, while the line is gray in some cases, changing out a few words would definitely make it a derivative, especially if it were still clear where the source was.


07/05/2008 10:43 am

I seen an article on goarticles=com basically saying that "if you take someones content then translate into Spanish then back to English, Tidy up the translation so it makes sense then it is original content" :o

John Dunsmoor

07/07/2008 07:08 pm

That would suggest that one may take stolen money, convert dollars to pounds to yen and back to dollars (plus or minus a few cents) and the money is no longer stolen. Stolen content, without added original work remains stolen.

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