Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Your Article's Been Hijacked - What Do You Do?
Well, what do you do if you find a site is using an article you've written and published on your own sites and in the article directories, without providing your name as author?
Do you trust any information on that site? Do you wonder if all or most of the articles posted there are from other writers who are also victims of article swiping?
It's funny, I usually don't put a Google search on the titles of my articles, but this one, for whatever reason, I did. So, when Google picked it up and notified me, I checked it out. I searched the site to see if my name was pushed off to the side, stuck in a corner, written with invisible ink, or something, but NOPE - it was nowhere in sight.
Now, ordinarily, I, and I'm sure most of us writers, love when someone finds our article of value and wants to reprint it. I do this with other writers occasionally and it works out great. I provide useful content for my readers and the author of the article gets increased visibility--a win-win situation.
But, there is a rule to follow: Always give the rightful author due credit. If you don't it's plagiarism.
So, I'm asking the question: What should you do if your article is hijacked?