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How To Use Someone Else’s Blog Post Ethically

 

UPDATED: JUNE 28, 2012
thiefWith Google’s recent “Penguin” update, this article is even more relevant for those of us who publish blog posts and articles on the internet. For an excellent explanation of the Penguin update and how it’s link-busting algorithm may be harming your website’s ranking in the search engines, read Joel Kanzelmeyer’s “How to Recover From Google’s Penguin Update.”

Content Scraping, Content Thieves

Mark Schaefer, owner of Schaefer Marketing Solutions {grow} and one of my favorite bloggers on all things marketing, published a piece recently about the practice of lifting other people’s blog posts and republishing them on other websites/blogs or in newsletters — without permission.

Mark writes on his post “Why Social Media Blogging is Corrupt”:

A few weeks ago I wrote about the broken economics of blogging. Business “professionals” stealing content for their personal gain is another symptom of a lack of leadership in this space. It’s like some of these bloggers are school yard bullies picking though everybody’s lunch instead of acting like leaders who should be inspiring, mentoring and creating an inclusive business model. Read more here…

Some of these so-called “content aggregators” and “curators” justify their behavior by telling themselves that bloggers should be happy to have their content considered good enough to be shared in their newsletters and on their websites. But the truth is, using another writer’s post without permission steals the thunder from their efforts, while attracting purely self-serving traffic to your site.

So, what’s the big deal, you ask?

There are multiple reasons “repurposing” someone else’s content — especially the whole post — without permission is unethical:

  1. Real bloggers work hard at giving their readers content they’ll actually read, and hopefully comment on. One of the primary purposes of blogging is for marketing or making some sort of income, whether from affiliate programs, advertising, or selling products or services. When you take their content, you divert income away from them.
  2. Some bloggers may not want to be associated with the newsletters or websites using their content.
  3. Mark was especially upset about his blog posts being used in other people’s marketing newsletters. If your newsletter — or any kind of marketing vehicle — is built upon the backs of other bloggers and writers by lifting their posts, and you’ve never asked them for permission, you have officially crossed the line into all kinds of ugly. Remember the Cooks Source copyright infringement firestorm? That could be you.

How To Use Someone Else’s Blog Post Ethically

There is an ethical way to get traffic from another blogger’s work, though, while sending traffic to their site, helping with their SEO by providing backlinks from your own site, showing respect for their hard work, and expressing your appreciation of their leadership.

I just did it in this post.

If you want to use someone else’s content and authority, the polite way to do it is to quote a paragraph from one of their posts, attribute it to the author with a link to the original blog post and links to their social media profiles, then write your own post around it, either agreeing, disagreeing, or adding to the conversation.

Next, go let them know about it in a comment on their original post. Finally, start sharing your post via social media, with a shout-out to the original post’s author.

All the people who read your post, and then click on the link you provide to the source of inspiration, will be adding to the original author’s SEO efforts through your backlinks to their site. (So click on the links in this post!!)

That’s how you do it.

 

Have you had your own content republished elsewhere without your permission? Do you think it’s wrong to use the content of other bloggers without their permission? Or do you think it’s really no big deal?

Want to find out if — and how — your articles are being used on other websites? Kristi Hines has written an excellent article called Content Scrapers – How to Find Out Who is Stealing Your Content & What to Do About It.

 

About Author

Michelle QuillinMichelle Quillin is content creator and social media manager and consultant for New England Multimedia. An A+ BBB member, we create mobile-ready Wordpress websites responsive to all devices, and produce HD video for broadcast and internet use.View all posts by Michelle Quillin →

  1. Tommy Smith
    Tommy Smith03-11-2013

    Hi, I am new to the blogging game. I write my own blogs but also like to take interesting articles from around the web. I make sure I clearly link back to the original post but I’m worried that is not enough after reading your article and comments.

    If I post a full article and link to where it came from is that wrong and unethical without permission? :-/

    I really don’t want to be the bad guy…. But if someone did complain I would handle it far better than the cook’s source – wow!

    Thanks for any advice

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin03-18-2013

      Hi, Tommy! Please forgive the delay in my reply!

      What you’ve described is termed “content scraping” in the blogging industry, and most consider it to be theft. Google’s Panda and Penguin updates have created an elevated distaste for content scrapers, because of the new (and negative) effects in search engine ranking on the websites responsible for creating the original content. There’s plenty of information about content scraping on some of the top SEO-focused websites. Use the keywords “Panda Penguin content scraping” to learn more.

      I applaud your honesty, and your desire to do the right thing, Tommy!

  2. Kimberly Jones
    Kimberly Jones12-05-2012

    This is good information as I was wondering how to do this on my website. I found a blog that I love and wanted to repost it. What I did differently, though, is contact the writer to ask if I could do so before I did it. He said yes, of course, as long as I linked back to him, which I had certainly planned to do. I read your blog because I didn’t know if I should just repost the entire blog and link to him as well, which seemed kind of overkill and cheesy or if there was another way to do it. I like the idea of quoting the person, sharing why I liked the blog, and then linking back to it. Reads more professionally that way. I’ll do it this way going forward. Thank you!
    Kimberly Jones recently posted..6 Reasons Why You Should Hire a Freelance WriterMy Profile

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin03-19-2013

      I’m so glad you found this post so helpful, Kimberly! Much success to you!

  3. cara crittenton
    cara crittenton09-26-2012

    This is a great post thank you for sharing. There are some bloggers work that I wanted to re-publish but the ethical question was at the forefront of my mind. Thank you for sharing how to properly give credit for their original content while possibly bringing their work to a new audience.
    Thanks,
    Cara

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin09-27-2012

      Cara, I’m glad this post helped you! Thanks so much for commenting, too, and keeping it alive!

  4. Steve
    Steve09-10-2012

    Mark,
    first of all thank you for your content posted here, it was helpful in areas, but it did not, for me, clearly address an answer I am seeking in plain, clear terms to a question I have. I was hoping you may expound more fully in regards to my question, if not here publicly, then to my email privately.

    For about 5 years I have posted on a controversial discussion board. The controversy outside of the attitudes of some of the posters on the site, was moreso due the subject matter the site was dedicated to which addressed a very heated subject, from both Political and Religious perspectives. I was originally drawn to the site as I felt I had viewpoints that were very relevant to the subject matter the discussion board was dedicated to. While I realize my own submissions by some grounds are my copyrighted works, what I am curious about, is to know is to a question of re-publishing content ina certain situation. The discussion board of note is no longer active to public posting and has removed any existing archives of former posts and threads. I have kept my own archives going back five years, to content both of myself and others. There were while publishing my posts and comments to that discussion board, cases of many conversations, in which others directly were in public fashion engaging me personally in conversation, by initiation or reply. Thier contributions to those public conversations they participated in with me, now serve to place my former content in greater perspective in many cases in which they replied to my posts or saw their posts as particpation public addresses to or with me in that discussion board.

    My question is two fold, the first part just to confirm what I have found elsewhere on the subject…
    1) I am of the opinion that as that site is now closed to public posting and it’s archives deleted, that I have copyright of my own posts on that board going back years and my re-publish my own posts from my archives of the same in verbatim fashion as I choose to another site. Am I correct in this idea?

    2) And if I am correct in the idea concerning republishing my own archives of former content I myself contributed to that site, am I, in cases where others directly by posting egaged me directly in conversation by a direct address to me made in intitaion by them to myself, or by reply to myself to content I had already posted?

    Mark I would greatly appreciate your consideration of my questions and to hear an answer from you, thank you,
    -Steve

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin09-10-2012

      Hi, Steve! What great questions!

      Unfortunately, these are legal questions getting into who actually owns the copyright of content published to a platform — in this case, an online forum. If you read our post about internet privacy and our growing indifference to reading the Terms of Service on anything we register for, you’ll understand why your questions can’t be answered with any certainty unless you know what the TOS stated about who owns the content once it’s published on their platform.

      Do you happen to have a copy of the TOS from the now-defunct forum?

      And I;m not sure I understand your second question. Can you please clarify?

      We’re certainly not legal advisers, but I’ll see if I can get someone over here to answer your questions!

      • Steve
        Steve09-11-2012

        Thank you Michelle,

        The Discussion Board I participated on was hosted on “Boardhost.com.”
        The Administrators placed their own additional rules for their discussion board in an adminstrative thread affixed as a header on the homepage. But nothing in such lay any claim to copyright ownership of any of the content on that discussion board posted by any persons posting. Nor for that matter was the discussion board itself, to its ‘format or otherwise noted with any © symbol. They deferred by default mostly to use Boardhosts terms of usage rules and only added with their own rules in a single Administrative post, already noted, which headlined the top of the homepage and addressed outlines about preferred posting etiquette, and the nature of content remaining relevant to the TOPIC matter of that discussion board was dedicated to. No claim of copyright to anything posted by anyone was addressed in the additional Rules set by the administrators of that board. In fact after about year 3 of my posting there, when some of the posts got really lively, there was placed the last two years of that Discussion Board, a disclaimer at the top of the homepage which cited “Opinions and Viewpoints Expressed on this Board are that of the Indivudual’s posting and not necessarily endorsed by or reflect the views of the Administration and Moderator’s of this board.”

        As to the individual posters on the Discussion Board, they ranged from about 10 to 20 regulars over the course of five years, with only about 8 or so posting regularly the entire timeframe, and the others posting for a season along the way, or posting periodically if not annually. Of all those who posted, including myself, with the exception of one poem I once placed there, ONLY ONE person who posted regularly ever placed anything to the nature of “this content © to “poster_on_said_Discussion Board 20??” at the bottom of his posts and he did so periodically.

        As to following suit, No one else bothered to express sole ownership of thier posts or place any such copyright claim, except for myself on an occasion I once posted a poem. The rest of what was posted there, as far as my involvement, were conversations, debates, but dialogues in nature, not monologues, and no one outside the one person noted ever lay claim to ownership of anything they themselves or others posted on that site.

        As for Boardhost, and their terms of Service, which that discussion board defaulted to as it’s primary terms of service…
        “Boardhost does not claim ownership of content you or third-parties post to your board. With respect to content that you post or make available through your board, however, without limiting any other rights these terms of service afford to Boardhost, you grant Boardhost a world-wide, perpetual, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, modify, adapt, publicly perform, and publicly display such content for the purpose of providing and promoting the Service.
        If you post rules or policies on your board, such rules or policies shall not be inconsistent with these terms of service or Boardhost’s usage terms. You understand and agree that any such rules or policies do not bind Boardhost and Boardhost will not enforce them, and that any such rules or policies shall be regarded merely as statements of your preferences. “
        http://www.boardhost.com/terms.html

        I Feel confident that I am correct in the first question I asked, that I can lay claim of ownership to all content I personally posted in those 5 years on that Discussion Board,
        1) First and foremost, I wrote the content
        2) The administrators, and moderators of that Discussion Board did not in their own rules of usage lay copyright claims to any works submitted by anyone at anytime on that site
        3) Boardhost.com which hosted that particular discussion Board, verbatim cited to lay no claim of ownership to any of the works posted on that site, mine or otherwise.

        So I kinda found the answer to my first question, but it is the second which prompted me to search for answers on the subject of re-posting/publishing the content of others in the first place.

        To clarify my second question, in the most basic of terms, I participated in numerous conversations on that discussion board for years. Some initiated by myself and then others chimed in with reply, some initiated by others and I replied. But ALL converstations in which I participated in with others in PUBLIC forum. I would like to post some of those conversations in “FULL”…both sides, not just my content, as posting both sides in many cases will place the content I posted in greater clairty.

        I am not wishing to “Steal” anyones intellectual works, I am interested in re-posting past conversatiosn I participated in, and in some cases adding summary comments which place those conversations as being relevant to other topics I am discussing in the current timeframe.

        As these conversations took place in public fashion on a Discussion Board; and the content posted by others, which I am wishing to re-post on my own site, is content that was originally directed to me; I am wondering do I, under the circumstances mentioned prior, have Fair Use to quote the other side of those conversations where others were engaged in with me, as long as I do so verbatim, and not out of context.

        And “IF” I am under fair use allowed to quote such, is doing so with historical information as to the contents origin, date, timestamps, the name of person posting, the title of the threads and/or actual posts the content was placed in etc, enough credit to give to the authors?

        Thank you so much again Michelle for you consideration of my questions and offering to help with some input. I look forward to your answer.

        -Steve

        • Michelle Quillin
          Michelle Quillin09-13-2012

          Well, Steve, first off, I can’t wait to see these conversations you’re talking about! They must be very interesting, for you to go to such great lengths to make sure you can legally republish them.

          I’m not an attorney, so I can only offer my own experiences with copyright, but from what you’ve shared in this last comment, you will have no legal issues republishing the public conversations you had on the online forum. Cover yourself by sharing the “historical information as to the contents origin, date, timestamps, the name of person posting, the title of the threads and/or actual posts the content was placed in etc.” as you’ve suggested. I would caution you that if the content is slanderous or libelous, or could damage the reputations of those who participated in the conversations, you could stir up negative feelings that would result in at best, a demand to remove the conversation, and at worst, a lawsuit. Even a frivolous lawsuit will cost you time, money, and energy you might not want to spend.

          But legally it sounds like you’re on safe ground, if you give credit to the posters for their words in a public online conversation.

          • Steve
            Steve09-14-2012

            Thank You Michelle!

            Archiving these are very important to me. And the conversations are interesting on levels.

            You have been a great help, I thank you. And when I get the site fully up, which should not be long a few weeks or so, I will send you a link, and you can view for yourself the conversations. Thank you for your help.

            -Steve

          • Michelle Quillin
            Michelle Quillin09-14-2012

            Looking forward to it, Steve! I’m glad you stopped here to share and ask questions!

  5. Gloria
    Gloria09-06-2012

    I am glad that I found this information, it was very helpful. Thank you!
    Gloria

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin09-11-2012

      You’re welcome, Gloria! Thank-you for commenting!

  6. June Garcia
    June Garcia08-26-2012

    Hello,

    I think my question may be a bit unusual. For a long time I’ve noticed while there is plenty of internet, marketing, tech and social media information on the internet for English speakers there is not nearly as much available for Spanish speakers and having the best of both world (from a Spanish family, educated in the US) I was wondering how ethical/unethical would it be to publish entire blog posts or articles translated to Spanish in my own blog. Needless to say that I will be providing the proper credits and backlinks.

    Thank you

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin09-11-2012

      June, that’s a great question — and a fabulous idea. You still can’t use anyone else’s work in totality like that, though, even if it’s in another language.

      However,if I were you, I’d contact the original author of any blog post or article you want to share, and tell them what you’d like to do. Get permission first. And you may have just hit on a business idea. I know many, many bloggers would probably we willing to pay you a nominal fee to translate and publish their work in another language, especially Spanish!

  7. Tom Lincoln
    Tom Lincoln08-17-2012

    Thank You to all who commented. I now understand how to do this properly, confirmed my questions about “old school” copyright infringement issues. Great information!

    One point to clarify. Do I need to get permission first, or after I quote a few lines of their article, backlink it to them, and their social media links?

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin08-22-2012

      Hi, Tom! You don’t need permission to quote an excerpt, as long as you provide attribution (stating the original author’s name and the title of the blog post you’re quoting from). I’m glad my post cleared up any concerns you have!

  8. Ryan Reger
    Ryan Reger08-04-2012

    Great advice, Michelle!
    I’m just getting started in the world of blogging. I have some blogs I follow and will use this technique to provide quality content on my own site while at the same time helping the original author.

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin08-13-2012

      Glad you enjoyed the tips, Ryan! And thanks so much for commenting, too!!

  9. John Grounds
    John Grounds07-24-2012

    Very interesting article! Now if I can just figure out the backlinking thing. :-)

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin07-24-2012

      Hi, John!

      Backlinking is really simple; it just means you’re providing a link (within your blog post) back to the blog post you’re writing about. When you comment on the original blog post, you can provide a link back to your own post.

      It’s really cool when you let a blogger know you’ve written a post around their article, and they actually edit their own post to include a backlink (a link BACK) to yours!

  10. Sarwan
    Sarwan07-13-2012

    Nice information….Thanks a Lot

  11. Melodie Licht
    Melodie Licht06-28-2012

    Okay, so I’ve read the entire article – including posts. I support all of the backlinking, author recognition, etc. What caught my attention was Grace’s post. Specifically her comment:

    “Although they take only a few lines and provide a link back to my posts, I do not want to be associated with them.”

    Is it a common practice of the commenters here to request permission/approval before posting?

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin06-28-2012

      Hi, Melodie!

      When using an excerpt of a blog post the way I’ve used Mark’s, there’s no need to request permission. However, as I answered Grace, the so-called content curation websites who publish excerpts of posts, and link back to the originators’ websites, could hurt the search rank of those websites.

      Specifically, Google is penalizing websites that have a large number of “low-quality” inbound links from websites created for the sole purpose of SEO, in hopes of thwarting internet marketers using spammy techniques to make their own websites appear higher in search. Google is also penalizing those websites, of course, but still — innocent websites are getting caught in the crossfire.

      Read these two articles:

      How to Recover From Google’s Penguin Update

      3 Hard Lessons to Learn From Penguin: Be Relevant, Be Balanced, Keep it Real.

  12. Mark William Schaefer
    Mark William Schaefer08-03-2011

    I’m glad to see this post but even more glad to see the supportive comments. When I wrote the original post, I was dismayed that many people actually vigorously defended the scraping practice. Really made me wonder what planet they were from. So I’m glad this community is a little more aligned. I have never refused the re-printing of a post. If somebody just had the courtesy to ask, I would be fine with it. Thanks Michelle for the fine work.

  13. Grace
    Grace04-27-2011

    Hi Michelle, thanks for this article. I’ve been thinking about the copyright issue and wrote a blogpost about it yesterday. I came across your article while Googling about sites that reproduce blog content without permission after I found some content from my posts on several websites today. I don’t even know what to call them, some seem to be wannabe news feeds that basically just take content off other blogs instead of producing their own. Although they take only a few lines and provide a link back to my posts, I do not want to be associated with them. I work hard at my posts and it irritates me that a few hours after I put them up at my blog, they get automatically posted on another website without my permission! It irritates me even more when I see them if I Google my posts with keywords!

    Can I do anything about these websites? What about the other obvious SEO scam sites that contain pure gibberish but manage to boost their search rankings by using my posts/content as their cached page? This has happened to some of my facts posts that rank in the top 10 of Google searches.

    thanks!
    Grace recently posted..copyright- crediting- plagiarism and blog ethicsMy Profile

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin06-28-2012

      Grace, forgive me for not answering this comment when you posted it! Another commenter here resurrected this post, and I saw your comment.

      Unfortunately, as far as I’m aware, there’s really nothing you can do legally — yet — to stop “content curation” websites from publishing excerpts of your blog posts and linking back to your website. Content curation has long been a staple of internet marketers seeking to attract as much traffic as they can to their own websites. Their rationale is that the more traffic they get to their content curation websites, the more traffic you’ll get if their visitors choose to follow the links back to you — so why complain?

      However, you are right to be concerned, but for a far more important reason: Google is now penalizing websites with too many backlinks coming in (making them inbound links) from low-quality websites. Read the following article to get more information, and find out what you can do:

      How to Recover From Google’s Penguin Update

  14. Donna Farrell
    Donna Farrell04-16-2011

    The blog owner has not responded, but I just tried to revisit the site, and I keep getting an error message. Perhaps the blog has been taken down. I filed a formal complaint with the blog hosting company.

    Here’s what’s WEIRD: they changed some of the verbage in the blog post, as if they translated it into another language and then back into English, and the translator was not a native English speaker. Almost all of the other posts – and there were many many many of them – were like that! It was so strange!

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin04-18-2011

      Donna, that’s interesting! I wonder if the mistranslation was due to someone using a translation program to first translate your husband’s article into their own language and post it on a foreign site, and then another reader stole THAT and used a translation program to translate it (and other foreign language posts) into English! At any rate, sounds like the blog has been taken down.

      Thanks for sharing that story!

  15. Donna Farrell
    Donna Farrell04-13-2011

    Glad I found this. My husband JUST started a blog a few days ago. I was playing around with search engines to see what terms would bring his blog up in search results, and I found one of his blog entries, posted IN FULL, with no mention of his name, the name of his blog, or a link back!!! This is a week after a magazine printed an article he wrote without giving him credit in the byline, so I’m a little sensitive about this. I left a stern comment on that blog post, but other than that, I don’t know if there’s anything I can do about it.

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin04-14-2011

      Oh, Donna! That’s awful!

      Google “Cook’s Source” if you don’t know the story behind how social media brought down a magazine that was using blog posts without permission — and without remorse when questioned about it by one of those bloggers.

      What was the magazine that printed your husband’s article?

      And what has been the response from the blog owner who republished your husband’s post without credit?

  16. Leanne
    Leanne04-11-2011

    I often find a paragraph or two that creates an ‘aha moment’ for myself and would like to share it along with my own thoughts. I haven’t done it yet, due to not knowing how to do without ruffling feathers. Now, I know…Thank you

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin04-11-2011

      That’s great, Leanne! I’m so glad this post gave you some ideas!

      It’s a great way to show your appreciation for the hard work for other bloggers and brands, too. Everyone loves good backlinks, especially the natural kind that come via having your blog read by your target audience.

      Thanks so much for commenting!

  17. Peter, The O.K
    Peter, The O.K04-03-2011

    Thanks for this post. The truth is that I’ve even had one of my posts (a #1 on SERPs) copied and pasted onto another site (of higher page rank) without any backlink to me. It was quite a pain to see.

    Considering it moved up my original post on Google, I contacted the owner, but since nothing was done, I had to report the site for plagiarism on Google. And, thank God for the system, it was scrapped off the SERP 1st page.

    Anyway, what I am saying is I totally agree with you.

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin04-04-2011

      Hi, Peter! You’re new here — welcome!!

      That must’ve been quite a thorn in your side, to see YOUR post on a higher-ranking site! Did they respond to your contact? Or ignore you?

  18. Rachel Minihan
    Rachel Minihan04-01-2011

    I work with other people on their marketing. I have to say that it constantly amazes me when I have to tell people “you can’t do that.” And then, sometimes, they STILL don’t get what I’m trying to tell them. Of course, I suppose it’s not their areas of expertise, but we all had high school term papers to write where this was covered, right? Michelle – as said above – thanks for the example.
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    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin04-04-2011

      Exactly, Rachel! Didn’t we cover this in high school?

      Mark says that he thinks the interlopers see the internet as a free-for-all. We didn’t have the internet when I was in school, so maybe it’s my generation? ;o)

  19. Davina K. Brewer
    Davina K. Brewer03-29-2011

    It’s not just the polite way, it’s the only ETHICAL way as you write Michelle. I’ve quoted and linked backed to other blogs before, always with attribution. I’ll even link back to a comment if need be, just to be clear. IMO Blogs and comments are meant to inspire, meant to encourage reblogging and discussion elsewhere; always with attribution, always w/ due credit.

    I have not had this happen to me, but hopefully will handle it with grace, professionalism, class.. and maybe a grenade launcher when I do. ;-) FWIW.
    Davina K. Brewer recently posted..Perspective- Right Now Someone You KnowMy Profile

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin04-04-2011

      Davina, the more links and traffic we can supply pointing to the original author – while keeping our post focused on commentary, inspiration, or adding to the conversation — the better. I’ve met some of the most wonderful and influential folks by writing blog posts in reply, and supplying links to drive traffic to the source.

      It’s a win-win!

  20. Evan
    Evan03-27-2011

    Thanks for writing this. I have had this issue before on one of my “pillar” posts where I compiled 100 resources within my niche. A lot of small bloggers have copied the entire article itself, with no mention of the original website, and republished it.

    I have since taken to the practice of informing them of copyright infringement and asking them to excerpt it with a mention of my site and a link back.

    While I prefer your method — to comment as well as excerpt the post — I don’t mind syndication as long as it is not the entire post.

    I am flattered that people enjoy sharing my content, but I work hard on it and want the appropriate credit.

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin03-28-2011

      Evan, Thanks for commenting.

      I’m surprised that people would have that kind of chutzpah, to repost your content without giving complete credit to the original author, with a link to the original post!

      Do you think they really believe the internet is public domain? Or just that the chances of getting caught are slim?

  21. Nancy Davis
    Nancy Davis03-27-2011

    I am just starting to blog for my company. Not only am I required to find good blog posts to quote, I must only use a few lines and then link to the original post so that my boss (who is my editor) can see where I get my ideas from.

    Maybe it is a good thing sometimes to have a lawyer for an editor.:) Getting sued would wreck my day.

    Thanks for this excellent reminder Michelle.

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin03-28-2011

      You’re welcome, Nancy! I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

      I love how social media makes it possible for us to not only be inspired by others (in this case, my being inspired by Mark’s post), but to keep the conversation going a week after the original thought was aired. The gravy is the traffic both writers receive!

      Thanks for commenting!

  22. Jon Buscall
    Jon Buscall03-27-2011

    This is a good explanation of a great way of engaging across blogs. There’s not as much commenting or linking as there used to be but this is the best way of continuing a conversation across the net that won’t disappear in a couple of days (CF Twitter!)

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin03-28-2011

      Jon, thanks so much for commenting!

      Earlier in my social media and blogging endeavor for New England Multimedia, I wrote a review of Laura Roeder’s free webinar about Twitter, then let her know about it. That post got huge traffic when she tweeted about it, and even used an excerpt in one of her OWN posts!

      I wrote it for our old blog, though, and deleted it when I closed the doors.

      Kicking myself now. It was a 2-parter, too!

      • candyfredric
        candyfredric09-01-2012

        Thanks for this post. The truth is that I’ve even had one of my posts (a #1 on SERPs) copied and pasted onto another site (of higher page rank) without any backlink to me.

        • Michelle Quillin
          Michelle Quillin09-11-2012

          Candy, that’s exactly the kind of republishing of content that makes everyone so angry. I don’t understand why people who lift content think the original authors are making a big deal out of “nothing.”

  23. Mark W Schaefer
    Mark W Schaefer03-27-2011

    Thanks for carrying the torch on this discussion, Michelle!

    These topics created such a firestorm on my blog and I was surprised by that. Perhaps people have been sipping the Kool-Aid so long they are numb to ethical businesss practices. Or, perhaps I didn’t explain myself well. : )

    In any event, I’m glad to find another rational mind on the topic! Thanks for the excellent post!

    • Michelle Quillin
      Michelle Quillin03-28-2011

      Mark, I thought you explained yourself very well!

      You and I “met” when I wrote a post in reply to one of yours, back when I was blogging as Q Web Consulting. You actually went back to your original post, added a link to mine at the end of it, and suggested your readers check it out.

      It was in the Top 3 Highlights of the beginning of my blogging “career”!!

      THAT’S the way you do it. ;o)

      Thanks, Mark!

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