Content Theft: How to find out if your content has been copied?

Some bloggers may find out about their copied content from external sources. But this might not always work for all bloggers. There are other ways to find out about any possible copied content on the web, such as…

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“You can’t always depend on external sources to inform you about potential content theft.”

You might find out that your content has been copied by someone somewhere by one of your friends, readers or well wishers. This may only happen if you are lucky enough to have a huge number of well wishers spread out on all directions.

But, what about the rest of us who are lucky to get our content copied but not lucky enough to find out about it!

Well, we’ll have to depend on the following ways to find out about content copy-

1. Google search

Content theft, Google search

Look it up!

Using Google search is the most simple and free way to find out whether your content has been copied by someone on the Internet. All you have to do is pick up few words or a sentence from your blog post, and copy and paste that with quotes. Don’t forget the quotes, this method will only work with quoted text from the blog post you want to check.

For example: If I want to check this article for any possible copy or theft, I’ll take a line from it and search with quotes. Like this-

All you have to do is pick up few words or a sentence from your blog post, and copy and paste that with quotes

Once you copy and paste the line (with quotes) on to Google, it will bring before you your post as well as copies of it (if any) on the net.

2. Internal linking

Content theft, internal linking

Link & connect your content.

An internal link is a type of hyperlink on a web page to another page or resource, on the same website or domain. It is basically when you use links to your own posts within another post on the same website.

For example: if I put any links of my previous blog posts within this posts, then you can say I have used internal linking.

Internal linking has many benefits. It’s good for your SEO and for sending traffic to your old posts. But the benefit we are interested in is using internal linking to find out any possible content theft. Let me explain how and when it will work.

Supposing you have used internal links in a blog post which was copied and pasted by someone on some other website, you will get a notification about it. This is also known as track back notification. The notifications are also sent to you via email by your website platform.

But internal linking is not a foolproof strategy to depend on. Internal linking will only work if the person copying your content has not removed all the links before pasting it. In case any internal links are left out, you will get a notification.

Using internal linking is actually how I found out about my content which was completly copied from top to bottom. So, I highly recommend you to use it.

3. DMCA

prevent content theft, DMCA

DMCA

DMCA stands for Digital Millennium Copyright Act which is all about protecting content owner’s rights whenever they believe their content has been stolen.

DMCAdotCOM provides a variety of tools to help detect and defend theft that may have occurred. And, they also help to prevent it from occurring in the future.

You can visit the DMCA website to check for any copied content. The website allows two free scans and after using the free scans you can opt for a monthly plan to continue using their services.

They also provide few other useful services both for the paid as well as free subscription options. You can create a website certificate or badges to authenticate the ownership of your content. This will definitely keep some if not all content thieves away from your content.


It is highly recommended that you check for copied content from your website on a regular basis. You can’t depend on external sources to inform you of any potential content theft. It’s true that some bloggers have come to know about content theft from other people, but the number of such bloggers is almost too little.

If you want to protect your content: the result of your blood and sweat, (that’s no exaggeration for genuine bloggers/ authors) you will manage to make a little time and money (if need be) for that.

In most cases, you won’t need to use your money but you will be required to use some of your time and a good amount of your grey cells!

Learning how to find out if your content has been copied is a task. And, even though it will add to your (probably) very busy list of tasks, it is essential. It is the most important step in the process of protecting your blog content against content theft.


This series is also available as an EBOOK on Amazon. You can access all the information on Content Theft & Content Copying, organized & well put together in one place.

Content theft, ebook

Start reading it for free:

“Content Theft: The Undesirable Event in the Life of a Blogger”


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As always, Thank You for reading :) 
  1. Very interesting… Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Glad you liked it, thank you ❤︎

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  2. Thanks for the nice information.

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    1. Thank you so much for the feedback, appreciate it ❤︎

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  3. Hi. Thanks for an interesting and informative post. Very useful tips. have a great day. Goff

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    1. Thank you so much Goff for the appreciation. I’m so glad you found the post useful. Hope you have a great day too 🙂

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    1. I’m humbled by such kind words. Thank you so much for the appreciation 🙂

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  5. Very helpful and informative post.

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    1. Thank you so much Jyotirmoy for your appreciation 🙂

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  6. Another great and informative post👍 Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much for the feedback. It feels like a pat in the back, appreciate it a lot ❤︎

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      1. These post are very helpful to me as I’m a little naive about this topic and as I have not been blogging that long. I guess it’s because I wouldn’t do it myself, and struggle to understand why someone else would take credit for work they have not produced! Looking forward to further post 🙂

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  7. This has been a very informative series.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, appreciate the feedback 🙂

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  8. Great information right here! Thank you so much, I now know where to look.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful thought. I’m so so glad you found the info useful 🙂

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  9. Thanks for the info. I shared it on my art Facebook page.

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    1. You’re truly amazing, appreciate the gesture. Thank you so much ❤︎

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  10. Thanks for sharing, much needed awareness!

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    1. Thank you so much for the lovely feedback, appreciate it 🙂

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      1. You are welcome 🙏💜😊

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  11. Very informative. We need to go extra length to protect our data. These are some useful tips you shared here, Binita!

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    1. Thank you so much Vinitha for the appreciation. I’m really glad you found the info useful 🙂

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  12. you have over 3,000 followers and there should be 3,000 likes for this series!

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    1. You’re too kind, thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful thought. I feel encouraged & appreciated 🙂

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      1. you are most welcome and you deserve all the positiveness being sent your way.

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      2. Thank you again, your words have meant a lot to me. I’m touched ❤︎

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    1. Thank you, glad you liked the post 🙂

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  13. Very informative post. Thank you letting us know how to check if a content has be stolen or not.

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation, I feel happy to know that the post was helpful. Best wishes 🙂

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  14. […] and not something to always rely on by all bloggers. There are other ways to find out about any possible copied content on the web. Using Google search and internal linking are the two most simple, free and easy ways to […]

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    1. Thanks a lot for sharing. Have a great day 🙂

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