What Is Plagiarism And How To Avoid It

Plagiarism is a word dreaded by most writers but understood well by a few of them only.

In simple language, It means copying someone’s original work of art, literature, research, etc., and proclaiming it as your own. Without crediting the original creator.

The internet is full of plagiarized content.

The taboo of your article, thesis or literary work being labeled as plagiarized is enough to give a sweat or sleepless nights to a serious and honest writer.

This threat is real, especially now because of the rat race amongst the writers to create more and more content in order to get recognized.

Be it getting attention offline in the form of a newspaper review or an event. Or getting ranked on the results of search engines like the mighty Google.

It is this desire to rank higher in SERPs and get more traffic to the content, that is leading to the creation of huge amounts of content, most of which is created half-heartedly, without doing any research on the topic.

As a result, what we get is substandard content that is copy-pasted from other sources and therefore is not very pleasant to read.

Also since the content is copied from other sources, it results in duplicate content, which the search engine algorithms of today penalize heavily.

The end result, therefore, is poor quality and poorly ranked content which gets you no traffic and thus fails the ultimate goal of every writer/blogger which is to monetize the content.

How can you then prevent getting labeled as a copycat?

Before we answer this let us first differentiate between duplicate content and plagiarized content.

“ALL DUPLICATE CONTENT IS NOT  PLAGIARIZED CONTENT.”

Take for example product specification. They appear the same on all websites as provided by the manufacturer. But this cannot be called plagiarism.

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Take the example of the product description. Here you have all the liberty to describe the item. It need not be the same on any of the websites selling the same product. If you are using the product descriptions of another competitor then you are guilty of plagiarism. 

So be creative in your product description copy to prevent such a situation.

In many other walks of life, like research studies for the doctorate. This topic becomes even more critical as it involves years of time and effort put in by the researchers.

I personally have a small mantra, be simple and original.

Understand well and write with a mix of heart and mind.

You are sure to succeed!

 

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