Plagiarism in relation to internet can be defined as the act of reproducing the same content with or without intention in hope of publishing the same in the internet. Such plagiarisms can take place within books, articles, web pages, blogs…etc and could include text, pictures, video, audio or any other medium that is used to express the language, thoughts, ideas and expressions of the original author.
With many different tools that are in existence to copy and paste as well as to extract relevant content from the web for publications, most publications originally made in the internet becomes plagiarized within a short period of time. The consequences of such plagiarism would be hefty in terms of economic loss and loss of credibility for the writers and therefore all writers should know and practice methods of avoiding plagiarism in order to be successful in publishing on the internet.
In online writing, having a unique title is the first instance where you avoid plagiarism, as similar titles would be downgraded in most search engines. Thus, keyword analysis and developing a unique title based on the already available web content is advisable for any online writer who wants to achieve authenticity in his or her creations.
While any writing would benefit from expert opinions, online writers should expand or argue in relation to such opinions when including the same in their own creations. Such analytical presentation of expert opinions or other recognized content would avoid unintended plagiarism, which can manifest in such situations.
Even in instances where you extract opinions or ideas and present it in your online content, it is desirable to give credit to the original author at all instances. This would definitely add scholarliness to the online article while readership would not be mislead with regard to the origins of the presented content. However, the creation should not entire be based on ‘extracts’ from other sources even if it is giving the due credit as such creations would not impress on the readership as well as most search engines. Thus, you should make an effort to add your own significant contribution in order to make online content ‘authentic’.
Thus, an online article created in your own words and with the above characteristics would not be designated as ‘plagiarized’ in most instances. However, even after creating original content, you should realize that given the nature of internet and its publishers, the same content would be duplicated quite often within a short period of time. Thus, it is always advisable to change the content frequently and in some instances, this would mean that the original content may have to be changed several times in order to maintain the page ranking and the quality of the creation.
Making an effort to see if someone had plagiarized your own content in the web is another method to avoid plagiarism as such duplication would downgrade the recognition given to your article. Thus, using software such as ‘copyscape’ and searching the web for plagiarized content and taking appropriate actions are desirable in the modern day online publications.