|Written by Susan|
If you have ever wanted to locate stolen articles this how to is just for you.
People publish articles on the internet in hopes to earn money and there is nothing more frustrating then to see your hard work making money for people that did nothing more than copy and paste your material.
Many people believe there is nothing you can do about this out and out theft of personal property, but there is. The first step is to locate stolen articles then report them and request they be removed. That might sound easy to do but the hardest part is to locate the stolen articles. This how to guide will make that a little easier for you.
To locate stolen articles you will first need to copy the link to your article and past it into the article checker page where it says fast search (link available in the reference section at the bottom of the page).
Hit the enter button and wait for the results to be generated. It may take a few moments for the results to pull up. The program is searching the web to locate stolen articles that have information that matches your article.
After the results are generated you will be able to review the report and see if there are other articles out there that have the same phrases as your article. The larger the phrase matches the more likely it is your complete article.
When you are reviewing the details of the report you should notice all the phrases will show at least one match, which is the match to your original article and should not alarm you. There may also be matches to the opening paragraph. If you notice websites listing the opening paragraph and a link to your article this is good. These are called backlinks and it helps generate traffic to your articles.
Once you have the list pulled up you can pull up another window with a Google search engine. In this window you will want to paste the full phrase that is showing in the report and hit search. Do this for any phrases that you think could be stolen from your articles. This will help you locate the potential sites that are making money off of your hard work.
Once you have a list of the stolen articles you should report the issue to the web host for that site. Give them a couple of days to remove the information.
If they fail to remove the information from the site you will need to take further action by reporting them to Google AdSense if they have Google ads on their page. Google has a no tolerance policy so they are usually pretty quick to react when there are allegations of this nature. If this still doesn't resolve the issue you should send a cease and desist letter to the owner of the site.
It can be very difficult to see other people profiting from your hard work. These steps should help you locate the work that has been stolen and give you a little guidance to set it straight. Keep a running list of the sites that have your articles listed on them without permission and make sure to check back occasionally to ensure they are not re-posted.
Some people feel trying to get your work removed from a site is useless since there are so many sites out there and the potential for a stolen article is so great. What ever you decide to do about the stolen work don't let it become an obsession or you will get frustrated and could eventually focus more on them making money from your articles than just creating a new work of art and earning more money off of that.