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Business Blogging For Beginners – Lesson (12)


How to Avoid the Plagiarism Trap

 “An act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own […].” – Definition of plagiarism from Dictionary.com

Why you should avoid plagiarism

  • You could possibly harm your personal and/or company’s reputation.
  • You may have infringed copyright and get into legal trouble.
  • It shows you are lazy, unprofessional or just unethical.
  • Google dislikes it and may down grade your site.

What you should do instead                  

  • Cite your sources.

    • Always give credit or ask for permission if curating content.
    • Check copyright for images or buy a subscription to an image library.
  • Write high-quality content.

    • Take pride in being original.
    • Have <20% of the duplicated content.
  • Use plagiarism software to check originality.

“Don’t let the quantity of words dictate the quality of your post.” – Debbie Hemley, Blogger.

How to choose an online plagiarism checking software

·        Should be free or economical

·        Offers quick & easy registration

·        Allows files uploads

·        Gives email or instant feedback

·        No restriction on number of documents

·        Includes grammar & quality checks

·        Gives accurate original links

·        Ability to export results

·        Allows online changes

Our Top 5 recommendations for Free Plagiarism Checking Software

# Website Remarks
1 paperrater.com Always use this one
2 plagium.com Highly recommended
3 smallseotools.com Use as a second or third option
4 quetext.com May give obscure results
5 searchenginereports.net May not link to exact sentences


Further Reading


10 Websites to help improve your grammar



681 cliches to avoid



Writing tips



How to


Know the Parts of Speech



More grammar lessons



Grammar cheat sheet



Tips for using quotes in your blog



5 most effective methods to avoid plagiarism



Some ways to detect plagiarism – Bill Pringle



10 signs of plagiarism every teacher should know



“When I can’t write I read. When I can’t read I sleep. And when I can’t sleep I write.” – Jarod Kintz, Blogger


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