I can’t actually call it a mistake, but I can say I’m dealing with the fallout of having placed my articles on Suite 101.
Plagiarist’s Shopping Ground
Apparently Suite 101 was the go to place for plagiarists. I knew it as a problem, but chose to occupy myself elsewhere and not deal with it. Only when the plagiarism was too blatant to ignore did I go after the plagiarists.
The sad part is there were just as many law firms and professional operations as there were spineless weasels plagiarizing my work. One weasel even submitted my work to free article directories. He kept my name as the author but used his name as the person who submitted it. That really takes steel ones, don’t you think?
Dealing with the Fallout
My plagiarized Suite articles really slapped me in the face when I placed some of them on my own sites. After placing them on my sites I applied to become an affiliate for a few topic related items.
My sites were rejected a couple of times because “my content was not original.” Part of the reason could have been the empty Suite articles that still show up in the search engine results. I say empty because if you click on the search engine link, you’ll get the “File not found” wording.”
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Several of my articles have been plagiarized more times than I’d like to count.
Serenity Prayer Time
As usual, I recited the Serenity Prayer and thought of how to resolve this problem.
Here are the options I came up with:
- Spend an inordinate amount of time going after all of the plagiarists. Aside from taking up a lot of my time it would most definitely raise my blood pressure.
- Add wording such as: I’ve become painfully aware that many unscrupulous writers have plagiarized my work. If you see this article posted elsewhere without proper attribution, it was copied without permission. All content on this site is original and written by me unless otherwise noted.
- Reword each article so it no longer appears plagiarized.
What I’ve decided to do is a combination of option 2 and option 3.
How are you dealing with plagiarism? Suggestions are welcome.
Filed Under: Suite 101
About the Author: Felicia A. Williams is a freelance writer and blogger. She spends the majority of her time with her family and writing. If she's not writing or commenting on NJFM, she's either outside smelling the roses or writing articles for one of her other sites which include Tidbits and Stuff, BLULOW, A Dose of Health and a few other sites/blogs scattered around the internet.