If you're wondering if your intellectual content is being stolen and used by
content thieves—if it's good, it probably is! There are several ways to catch
content thieves. Of course, sometimes you just get lucky and either stumble
across it while surfing or someone that knows you or recognizes your content
reports another site to you that is using your material, and I've had both those
There are other ways that rely less on luck and more on intelligence though.
Let's look at one way to catch someone who has stolen your textual content.
You can usually find unique text passages in your textual content. There will
usually be several long phrases or complete sentences that are unique to your
writing. By copying and pasting these unique word groupings into a search
engine, you can find other sites that have used these unique word groupings.
Place your word grouping inside quotation marks before you search for them so
that the search engine returns pages with that exact phrase, otherwise it will
return pages that contain any of the search words.
By doing this, any page that is registered with the search engine and has that
exact word grouping on it will be brought up first in the search results. By
visiting those pages you can determine if the page content was stolen from you.
This is just one way to catch a content thief. There are other ways, and there
are ways to catch image thieves as well, although that is much more difficult.
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