Anyone can start blogging for any reason, however the intention may not always be the same. It may be to earn money from content creation (blogging), for your business, or just to be heard. However, you should be blogging with integrity.
With millions of sites out there, and with the fact many share topics in the same niche, there are bound to be some websites overlapping on article coverage. It may be intentional or not, but there is an ethical way to blog. I know from personal experience and speaking with other very influential bloggers, that content theft and content scraping is a big problem.
Now content theft and content scraping are not always be the same thing. In the case of this article, I am talking about bloggers who are taking articles from other blogs or resources, and writing poor chopped up version of them. In a way it is rewriting, but it is still unethical. Aside from this, the problem I am talking about are posts so poorly done that it is much like buying a cheap poorly made knockoff of a Prada shoe. There are a lot of flaws and the post seems lifeless without the blogger’s voice.
This does nothing for your visitors and your site will not build a lasting following or maintain its traffic. I’m not saying if you write an article on the same blog topic that you can’t do that. You can, but you need to put effort into the article, and frankly, if you are using another’s article for reference, you could benefit from linking back to the original post. This will clear up potential snafus between yourself and the blogs you are referring too.
Blogging with integrity should be in any blogger’s mind, aside from creating unique and quality content. For those who complain about their sites not having great site rank, look at your article! Honestly… look at it and look at what is out there! If you wrote that article and had been basing it off another’s article, you need to go and improve your post. That is, if you cared enough to do so.
It’s okay to be an ambitious blogger, but it’s not okay to steal content from other people. Instead of being ambitious, be the better blogger by blogging with integrity.
Are you blogging with integrity?