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Why Do People Steal Our Blog Posts?

A Content Thief On Their Computer

Unfortunately, content thieves are lurking around in the blogosphere to see whose blog posts they can steal.

If your blog posts are spectacular, they will go right ahead and steal them.

And, if your blog posts are the most horribly written blog posts on the planet, there is a chance of them stealing those too.

Apparently, no one is immune from content theft; if you have never had any of your blog posts stolen, it simply means that the content thieves are not ready to steal them (They are probably waiting for the right time to go with them).

I had my blog posts stolen on a few occasions; each time it happened, I filed a DMCA takedown request.

By the way, if you have noticed that someone on has stolen your work, you can report them; Report a Site by the Support Team shows you how you can do that.

However, if the offender’s blog is outside the parameters of, you will have to do things a bit differently; the article, How Can I File A DMCA Takedown Notice?, will teach you the right steps to take.

Now, with that out of the way, it is time to explore some reasons why someone would go through the trouble of stealing one (or many) of your blog posts.

They Are Downright Lazy

You should not be surprised by the fact, that there are bloggers who are lazy (They view blogging as an extremely arduous task).

To make things easy for themselves, they find a blog post that they like copy it, paste it and publish it on their blogs (That, my friend, is blatant content theft).

I will admit that creating blog posts might be a bit difficult for the newbie blogger, but the newbie blogger keeps at it until they complete their blog post (The process might take way longer than the average blogger would take to complete their blog post, but they get it done nonetheless).

Also, creating a blog of one’s own is not rocket science.

The biggest irony is that there are numerous tutorials on the internet that teach people how to write a blog post.

Therefore, not knowing how to write a blog post is a poor excuse (Especially if he or she considers themselves to be a blogger).

Apparently, those people are too downright lazy to care, so they publish other people’s blog posts on their blog without the original author’s consent.

Those types of people will continue to steal blog posts until the original author calls them out on their fraudulent practice.

They Want To Make The Most Amount Of Money As Fast As Possible

There are content thieves with monetized blogs; what they do is steal other people’s content, publish it, stamp their own name on it and hope that the original author never finds out.

These types of people steal your content because the more content that they have on their blogs equals more revenue.

Those unscrupulous people will continue stealing other people’s blog posts until they get caught red-handed.

They Do Not Know Better

Some teenagers and young adults copy the blog posts from others that they like and publish them on their blogs; their intentions are not malicious; they simply wanted to curate content (Unfortunately, they went about it the wrong way).

Those bloggers who are ignorant of their crimes end up getting themselves into trouble with the law (A committed act of crime is still considered a criminal act whether or not the person is aware of the infringement).

Those types of people will stop publishing other people’s work without their consent when someone brings it to their attention that they are breaking the law.

The Bottom Line

So, now you have a much better understanding of the reasons why people steal our blog posts.

There are people who are fully aware that they are committing an offence by stealing other people’s blog posts.

Whereas, there are those who are ignorant; they are unaware of the fact that they have actually committed plagiarism (Which is a serious offence in many parts of the world).

However, both parties will find themselves in legal trouble for partaking in content theft.

81 thoughts on “Why Do People Steal Our Blog Posts?

  1. I do not make money from blog posts so I really don’t care who uses my stuff. I would appreciate some credit if other people use my posts, but I do not consider my posts to be good enough for anyone to steal them. Actually if someone stole a blog post of mine, I think I would be honored. But then I am very eccentric and my mind does not work like most other people in the world.

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    1. I actually mirror John’s views here. I feel like I lose nothing if people steal my posts (unless they’re making tons of money off it somehow), and I’ll always have proof of being the first person to publish any specific article, thanks to timestamps and all.

      Even when it comes to fiction, I wouldn’t mind it if I someday become big enough to be pirated. That just means people want to read my work.

      Maybe it’s the years of working with a particularly harsh editor that I’ve lost all attachment to my words. I can always make new ones, that’s what I feel, lol.

      I gotta admit, it does get annoying sometimes when people try to steal your identity though. Anyway, thanks for this thought-provoking post, Renard!

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  2. Renard, your post is quite surprising for me. Hitherto, I didn’t know that even a blog post could be entirely stolen by someone. What an unfair thing to do! What about plagiarism then? How can it go unnoticed?
    Anyway thanks for making us aware of this fraudulent and unethical activity.

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  3. I understand your pain. However, I have never minded anything being copied and passed down. I trip out when I pull out some of my own work and someone would look at me like I didn’t do it.
    At least that is how it has been for me in my art career. I do not know it would be any different having someone steal my post. They are desperate but someone thought you were worth copying. I did a search for me as a bodyartist and found pictures of work that I had done on all kinds of other places. I laugh cause I know I did it. No one else. Thanks for sharing my work to the universe. Even if you try to pass it as your own, the energy still goes to the original source.

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  4. I think it’s wrong to steal people’s creative work and try to take credit for it. I’m surprised that some have commented that they don’t mind. It takes a lot of effort to write and edit a post, the least they could do is to give credit to the creator of the work. Someone recently asked if they could post my poems on an anonymous site and I didn’t understand why they’d want to do that, I asked them to credit me and link back to my blog. I think reblogging with a link to the originator is ok but not if it’s constantly done.

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  5. Not sure about finding out who was doing this and where to find out in this extensive Worldwide internet land. If they access this WordPress site, copy and paste and then upload on a different blogging site? Blogs are of cathartic nature and quirky expression for myself. No one targeted theme either. Bit of a mish mash in reality and in no way an intended business at all. But I fully understand that it would be really irksome if others’ blogs were being targeted and used for others to make money from. Changing content by editing your blog to suit their aims would be pretty offensive too.

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  6. I agree copying is wrong. I will check out the links you provided. I have to be quite strict about plagiarism at work so I guess I need to lead by example here if I find anything copied from my site and ensure that I attribute sources correctly in my own blog.

    Thanks for sharing Renard.

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  7. Having been around blogland forever I’ve had more than a few of my blog posts, shall we say, purloined. I figure that whoever does that will eventually come to no good– and I will clap from the sidelines. Karma, baby

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  8. I always found it a little odd when others used my posts on their sites, mainly because I write so much that is personal and reflects my life. So when they publish my ramblings on their site – well, it just makes no sense. lol – it feels like someone copying my diary entries into the blank pages of diary and pretending they have a life!

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  9. I don’t think having my work stolen is considered flattering even if I think my writing is “garbage.” Stealing contents is a sign of disrespect to the original creator. That alone should tick people off.

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    1. πŸ€” Jim, my blog is not monetized; therefore, I am not making any money off of it either.

      However, that does not give someone the right to steal my blog posts.

      Also, the content on your blog is your intellectual property.

      Plagiarism on the whole is unacceptable.

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      1. I agree 100%, but in the grand scheme of things, someone copying one of my blog posts is not something I would lose sleep over…

        and with all of your followers, have you ever thought of monetizing your blog?

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            1. πŸ™‚ Well, in that case, I will be keeping a close eye on your follower count. You have a certain amount of popularity in the blogosphere, so I would not be surprised if you actually hit your target of one million followers sometime in the near future.

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  10. Gonna steal this post.

    Ha! Just kidding. But it’s quite good! I’ve had some of my posts reblogged before, but never (to my knowledge) straight-up copy-pasted and claimed as someone else’s work. Thanks for explaining how to deal with that should it ever happen.

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  11. Been there. Name and Shame is a great tactic. Writing that a particular site is not authorized to post content from ones blog and that that if someone is reading any of the posts then one is condoning and being complicit in such methods of scraping and harvesting an honest blogger’s creativity and infringement of an an individual’s copyright and intellectual property rights. Advise that such infringements will be reported to the relevant regulatory authorities to ensure that the integrity of of the original owner’s brand and identity is not compromised.

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  12. Yeah these are pretty much the reasons people steal and you’re absolutely right plagiarism is a big offence. Hopefully the person who stole your content now understands that and stops stealing content.

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    1. πŸ™‚ I also hope that the person who stole my content knows that it is not right for them to copy and paste other people’s content and publish it on their blog.

      Thank you for your valuable input, Pooja G.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Yes, be vigilant. You need to be aware of when people steal your posts so you could take the appropriate set of actions.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!


  13. Another way to handle theft would be to knock on their door. At their home. πŸ‘

    Unless, of course, they reside on an entirely different continent. That might not work in such a case. 😞

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  14. Very true Renard. I hate such criminals who take others hard written blogs, they should be ashamed of themselves. Those who are lazy to create their own content are so stupid because anyone can create they just have to do the right thing and not steal

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  15. Yes I do agree that stealing blogs they do let a bad impression but it could turn into bright perspective if they could add our referral web address from which the original posts lay by. This could help both parties. Dont you think?


    1. πŸ€” While it has the potential of helping both parties, the ethical thing to do would be to get permission from the original author.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.


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