A fellow blogger asked me that question recently; she’s been using Blogger to post her work and was concerned that using a free blogging site meant that people were free to reuse her content.
She wondered if getting a website with her own domain name would give her stronger copyright protection.
So does having your own domain protect your copyright?
Well no. As soon as you write a blog post you own the copyright to it, so it doesn’t matter if you post it on a site like Blogger or your own website. No matter where they find it, if people reuse your content without your permission, it’s still plagiarism.
Having your own website becomes important if you plan on making money from your blogging. If you’re running a business having your own domain name is an essential part of your brand, and posting your work on www.mysite.com looks much more professional than mysite.blogger.com.
Back to the plagiarism issue
Unfortunately, it’s almost inevitable that the content you post will be plagiarised at some point. If it’s online then people can find and copy it, so I’m afraid the only sure fire way to prevent this is to avoid posting anything online at all.
That isn’t an ideal option these days though, since so much of our lives are spent online. So every business needs an online presence. People look for freelancers online so a business without a website is at a distinct disadvantage when all the competition has one.
Having a website with samples of your work so that potential clients can see the quality is preferable to hiding it away and possibly missing out on clients.
Of course there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of plagiarism, and deal with it when it happens –and I have already mentioned a few in this post. So really there is no reason to hide your work away. Display it so that people can see how great you are!
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