re-posting content on your blog?

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If you find a really cool article about your chosen niche on another blog.site, how do you go about getting that content on your site. Like, for a normal blog, you would just post a link to that article and talk about it. But in terms of generating traffic to your own site, would it be okay to re-write the article?

I hope I am making myself clear.

For example, if you see a post that says '7 ways to build killer abs', how do you go about putting that content on your site?

Many thanks, and sorry if the question appears dumb. (i think i know what I mean..lol)

Cheers,
DAVE
#blog #content #reposting
  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by daveskey69 View Post

    in terms of generating traffic to your own site, would it be okay to re-write the article?
    Hi Dave - no, that would be a "derivative work" according the law of copyright (and according to everyday English, as well), and would invite legal, ethical, moral, and possibly DMCA and site take-down problems.

    Originally Posted by daveskey69 View Post

    For example, if you see a post that says '7 ways to build killer abs', how do you go about putting that content on your site?
    By acquiring the rights to it (if they're for sale), or simply by getting the permission of the copyright owner (which may well be readily given, in exchange for a live link) - after checking carefully that he really is the copyright owner, of course. Anything else is much too dangerous.

    An exception to the above: if the article is in an article directory, then (within the directory's terms of service, which will always include taking the entire article including its resource box and not amending any of it at all) it's fine to re-publish it exactly as it is (but not to re-write it), because that's what it's there for: authors who put their articles in article directories are giving the world permission to re-publish them, because that's the purpose that article directories serve: they make available content for syndication.
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  • Profile picture of the author vishwa
    Yes!You Can Rewrite the articles after taking the written consent from the actual writer Which No body Gives you. So, Better try to write something in your language. If you are trying to do it than you will probably facing some serious problem in the future.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    I don't think it is a good idea to rewrite the article. I've had articles of my own stolen in that way. A better way would be to come up with your own article on the subject. You can take ideas etc, but don't rewrite sentences and call it your own.
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  • Profile picture of the author pluto1
    I would not recommend re-posting on your blog the contents that someone else has copyright on. It is always a good idea to ask for their permission, or as Alexa pointed, check out article directories, but follow their rules.
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  • Profile picture of the author Laura Raisanen
    Definitely don't go down the route of rewriting someone else's article. It's always a good idea anyway to write something yourself - it's unique to you and gives people a reason to trust you.
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    • Profile picture of the author wtatlas
      If you think about it, the content you are thinking of copying, by rewriting or whatever, is on a blog which is a competitor. Isn't it better to come up with your own original take on the subject so that your content is better than theirs?

      This way you have no problems with copyright infringement and you have content which will make your own blog stand out from the crowd.
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  • Profile picture of the author daveskey69
    Thank you for all your advice. What if there is a news story that is really relevant to your niche? obviously, you won't be the one to report it first, so I guess you would just have to put the story in your own words, right?
    Like, I am going to be focusing on a specific women's health issue. So if a news story comes out about a new possible cure, for example, should I take that story and just put it in my own words? That's cool, right? And I should include a link back to the source of the original story?
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  • Profile picture of the author daveskey69
    yes, I agree with that, but I am talking about if a news story comes out with some new information or new research has been carried out. Surely, everyone is allowed to report on that news story, right?
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    In most cases, people don't mind if you borrow their content and leave a link back to their website where the original article can be found. I mean, why would they? You are essentially advertising their website for free. But never the less it can be risky.

    If I was you I would just conduct some more research and write a better article.
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    • Profile picture of the author bengirwb
      I have a site about bus travel in Mexico.
      There are plenty of articles and photos on vacation trips posted on personal blogs.
      I always ask for permission to reprint.
      Never been turned down.
      The process is called going viral.
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      • Profile picture of the author bengirwb
        Quote:

        a "derivative work" according the law of copyright (and according to everyday English, as well), and would invite legal, ethical, moral, and possibly DMCA and site take-down problems.

        Don't agree with this comment.

        There are "derivative" videos all over the place. It's called "mash ups" and is popular on YouTube etc.

        Even Yahoo features folks who act like network anchor folks while they show "derivative" stuff taken off newscasts.
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    • Profile picture of the author DeborahDera
      Uhm. I beg to differ. We DO mind when people "borrow" our content, regardless of the link; because the article is giving traffic to someone else's site instead of our own; and I have no idea how legitimate the site linking back to mine is.

      I once had a great massage article "borrowed" by a foreign "escort service." Think I liked having my legitimate site linked back to from theirs?




      Originally Posted by timbonitus View Post

      In most cases, people don't mind if you borrow their content and leave a link back to their website where the original article can be found. I mean, why would they? You are essentially advertising their website for free. But never the less it can be risky.

      If I was you I would just conduct some more research and write a better article.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by timbonitus View Post

      In most cases, people don't mind if you borrow their content and leave a link back to their website where the original article can be found. I mean, why would they?
      For any one of a variety of reasons, Tim.

      I make most of my living through the syndication of my content, but even I'm not keen on people just stealing it! :p

      To do this without asking permission is madness (as well as unpleasant and illegal): it's inviting a DMCA site takedown notice to be sent to your hosting company.
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  • Profile picture of the author daveskey69
    my main point here is not necessarily about copying someone's original article.

    Let's say a news story breaks on cnn.com about the subject your niche site is about.

    Surely, all bloggers are able to report that story, putting it in their own words? That's my point. If you do a blog about cancer, and then CNN report that scientists have discovered a new cure, then it's okay to read the story on CNN and then put it in your own words. That's what I'm asking, I guess.
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    • Profile picture of the author bengirwb
      Facts are facts and can not be copyrighted. You can copyright HOW you state the facts.

      You can rewrite news.
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      • Profile picture of the author Steve B
        One thing that you should consider, regardless of your particular stance on the issue of copyright, is this:

        How valuable will my article be to my reader?

        Put yourself in the role of the consumer of your content and ask yourself:
        • Would I rather read someone's rewrite of a topic or a brand new unique opinion and "take" on the topic?
        • Would I rather follow an author that is known for original ideas or am I going to get more out of reading constantly regurgitated similarity?
        • Which provides the most value in the niche: uniqueness or sameness?
        Here's the thing. I've tried originality and I've tried rewriting others' works. The time it takes to do both ends up being very similar once you understand how to get content ideas.

        If you can rewrite much faster than you can write original content, I would suggest you study and learn how to (1) come up with good ideas in the niche, and (2) simply and quickly put your thoughts into words (this is a very marketable skill, btw, that can be learned with practice.)

        I guess you know where I stand as both a writer and consumer of content.

        The best to all of you.

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  • Profile picture of the author isadoregregory
    i see no problem in re-writing that article as long as you get the permission of the original author or maybe you can write a new article revolving around the original article and giving it proper credit and citations on your post.
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