5 Ways in Which You Can Avoid Plagiarism in Your Blogs
“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
We know writing a blog was never an easy task. It takes such a long time to surf the internet and brainstorm ideas to present your idea in the most unique way possible. One thing that we believe every blogger by heart would like to avoid is plagiarism in their blogs.
But, what if unknowingly we end up framing similar ideas like somebody else? We understand that sometimes the intention is not to copy but it can help anybody and this is called accidental plagiarism. Let us give you a very prominent example of a victim of accidental plagiarism. She is a widely known writer all over the globe and her name was Helen Keller, a deaf and blind American author. She thought she was writing her own idea of a story, ‘The Frost King’ but ended up writing a story that was read to her as a little child that she did not remember.
Although while starting a career in blogging, people often have sufficient knowledge on how to avoid copy infringement in images, when it comes to writing, bloggers often get tangled on how to avoid plagiarism in their pieces of writing.
That being the case, this blog will effectively highlight the top 5 ways in which you can avoid plagiarism in your blog. So, let’s dive right into the blog and understand different ways to get rid of plagiarism in your well-written blogs.
5 Effective Strategies to Sidestep Plagiarism in Your Blogs
1. Develop your own writing style
It is very correctly said that you can copy the ideas but you can never copy the writing style of someone else. All the writers have their own style of writing that differentiates them from everyone else. Hence, the very first long-term strategy that can assist you in avoiding plagiarism in your blogs is to develop your own unique style of writing. For example, you can develop a writing style of presenting every piece of information with an in-depth cause and effect relationship or you can develop a habit of presenting your information with informative examples.
When you develop a unique style of writing for yourself, you will end up writing every point in your own unique way. This will gradually assist you in avoiding plagiarism in your blogs and it will also add to your self-improvement as a thriving blogger.
Moreover, when you develop a unique writing style, you will also start adding value to your blogs which will assist you in attracting more and more readers. This will assist you in enhancing the quality of your website and will ultimately assist you in the successful accomplishment of your SMART goals of writing blogs.
2. Give your blog a unique structure
A difference between structures can add a completely new perspective to a topic because structures give an impression of your blog to the readers. Besides, when you give a unique structure to your blog, you end up giving more information about the topic in your own unique way. Hence, this becomes another tremendous strategy through which you can avoid plagiarism in your own way.
For example, if you are writing a blog on the same topic you are reading right now, to make it different from ours, you can define different types of plagiarism first and then define different ways or methods in which readers can avoid plagiarism in their pieces of content. It will not get counted under plagiarism because you are not copying from us and you are giving unique content from us as well just by using a different approach or structure of presenting the information.
3. Develop a strong understanding of the topic
In the world of the internet, it is really simple to press ctrl C+ ctrl V and copy the exact same ideas as someone else. But we don’t want to do that because we don’t want plagiarized content in our blogs, right? Hence, whenever you write about any topic, it is really essential to first understand the topic effectively and then write about it.
From the same internet where many people simply do ctrl C + ctrl V, you can literally learn about any topic you wish to write about. Other than that, you have books, magazines, and so on to enhance your knowledge and add a unique touch to your unique content.
When you will thoroughly understand the concept, you will also be able to add new ideas and through that can assist you in giving a completely new perspective to a topic. This will assist you in avoiding plagiarism in your blogs effectively.
Besides, even if you are not able to add a new perspective, learning from different sources will give you enough knowledge to rewrite the information in a meaningful way. This will gradually assist you in avoiding plagiarism in your blogs.
4. Give proper attribution to all your sources
When you are writing a blog, it is not bad to take information from other sources unless you give proper credit to the sources you are taking information from. For example, you are writing a blog that requires the inclusion of statistical information. Now, you can not obviously conduct research every time yourself and you will need other sources to validate your information. In these cases, it is really essential to give proper credit to the sources. Below mentioned are multiple ways in which you can give credit to the corresponding pieces of information.
Citations - Effective knowledge of citations is a must-have if you are into academic writing or even provide blogs around it. This form of attribution is essential if you are citing information from academic papers or journals like Sage, or ScienceDirect. You can cite the citations manually or can even use various tools to auto generate the citations by simply adding the doi or name of the article you are citing from.
Hyperlinks - If you are a professional blogger or even a budding one, it is very essential for you to know that adding hyperlinks is a great way to optimize the SEO of your website. Hence, it can also be a beneficial way for you to attribute the sources you are taking information from.
Mentions - Last but not least, the way to attribute is simply to mention the name of the author or website you are using for information. For example, at the very beginning of the blog, you read a great quote given by Herman Melville. Now here, we simply mentioned the name of the author instead of citing the quote or giving it a hyperlink.
Even if you are paraphrasing tools for improving your blog’s content, giving proper attributions to the sources will assist you in avoiding plagiarism and will also make your blog more authenticated.
5. Use a plagiarism check tool
Technology has a solution to everything. So, last but not least, a strategy that can assist you in avoiding plagiarism is using a plagiarism checker tool. There are many paid or free plagiarism checker websites and tools that are available online and can assist you in checking whether your blog is plag free or not. The plagiarism tool will check and highlight if your piece of content matches any other online available source or not.
However, it is essential that you always rely on credible or authoritative tools that can completely ensure that your blogs do not contain plagiarism of any sort. There are plenty of credible plagiarism checker tools available that offer plagiarism checks in their free or premium version.
To encapsulate, plagiarizing content only disrupts your reputation as a blogger. Hence, it is always advisable to avoid plagiarism or any type to ensure that you always offer high-quality content to your readers and to search engines. Moreover, the above-given strategies will effectively assist you in avoiding plagiarism and make your blogs more valuable and authentic.
Jessica Robinson loves to write interesting and knowledgeable blogs regarding business management, education and life to satiate the curiosity of her lovely readers. Currently, she is serving as a content manager at the ‘Speaking Polymath’. Every piece of content that she writes demonstrates her immense love and passion for her profession.