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Republishing Article From Others On Our Website With "Courtesy Of"?

     
9:18 am on Dec 15, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I've recently seen that my original written article with author bio has been republished somewhere else with the sentence something like
Article courtesy of SocialTimes | RSS Feed


I've found this source while checking back-link report as I got linked through the Anchor Text from Author Bio.

So, I just wondered that would it harm my website or is it okay?

Should i use this technique for my website to publish niche article from top authority websites?

Your early answer would be appreciated.
4:04 pm on Dec 15, 2015 (gmt 0)

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Copyright infringement is illegal, with or without a credit line.
4:41 pm on Dec 15, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I wouldn't do it, and I turn off my RSS feeds so people can't do it with my content. Republishing content (even if it's from a "top authority website") isn't going to help you in the search engines, and if your percentage of republished content is anywhere close to your percentage of original content, it could very well hurt you.
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There's no reason why they need the full article - that's just plain content theft in the flimsy guise of a link. It's your content, and only you, as the originator, should reap the full benefit.
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I think the OP is asking if he can do the same.

Personally, I wouldn't, not without express permission from the author, and only if that article had any purpose for my site.

Meanwhile, I echo the others that letting YOUR content appear elsewhere without your permission, regardless of whatever they say is an attribution (which is not even YOU if you read it properly) is not a wise decision. I'd be on them like white on rice, telling them to take it down in no uncertain terms, and if not complied with immediately, then send a DMCA to them, their host, and google, too.
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I just wondered that would it harm my website or is it okay?

What difference does it make? Do you suppose that if someone burglarized Bill Gates's house, he would shrug it off because, heck, he can afford the loss and maybe the burglar will even tell his friends what a nice house it was? Theft is theft.
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So @lucy24, what should I do? Should I complain to Google about this?
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4:25 am on Dec 17, 2015 (gmt 0)

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I certainly would not do that. Don't republish anyone else's articles. I would certainly use the feedback button at the bottom of any search page that brings up the copycat page to report the infringement. You can file a dmca complaint with google & you can file a policy violation complaint with adsense if they are running google ads.

If the incoming link is actually helping you more than the original content then maybe just let it fly & spend your time making a new article. In any case you would not want your high-value content or a large percentage of your original work being stolen even if some of it was actually brining you traffic.
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Thank you so much guys for your valuable suggestions.
7:34 pm on Dec 17, 2015 (gmt 0)

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If you are using Wordpress, the Yoast plugin allows you to put links back to your site in the RSS. Also you can limit the RSS with a summary excerpt. But if they copied the page and not use RSS that's a different matter .
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The rss is an important point. If you are allowing syndication of your articles or portions thereof then you might want to disable or adjust that. I assume this is not the case & the article is being copied & pasted... which is bad.
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Yeah @Raseone, that's really worthless of copying original work from somewhere else and pasted it into your website.
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Post partial content in your feeds. Include a link back to the original website. A common practice is the 'The blog post - Star Wars breaks all box office records appeared first on mywebsite.com." This would have link to the blog post and the blog.
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Hi @raseone and @morpheus83. You can read full article from top to bottom with Author Bio. They mention each Article as "Article courtesy of WEBSITE NAME | RSS Feed". They are actually mentioning source as RSS Feed. Hence, Is it necessary to complain google regarding this?
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If you do want the content to be removed file a DMCA with the web host.