The intention behind copying and pasting such lists on another blog is usually done out of support and caring. They want to help the original blogger spread their helpful list around. They also want to store this list on their blog for their own reference, and hopefully help their readers by supplying the list. It’s usually done without the intension of causing harm, but it is harmful.
Do not copy and paste another blogger’s list because it is a violation of their copyright. If you don’t have permission, you have violated their copyright and the DMCA laws. This could result in a request from the author to remove the content, and/or more penalties against your blog.
Do not copy and paste another blogger’s list because a link is usually sufficient. And your blog readers will love you for the recommendation, coming back for more recommendations like this.
Do not copy and paste another blogger’s list because it creates trackbacks to all links in the list, which confuses readers and bloggers, who may mistake your post as the source of the list and not the original author. This hurts the original author and loses them the attention and acclaim they deserve for the hard work in putting together the list in the first place. You certainly didn’t put any effort into your copy and paste, did you? Let credit go to the deserving.
Do not copy and paste another blogger’s list because the trackback links it creates could generate a negative response to your blog from other bloggers who know you are copying the original content and violating the original author’s copyright. This doesn’t help your online reputation much.
Do not copy and paste another blogger’s list because Google checks other blogs as well as your own for duplicate content and you’ve just duplicated someone’s content. Your blog could be penalized in page ranking as a potential splog and scraper.
Do not copy and paste another blogger’s list because because your readers aren’t stupid. They know you’ve copied this, making it appear as your own when it’s not, whether the intention to give credit back is clear or not. Show respect to other bloggers, and in turn, your readers will respect you. No one likes a cheat.
Do not copy and paste another blogger’s list because it’s not a compliment. It’s not a nice thing to do. It doesn’t help the blogger. And it doesn’t help your readers to know that you are copying other people’s content and using it instead of recommending it.
Be careful with what you copy from other blogs and resources. You maybe restricted by many copyright web standards and policies which state, like my copyright policy, that fair use is restricted to 10% of the post content, or approximately 400 words. Some bloggers have stated that this means you can use the lessor of the two amounts, or the maximum of the two numbers without permission. Either way, copying the whole thing can bring a wrath of trouble you don’t need.
Blog fair and you will be rewarded by other bloggers and your readers.
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