Feb 25, 2013 – 89% Of Nigerian Bloggers Are Copycats & Plagiarists – Report By Onome Njoku
Here is an unedited email NaijaGists.com received from a blogger who identified herself as Onome Njoku…. In the email the blogger made her mind known on the stage of plagiarism plaguing the web today especially among Nigerians and Nigeria-born bloggers.
Note: we have hidden the blogs accused of plagiarism in this email to avoid self promotion conflict.
Read the email below.
Please NaijaGists editor I want to use this medium to vex my mind on this issue.
I happen to be a seasoned Nigerian blogger but I can call myself a reader instead because I don’t blog that much these days due to study commitment.
I’m a constant visitor to your blog which I quite appreciate for its uniqueness and stuff but I find it annoying to see contents of other blogs especially from your blog and ***** **** copied all over the web.
Last week I found myself surveying most of these blogs (***blogs hidden to avoid conflict of interest****) and to my surprise, these blogs are all full of copied contents which quite upset me.
Why do I call them copycats?
Instead of writing their own unique contents, they are fond of copying contents words for words without due credit to the original source.
It’s not done that way.
Nigerian Bloggers Must Learn To Be Unique
If you are a blogger reading this piece, I will give you three piece of advice that might be of help
Is either you quit blogging completely because you are lazy to begin with or you find another job.
We your readers are tired of seeing copied bunch of nonsense we have already went through in other sites copied and dumped on your site.
Try and be unique. Create something other bloggers have never created before.
If you happen to occasionally use other blogs’ content, try and cite the original source. (If you don’t cite the source, you are stealing their content and it is a web crime called Plagiarism )
Lastly here are my priceless advice for lazy Nigerian bloggers out there.
- Wake up and realize that uniqueness is the key to success. If you are in the habit of copying and pasting contents from other blogs, you will not rank in Google
- Plagiarism is a crime: If you are a copycat who copied other sites’ contents word for word constantly without due credit to the original source, the owner of the original content might file a DCMA action against you …so why bother in the first place.
- Your ranking will not improve: If articles on your sites are duplicates of other articles on the web, your ranking will remain PR 0 but with original contents, you can easily achieve a PR of 3 or 4 which will help you greatly and this will affect your bottom line. (that is the hidden secret of successful blogs)
- Successful and popular bloggers write original contents: Blogs like *** blogs hidden to avoid self promotion***and others are sites that write original contents. Most and these sites perform well in Google search.
Give this a try if you want your blog to achieve excellence.
Stop disgracing Nigeria, be unique.
About the author: Onome Njoku is a seasoned blogger and 400 level UNILAG Accounting Student.