Lately, I have been reading a lot of forum posts and Facebook group posts regarding plagiarism and chasing down people who copy Squidoo lenses and other articles. Plagiarism is running rampant on the internet recently. It seems to come and go in waves. I want to say clearly that I support the lensmasters who chase down plagiarists and who send out DMCA’s to take down plagiarized content. Plagiarism is illegal and it is stealing. This is true of both text content and image content.
However, I also wanted to state my opinion which may fly in the face of the uproar that has been heard lately, because this is how I operate. I prioritize my work day by what earns me the most money. I have mentioned this numerous times. It is not anything new. That means that anything that pays me gets done first, and anything that costs me money gets done second or not at all. That being said, chasing down plagiarists is not a priority for me. While I believe plagiarism is wrong and would love to wipe it out, I also am used to the realism of the retail world. Pretty much any idea that I come up with on my own, someone has already thought of, or will copy it in the next two years. I am used to constantly adding and changing my own work to increase business.
Frankly, I expect to have my ideas copied. And that is true of most fads, fashions, or ideas. A good example is how Pandora and Trollbeads bracelets used to be a unique jewelry idea, and now everyone and their brother has something similar.
I do want to state that this is my experience and my own opinion. But I have very little time to chase down what people are taking from me, because I am spending way more time on building my business. Life has never been fair, and inferior copies of products have been manufactured for a long time, whether it is writing or something else. My goal is to establish myself as an authority in whatever field I choose to be in and use that to propel forward in business. I find it easier to create new articles then rely on the old ones. And there is always a cost to doing business.
Personally I feel that making new lenses is better than trying to shore up old ones. I believe that articles have a shelf life, and unless you are continually updating them, eventually people will lose interest in them. My feeling is that if you spend most of your time chasing down annoyances, theives, and immoral people, you will find yourself bitter and unsatisfied.
I think that Squidoo still has plenty to offer for those lensmasters that can adapt and are willing to make changes, and I continue to build my own Squidoo library of lenses. For me, sometimes staying positive means ignoring the negative because it just brings me down. I find that my way works for me, so I thought that I would share it with you.