Have you ever written an article only to find it's being used on other websites or blogs without your resource box attached?
If you write articles, chances are it's happened to you a time or two. For me, I found out strictly by accident. One day I was doing some web surfing in my niche and low and behold, there was one of my articles on a blog post with no resource box attached. Later on I found another one of my articles on another site that only included my first name and had no live links.
So what can you do when this happens? I'll discuss that in a minute, but first you have to find out who's using your articles.
Here's a method that I use:
Log in to Google alerts. With Google alerts you can get email notifications immediately, daily or weekly, delivered to your email address based on the keywords you choose.
For example, let's say you write an article about ‘how to write a dynamic resource box'. In the Google 'Create a Google Alert' box type the exact title of your article in the 'Search Terms' box.
In this case the search term would be: “how to write a dynamic resource box"
Type is: 'comprehensive'
How often: I use 'once a week'
Deliver to: your preferred email address
You will need to set up a Google alert for each article you write, however the process is fast and only takes a few minutes to set up.
To manage your Google alerts, login to your Google account. If you have a Google Adwords or Google Adsense account you can use those login Ids and passwords.
Now you may notice that not all alerts that come to your email will be your article. If there are other articles that have the exact same title as yours, those articles will turn up as well (a good reason to keep your article titles as unique as you can) but there won't be many.
So what can you do if your articles have no resource box?
If the offender is a blog post, I simply do a quick reply and mention that I'm the author of the post and suggest they visit my site or sign up for my newsletter or simply include my resource box in the reply. If it's a standard website I will send a message to the webmaster requesting they include my resource box or take down the article.
Of course, in some cases neither may work. For example the blog may not accept my comment or the website may not have a contact. I don't generally find too many of these but if this happens I don't recommend spending a lot of time on this, after all your time is far too valuable to waste on a witch hunt.
You can however report it to Google; they will remove sites if you can prove your allegations. You can also report the website to their web host requesting that they take action. For more serious action you could discuss it with a lawyer and then threaten to take them to court, I've found that to be the most effective.