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Can I “Borrow” Someone Else’s Post?

Posts Are Not To Be Shared Without Permission Or Credit

No.  Linking to someone else’s post and stating your thoughts on their ideas, however, is completely acceptable. A post is not a sweater or a car, but it still is valuable and legally considered intellectual property. That is why, tempting as it may seem, you should never duplicate someone else’s content on your website.

Create a blogging strategy or read my suggestions for creating safe blog posts.  If you find you  need someone to blog for you because deciding and writing on blog topics is difficult and time consuming, consider guest blogging, hiring a blogger, or commenting on trends relating to your business that have been in the news.

By the way, copying someone else’s blog ensures that you do not have safe blog posts on your website.  To be safe, always  reference any other sites or material (such as books, journals, magazines, radio shows, etc.) you may be commenting on.  Editorials and commentaries are fine, plagiarism is not.  You can read more about what plagiarism is and is not at  However, this piece by Ithenticate gives some great advice on how plagiarism can harm your search engine optimization (SEO) and halt your success.

Jen Miller has been writing since she was a child and spent her early career years soaking up all the information she could discover as a journalist of newspapers and magazines. Getting out the message and spreading truth has always been a high priority for Jen. Jen began writing website content for clients in 1996 and started blogging in 2008 for That experience created a love for the blog and she has been an avid blogger ever since. Today she writes for her clients on a variety of topics as a ghostwriter/ghostblogger and connects their messages with personality through social media to deliver the most impact possible.

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