However, before I hit send, I decided to check out her blog to see if it appealed to me. What I found was so eye-catching about it were her “ADD TO GOODREADS” and “PURCHASE” buttons. They were the exact same as one of my favourite blog’s ones. Literally a mirror image. I thought I was just hallucinating but, nope. I compared ‘Bob’s’ blog with ‘Rob’s’ over and over and added this into my reply, “Additionally, I noticed on your blog, your amazon and Goodreads button links are identical to ‘Rob’s Reading Corner’. Rob (the owner of the blog) is my friend and greatly appreciated over the blogosphere. He has a copyright law on his products as he created those buttons. Please take precaution on what you are taking from as some can be others’ work. My advise is to create your own or use the standard one. If Rob has already allowed you use his material, I’m sorry for my meaningless caution but as I am aware that you are a new blogger, so please understand the copyright laws also applies in the blogging world. I know Rob is a hard worker and I really feel worried that his work is being copied. His link:_________”
(Oh and just to let you know, Bob and Rob are just pseudonyms!)
At this point, I wasn’t awfully bothered, I mean, new bloggers make mistakes so I sent the email and just left it alone for a week. What irked me was after this week, I had no reply whatsoever. I clicked on Bob’s profile and saw that his latest uptate was just recently on the Goodreads group asking for follow backs. Clearly, he had read my email and clearly had ignored it and clearly did not take action as I checked the blog for about 2 days. Taking a different approach, I contacted Rob about this whole issue, and guess what?! Rob detected the plagiarism just 2 hours before my informing. And guess what else? One of the reviews on Bob’s blog was a copied and pasted one. He had freakin copied word for word a review that someone else took time to write that Rob followed.
Now, finally after ALL this, Bob retreated, took off the review and changed the buttons.
So yeah, that was my experience and hope to never come across it ever again.
So here are my tips for bloggers:
1. Don’t plagiarise.
Simple enough, it applies everywhere in real life and is no exception in the blogosphere.
2. Make clear disclosures and credits.
Thank the publisher/publicist/author that sent their work to you publicly. Not only is it a nice gesture but it’s helpful to others to know.
3. Be honest.
I really detest it when I detect someone who is being dishonest in their review. Just because you have an ARC for review, does not mean you have to give positive feedback. The point of sending you the ARC was to make it more publicised and be helpful to buyers and fellow readers.
4. Don’t make fake accounts.
I’ve been on numerous self-published blog tours and to be honest, the some of the books are pretty… horrifying. Then I go on Goodreads and see the average rating is 4.76 or something. Yeah… so maybe I’m the black sheep, but what makes me become more assured about authors creating fake profiles is when I read the reviews. Especially if the book has not been published. Here’s my evidence:
- No profile picture
- Same month joined
- The review is short and talks about same things
- Friends with other no profile pictured users
- Only have written one review or even worse…
- Only have read one book
- No link to blog (as they received an ARC copy)
- The fake profiles like each other’s reviews to ensure that they are on the top
Yeah, I’m not too convinced. After the blog tour the rating drops down to like, 3.68. Am I being too picky or does my reasoning lead to some truth?
If you haven’t noticed, I link where ever possible. If I mention Goodreads for the first time in a post, I link to them. If I mention a publishing house, I link to them. It’s a quick, painless procedure so there shouldn’t be any excuses.
I hope that’s helpful and have fun blogging, guys! Link me up to your post!
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