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It has been said that imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but I think it is the greatest form of laziness as well. Let’s take Well Written Copy.com for instance.
I was doing some routine Web analytics as I do from time to time and noticed that the website “wellwrittencopy.com” has plagiarized much of Wordszilla’s content word for word (from my FAQ page and the Terms of Service page). This fascinates me in countless ways…I’ll touch upon a couple of them.
But before I do that, I just want to have on record that I saved a screenshot of their “Descriptions/FAQ” page for evidence (snippet seen below), as well as their page source code.
(My “favorite” part not shown above: the genius who copied my text also copied a link pointing back to my website. If you click on the “Terms of Service” link found under the heading “Do you have a refund policy?” on their website, it will take you to Wordszilla. I couldn’t make this stuff up.)
Well Written Copy.com still has my copy displayed on their website (as of this post). I emailed them yesterday, demanding that they remove my content from their website, and I have yet to hear back from them (I emailed to their “editing” email address as well as filled out their contact form field).
But why even copy text from another website in the first place? Are they trying hard to live up to the “copy” aspect of their domain name? Obviously they thought that they wouldn’t be caught, but I even have a Copyscape icon on my home page. I check, people. I display the Copyscape logo because I use it. I narrow it down to these things: laziness and the lack of writing skills.
Additionally, wouldn’t this make you question the company’s ethics for their service? If they can’t even write the text for their own website, what makes you think they can write anything for you?
I had spent days coming up with original content for Wordszilla’s website and I’m not going to let this company/individual steal my hard work. In the emails I have sent, I demanded that they remove my content from their website by today. I’ll check their website tomorrow (Saturday, July 18th) and see if it is still displayed.
If they liked the way I worded things so much, they could have at least paid me to write something for them, right?
So, we’re at it again. This is the second website that I found copying Wordszilla’s terms of service page (the first one being Well Written Copy.com). This company, Global Scientific Editing, took the liberty to pay homage the pirate way: by pilfering with no thought of consequences.
As seen above, they took a lot of Wordszilla’s text word for word and simply switched in their company name. As with the other website that plagiarized my work, I have one question: What went through their minds when they copied the bullet point that says, “By submitting a document, you confirm that it is your own work and not copyrighted or plagiarized material.”
Honestly, what went through their minds? Someone please tell me. I have to know. The company claims to have “PhD level” scientists editing all submissions. Hey, here’s an idea. How about have one of them write up some new material. They should be smart enough to create some original content, right? I’m only a lowly bachelor of arts English major and I could do it.
So, would anyone feel comfortable enlisting this company to edit anything? I wouldn’t.
Just like the other website, I emailed them twice (two different email addresses) yesterday asking them to remove my content from their website, and as of this post they have not.
In any case, I will do everything I can in order to have Global Scientific Editing remove my content from their website; it’s the principle of the thing.
There are myriad blogs serving as a resource for English grammar or writing tips, so it was rather difficult creating a platform that will not only be unique, but useful…and hopefully entertaining.
With this in mind, the goal of Wordszilla’s blog is to be a fountainhead of original information for anyone that needs real-life solutions for their writing—in business, the collegiate setting, and everything in between. Wordy’s Wisdom plans to slightly deviate from the conventionally outlined “dos and don’ts” of writing and will aspire to provide insight that may not have been supposed or expounded upon before in other mediums.
One of the difficulties of hosting a blog—when your business is editing and writing—is that your writing style will be under an extremely intense magnifying glass. Grammar mistakes, vocabulary usage, ideas for topics…everything will be under scrutiny due to our business genre of editing and writing.
The thing to remember is that writing for a blog is different than writing business website content, a fiction book, or a college essay. Although Wordszilla is founded on professionalism, the Wordy’s Wisdom blog will have a more colloquial, personal tone that will hopefully enlighten and encourage interaction with readers.
Blog Post Rundown
Our plan is to post weekly on Mondays, with each week rotating these four categories:
- Business Topics
- Personal Projects
- What’s Up, Wordy?
Business and individual project topics will feature productive approaches in which you can improve your focus when writing and avoid static, mundane messages. Each entry will center around a specific business or writing project, drawing upon previous company and personal experiences with documents.
Example spotlights during a business topic week could include exemplifying website content for your psychology practice, learning how to keep outgoing business letters within the construction industry professional, or steps to follow while composing an instruction manual for computer software. Likewise, individual project topic weeks will gear towards subjects such as writing an attention-grabbing personal statement for law school or methods on how to develop well-rounded characters in a fantasy novel.
Guest interview posts will feature individuals from various occupational backgrounds in prominent positions within their industry and will highlight their opinions on the importance of writing and communication in business.
Lastly, “What’s Up, Wordy?” is the opportunity for readers to have their blog-related questions answered in a prototypical Q&A session. Any questions akin to editing or writing topics are welcomed, with the most notable being listed and answered in a post.
Interaction from readers is most certainly welcome, whether it is how our blog posts can be more informative, how we can improve on our weekly categories, or how our custom writing and copy editing service can better cater to your needs. Simply scroll down to the bottom of the post and leave a reply or email us at email@example.com.
Who’s the Author?
At this present time, all blog posts will be written by me, Luis D. Bonilla, the owner and editor-in-chief of Wordszilla, LLC.
A little about myself…I have earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University (’05) and have since held writing and editing positions for a couple of companies. Presently, while overseeing the day-to-day operations of Wordszilla, I am employed as an SEO analyst for OrangeSoda, a search engine marketing company based in American Fork, Utah.
I enjoy the challenges of writing and editing different styles of texts and assisting people with their personal written projects—the main sentiment behind the creation of Wordszilla.
And thus concludes the introduction to Wordy’s Wisdom. Be sure to bookmark our blog so you may stay current on the latest posts. Thanks for reading!