In light of recent events where several fanfics were plagiarized, I thought it would be a good idea to bring people’s attention to the magic of Google Alerts. Many of us have already changed our HTML to disable right-click and highlighting, but this would be an additional step to a) further protect original content, and b) see who else may have uploaded it elsewhere (since it’s hard to catch every violation). It’s like Googling your own stuff, except Google does it for you and tells you if it found anything.
To use Google Alerts:
- Go to Google Alerts.
- In the “Create an alert about…” box, enter a phrase or sentence from your original content. Make sure to include quotation marks around your entry to limit the results to your specific content. I recommend using sentences unique to your story.
- In the “Show options” drop-down menu, you can
further customize your alert. This includes telling Google how often you want to be emailed of any results. I recommend changing the “How often” option to “As-it-happens“ and changing the “How many” option to “All results.”
- Click the Create Alert button.
- Sit back as Google hunts down anyone who took your hard work!
Hope this helps!