You Hired Someone To Write Your Website Content-Now What

Reblogger Lynn B. Friedman
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- Concierge Service

"WHAT?  How did this happen?" 
None of us want this to be our fate!

? with copyright symbolCindy Jones offers a wise word or two of caution!  For me - just choosing who I would want to do my website is a big decision!  I cannot imagine how I would feel if I were caught in the situation she describes! 
Have a happy day -
Lynn

Original content by Cindy Jones

Copyright Cartoon from iClipArt.comYou are proud of your new real estate website.  The company who helped build your site sends out an annoucement for you. It's picked up by Google and appears in a Google alert.  Another Realtor® opens the link to see what all the excitement is about.  That's when it happens.  You get an email saying "please remove my content from your website."  You are shocked.

The excuse you use in your reply is "we hired a third party" to write our content, we had no idea.  Unfortunately you aren't the first Realtor® who has used that reason as why the content on your site isn't original and you probably won't be the last.

Besides immediately removing the content from your website to avoid a copyright lawsuit, what recourse do you have against the person you hired to write your content?  It's a question anyone who hires a third party to write their website should be asking. 



Does the contract you are signing state the content will be original?

What are the penalties if it isn't? 

Will they give you a refund of your fee? 

Will they cover attorney fees or a copyright infringement lawsuit?

As excited as you may be with your new site you may want to take the extra step to run your website through Copyscape or another content checker to see if your "original" content pops up somewhere else.  If it does check it out.  The bottom line falls on you.   It's your name and contact information on the website another Realtor® sees.  You will be the one with the attorney letter in your hand and facing the penalities that U.S. Copyright law allows, not the third party you hired.  Think about it before you go live with your new website.



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Lisa Wetzel
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This happened to me ... we have an article that we wrote about 5 years ago about Homesteading you home in Nevada.  We have blogged it on various sites and it's been published and updated in local publications many time.  When I contacted the agent she was mortified!  Not only was she sorry about the mistake but she was hopping mad because she had paid a pretty price for the "right" to use the article.  They ended up pressing charges against the individual ... who by the way was an ActiveRain member.

Nov 19, 2011 09:12 PM #1
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Lynn... in addition to running into the "duplicate content" that can easily occur when you hire someone to write the content for your blog... really, for me, one of the purposes of my writing my blog is for folks to get to know the real me.  Building a relationship here, is key.  How can that happen when what your readers are reading... isn't about the real you.

I guess it might be likened to my placing a "personals" ad... and using Julia Roberts' picture instead of my own.  What's the point ?

Nov 19, 2011 09:12 PM #2
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Original, organic content on websites is the best way to move up in Google searches and avoid those terrifying and pesky content issues. Thanks for re-posting this excellent information.

Nov 19, 2011 09:20 PM #3
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I feel like there is so much more that we need to be aware of than ever before!

Nov 19, 2011 09:22 PM #4
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This is definitely something to think about Lynn.  We can run into this problem if you hire someone to write your content.  It's a pain, but probably best to write your own.  Great reblog!

Nov 19, 2011 09:34 PM #5
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Lynn - this is just freaking wow. i would not even have thought something like could happen, and now I clearly see that it was just plain naive on my part not to expect these things to happen.

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Dear Lisa -
WOW! What a difficult situation for all of you! Glad to hear that the woman sued those folks. 
Thanks for coming by!
Have a happy day -
Lynn

Nov 19, 2011 09:41 PM #7
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Lynn B. Friedman
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Dear Karen Anne,

Thanks for the comments.  I often agree with your reactions and this is no exception.  I struggle to keep up my online submissions and am not comfortable even asking my marvelous assistant to do the market reports! 

I have made friends and have worked on RE deals via AR - how would I do that if I weren't being me via writing for myself?

Have a happy day -
Lynn

Nov 19, 2011 09:44 PM #8
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Lynn thank you for the reblog.  I've decided the next time this happens I'm bringing out the big guns.  Tired of being a "nice" guy when my hard work ends up on someone elses website.

Nov 20, 2011 12:42 PM #9
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