How to Let Google Know Your Article Originated on Your Website?
Google considers websites to be a form of “publication,” and as such, they value being able to accurately attribute content and web pages to their original sources…just like traditional publications. This is known as author attribution or content integrity, and it’s something that Google consistently emphasises to news publishers and bloggers around the world.
Put yourself in the shoes of a publisher. How would you like to see your work credited? You’re probably thinking that it would be great to see your work appear alongside famous journalists and authors in all the major news publications. But hold on – that’s probably not going to happen. What you need to do instead is to ensure that when an editor’s desk opens up next to a piece of yours, that you get the credit for having written it.
How can you do that? The answer is quite simply – get it published on a reputable website that already has an established audience.
Make sure you’ve got something worth publishing. According to HubSpot Blogs research, the biggest mistake new authors make is submitting poorly written content to online publications simply because they think that it will get them credit. This kind of content often ends up being poorly received by the audience and potentially, even the publication itself.
When you submit content to a publication, whether it’s published on a website, in a magazine or in a book, the first thing the editor will do is attempt to verify the facts, sources and data presented within it. This is why it’s important to ensure that the content you submit is of a high standard and not just some hastily thrown-together blog post.
The easiest way to do this is to make sure that the website you choose to publish on is a reputable one. You would ideally want to pick somewhere that has a good reputation for having a neutral point of view and for dealing with content of a high quality.
The Importance Of Citation
When you publish an article on a website, the easiest way to ensure that journalists, bloggers, and other content creators are able to find and cite your work is to do so correctly and in detail. Google and other search engines value being able to accurately attribute content to its source, and doing this means that your work will be more discoverable and easier for people to find and cite.
There are two main ways in which you can properly cite an article – manually and automatically. Manual citation involves you going back through the article and either inserting specific citations or using online tools to do the citing for you. Automatic citation is handled by the publication itself – if you publish your article on a website that has enough clout with the press (and enough integrity itself!), then the articles that are published on it will be correctly attributed to you.
You don’t necessarily need to have a powerful website to be able to secure automatic citation – plenty of smaller publications function on a similar basis. It’s usually the case that the bigger the website, the more influential and reliable its source is often assumed to be. This is especially the case with big news websites, who will often work with well-known media brands to secure the most prominent positions on their site.
The Importance Of Plagiarism
Even if you’ve written a completely original piece, it’s still considered plagiarism if you don’t cite your sources. When you write an article for publication, it’s usually a good idea to look through the existing research and see if there are any other sources that can be cited. This will help you avoid any plagiarism accusations when you submit your article for publication.
Researching and appropriately citing the work of other scholars, journalists, and authors can be extremely time-consuming. Unless you have a full-time researcher assisting you, it’s usually a good idea to find an online tool that can perform automatic plagiarism detection for you.
The bottom line is that if you’re submitting an article to be published somewhere, then you need to make sure that it’s been written according to prevailing journalistic standards and is presented in an interesting and engaging manner. As much as possible, you want your work to be accurately attributed to you as the author. The easier you make this for journalists and other content creators, the more likely they are to recognise your work and give you the credit you deserve.