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Steal My Content! Why I Uncopyrighted My Blog

I have now added my blog to the growing list of blogs that are uncopyrighted.

What does this mean? According to Leo Babauta:

That means I’ve put [my blog] in the public domain, and released my copyright on all these works.

There is no need to email me for permission — use my content however you want! Email it, share it, reprint it with or without credit….

Attribution is appreciated but not required.

In other words, for my content this means:

  • You can use Money Nomad content however and wherever you like. If you love one of my articles and think it would look good on your website, go ahead and add it. If you want to take all of my articles and put them in an ebook that you sell, go ahead and do it! If you’d like to print out my articles and distribute them to your neighbors, that’s fine as well.
  • I would love attribution, but it isn’t required. If you would like to mention that you found the article on Money Nomad, and include a link back to my website, that would be fantastic! However, if you decide to plagiarize, that’s completely fine on my part.
  • My content found on other website, or sold in ebooks, is still copyrighted. If you find my name on a blog post or ebook around the web, this uncopyright does not apply. There are many businesses who pay me good money for my content and we should respect their rights to maintain copyright if that is something they wish to do. Additionally, if I develop an ebook and sell it, I would still appreciate you purchasing it to support my business (although sharing with friends is completely acceptable).
  • Guest posts from others on Money Nomad are their property. Although I’m sure they would be happy to share, if an article was written by someone else besides me (Rob Erich), then you should contact that individual before using their content.

Why did I uncopyright my blog content and is it going to destroy my blog?

There are a variety of reasons that I’ve decided to uncopyright my blog; some are altruistic, but I’m no saint. I actually believe that this decision is good for business. Let me tell you why…

Trying to chase “borrowers” takes a lot of work

I’ve discovered that there are quite a few people using my content around the web. Trying to find these people and demand that they remove my articles from their websites would take a lot of work. The amount of time that I would invest in monitoring this would limit the amount of content that I can produce.

Considering imitation is the highest form of flattery, I’ve just decided to take these reposts of my content as a compliment to my writing.

The purpose of my content is to educate, entertain, and inform

Writing is a way to make the world a better place. Although many of my posts may be trivial, I’d like to think that occasionally I write something that could have a substantial impact on someone’s life. The more people who read my content, the more of an impact I can have – regardless of who gains credit, blog views, or advertising revenue from the content.

Many successful and famous people don’t use copyrights

In addition to those who were around before copyright law (Shakespeare, Beethoven, Da Vinci, etc.), multiple modern bloggers are gaining substantial success using uncopyright.

Not having a copyright gets your name and content in front of more people. If they like what they read, they’ll go looking for your website to learn more about you and what you write.

It’s less effort than guest posting

I see uncopyright as a cheaper way to guest post. I’ve spent hours writing content for other people’s sites in an attempt to get free publicity. The clicks are generally pretty few. Instead of writing articles for other people’s websites, I can just let them take the best of Money Nomad! This will increase the visibility of my website without requiring hours of writing for other people’s sites.

It makes content curation easier for others

As a blogger, being mentioned on MSN, Yahoo, or other content curation sites results in huge amounts of traffic. Meanwhile, there are many small curation sites that can still provide substantial traffic.

Rather than require these services to reach out to me to post my content, they can simply take it and use it – saving them and me time!

How can you benefit from my uncopyrighted content?

Some of you may be getting pretty excited! The thought of being able to borrow my content for your own website could add a substantial amount of value to your own readers – a win for both of us!

After all, you could take my blog posts, add your affiliate links and start making all kinds of money!

And that’s the purpose of this. I want to help other bloggers, and myself. If you can make a few bucks from affiliate links in my content, that’s great!

However, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind when posting my content:

  • If you copy ALL of my content, it could hurt your SEO. You’re probably better off using a few articles here and there rather than trying to copy my entire blog.
  • When you attribute the content to me, it keeps your audience from becoming confused. Very few people have similar writing styles. If you claim my articles as your own, and then writing one yourself that sounds completely different, your audience may be confused or disappointed. The easiest way to maintain loyalty with your audience is to make it clear that this is a guest post originally from Rob, the blogger behind MoneyNomad.com.

That’s it! Now go start “stealing” my content. 🙂

Additionally, if you’d like to make your blog uncopyrighted, let me know by leaving a comment over on this blog post and I’ll add you to the list. And who knows, if I like your content, I may add it to my blog with a link back to your site!

Finally, what are your thoughts? Have I just ruined my opportunity to make Money Nomad a success, or will this actually help my blogging in the long run?

Rob

Rob is enthusiastic about everything related to money and investing. A financial analyst and instructor, he enjoys using what he’s learned from 10 years of studying business and money to help others achieve financial stability. He founded Money Nomad in 2014!

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24 Comments

        1. Hahaha. You know, I’m sure if you legitimately aggregate content from a bunch of websites you could make a fortune and be hired for consulting (I mean, isn’t that what MSN and Yahoo do? Pick up other people’s content?).

  1. Cool, thanks its sometimes so hard to get info without wondering about having to pay for it or copy right.

    1. It’s true! I hate trying to know how much/little of other people’s work I can incorporate into my own. So I thought this would make it a bit easier for others! Let me know if you ever repost any of my work and I’ll certainly share it across my social media following.

  2. Great stuff! Maybe I will “borrow” your stuff in the future. First time I’ve been on this site and I’m impressed. Great post. We basically have the same reasons as to why I keep mine un-copyrighted too. Feel free to steal mine. 🙂

    1. It’s definitely a newer concept for me too – but I think it has potential to benefit the blogger and those who value his/her content. So we’ll see how this effects Money Nomad over the next few months. If you decide to share a post or two (or if you would like one of your posts reposted here) feel free to let me know and I’ll share!

    1. Absolutely! Feel free to borrow to your heart’s content. And, if you share it with me, I’ll certainly retweet it.

  3. Hola Rob! I normally don’t leave comments on blogs, but in this case, I had to make an exception.

    I discovered your blog while searching “uncopyright” on Google, and looking at the sites of other “uncopyrighters”. Your content seems very, very interesting to me, as I’m personally trying to make a living from my website, and I also have the goal of becoming location independent.

    As you mention in your other post, A List of Uncopyrighted Bloggers, I would like to add my blog to the list.

    My site is inglesk.com. It’s written in Spanish (my native language), and its purpose is to show Spanish speakers how to master the English language on their own, without taking classes, without memorizing grammar rules, and most importantly, using content in English that they actually enjoy.

    My site is also entirely uncopyrighted, of course! You can find my uncopyright page here: http://www.inglesk.com/2015/04/uncopyright.html

    Thank you very much for your attention Rob. I’ll be checking your content soon, and I wish you best in all your current projects 🙂

    1. Fantastic! I’ll add your blog to the list right away. Keep up the great work and I appreciate you being willing to share your content with others. Good luck on your journey toward location independence!

  4. Hi, I found your articule trying to find a way to remove copyright form my creations. As it is now, I do now have register any of my songs but I do plan to do it, how ever, I’m afraid i will then prefer something like a creative commons license or simply “uncopyright” my stuff, which gets to my question. Is this what you did? Did you literally took copyright away form file that usted to be legally protected?

      1. Hi Cesar, with this article here, I am simply saying that anyone has permission to re-post my articles elsewhere. Of course, I prefer people to give me credit, but that’s not required. Regarding your music, I’m not sure what the legal process would be. If you make a statement online saying that others have permission to use it, that may cover your basis, but I can’t say for sure.

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