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?