On this virtual world of the internet, any article can be duplicated or copied. Be it a free blogger or a webmaster, no one is an exception. In order to protect your posts from being copied many admins follow multiple methods. Some copyrights are based on 'virtual' ownership and some or legally owned. In virtual ownership, you will be mentioned as the owner of the original post or the blog/website. If someone copies it, you cannot take any legal action, except reporting it to Google or any other search engine to remove the duplicate content from their respective listings. In legal ownership, which is a practical and non-virtual ownership, you legally file a case on the duplicated content. The former is easy and the latter is tedious. Nonetheless, I will provide some information with which you can display content ownership on your blog.
1. If you are using a Blogspot blog, log in and navigate to the layout. In the layout, you will see an option called attribution at the bottom of the page. Click on edit and then you will be prompted to write (in a pop-up) something in the box. Write the name of your blog, year and write 'All Rights Reserved" and save it.
2. Digital Millenium Copyright Act Services (DMCA) is a paid service but an excellent service which protects your content in the virtual world. You can signup and pay for their (monthly or yearly) charges in order to stick a copyright protection badge to your blog. If any infringement happens, they will handle all the legal actions and you will be compensated accordingly. They also have plenty of other options such as content monitoring, content theft research, website takedown and much more. You can check this at https://www.dmca.com
3. Use Google Alerts to protect your static pages. Protecting all articles with Google Alerts can be tedious as you have to input all URL's that need to be monitored. Instead of that, you can insert URL's of all pages in your blog with specific keywords (such as neethu's home page, neethu's profile, neethu's post etc) for each URL. Google will check if the pages are replicated based on the keywords you input.
4. Plagiarism checking is one of the popular free tools which many users and admins will check for a duplicated content. You just need to copy your post into the plagiarism tool and click on check. The free online tool will search the internet which has similar content and will display links below. You can visit the links and simply send an email to the publisher stating that you are the owner of the content and ask them to remove the post. Though it is highly unlikely that he/she may remove that post, yet it is worth a try.
You can visit https://edubirdie.com/plagiarism-checker to check the duplicated content of your posts.
5. Add feed footer in your blog settings. But first, you need to burn your feed in Feedburner. Go to Feedburner.com and make an RSS feed of your blog. RSS feed is nothing but an automation mailing system with which an email is sent to subscribers (as a short summary) whenever you publish a new post. The feed URL will be http://feeds.feeburner.com/YOU-BLOG-NAME. Once you get your feed URL, go to settings in your blogspot dashboard, then navigate to other settings and in other settings enter the feed URL and in Site Feed options. Change the 'Allow blog Feed' option to Full. Then in post feed footer, add your Blog name, year and "All Rights Reserved". This will protect your posts by simply disabling other users to infringe your blog feed.
Finally, it is a little difficult to constantly monitor your content 24/7 but it is good to take necessary measurements.
Dr. V. Shashikanth