Hi there! Here are some tips that will help you when you are using content that you have found very useful and want to share it within your own content.
How to cite content on your website:
It’s not enough to place quotation marks when citing someone’s exact words. You must state their name. Best practices suggest giving a link to their site or social media. You could do the following:
“…it takes courage to reach for a better life, to try something you’re a novice at, to risk embarrassment, and looking less than perfect, or failing. And courage is a choice.” Cynthia Occelli, CynthiaOccelli.com (follow her on Twitter)
To make sure that you are allowed to use a particular website’s content, consult their Content Usage Guidelines or write to them. Commonly, you will be able to cite parts of their content, not whole articles and publications.
If you want to provide data to support your content, link the specific page source and bold the cited text, like this:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that total employment is projected to increase 10.8 percent, or 15.6 million, during the (2012-2022) decade. This is great news!
To cite a citation (you found a citation on another site and you want to use it), the best practice is to mention that you found that citation in a particular site. Practices like this might be time consuming, but it creates credibility for you and builds better relationships with those in your industry.
How to cite social media content:
Facebook: This is easy. Click “share” below the post and proper credit will be given automatically.
Twitter: add the words “via @twitterusername” at the beginning or end of the re-tweet.
Pinterest: This is done automatically when you repin someone else’d pin. It’s good practice to always leave the original link in the pin. You may change the comment.
Google Plus: Here you must include the Google name of the original post. Write a + or @ and their Google name, and Google will automatically find them and pre-populate.
LinkedIn: Here you link the content, and mention the person’s (or company’s) name.
How to give credit to a guest blogger
Credit them by mentioning their name and allow them to include at least one link to their own website, and a space within the blog post for a short bio.
How to give proper credit to images and other visual content
Using images within your content is highly recommended. Always give credit unless you have, clear and specific, written consent or a license to use images.
Images and Photographs
How you credit images and photographs depends on where you get them.
Stock Images: These images are commonly royalty-free. You buy a license and can use the image without crediting the creator. Note: every stock image provider has it’s own rules, so make sure you read them. Some uses may be prohibited or require a specific license (ex. images used in calendars, t-shirts, cd covers, web themes for resale).
Creative Commons images: The Creative Commons website will provide you with images that you can use for free, provided you comply with their requirements. Often free use is disallowed for commercial usage.
As with all images, give proper credit to the creator of the infographic, including, at least, the name linking to their website.
Remember, it is never okay to take images from other websites. Always ask for permission or purchase the rights.
I hope these tips were useful. Let me know what you think on the comments below.