I’m sure every webmaster comes across websites that copy their content either manually or automatically using RSS feeds. Even I’ve faced this situation several times earlier, but used to neglect thinking Google will have the commonsense (mechanism) to find out original content from the duplicates. However, to my despise, Google has penalized some of my websites thinking me as a content scraper. All the websites that’ve copied my content used to rank higher than mine. Things started changing once I filed a DMCA complaint to Google about the content scrapers. All my lost rankings came back to the normal state.
So, I advise everyone to submit a DMCA request to Google immediately if you find any websites stealing your content, so that your website won’t get penalized.
PS: I’ve used my technology blog “www.techzene.com” as an example, but fortunately it’s not the site that got affected by Google Panda/Penguin updates. It was my affiliate site that got affected during the Panda reign.
Find the List of Websites that Copied your Content
To find the list of websites that copied your articles, all you’ve to do is either use services like CopyScape or simply check manually. In order to check for duplicate content manually, just pick up a few lines from your article and perform a Google search with double quotes.
Report URLs/Websites with Copied Content to Google
Once, you found the websites that copied your content, go to Google DMCA page and file a DMCA complaint against the website.
Remember to select “Blogger” in case if the website who copied your posts is hosted for free on Blogger/Blogspot. Else, select “Web Search”.
Follow the Video Tutorial if you’ve any confusion related to filing a DMCA complaint.
Do you want to remove duplicate content sites from search indexing, then do file a DMCA takedown request and let Google know that yours is the original content.
All the Best. Do let us know your experiences of fighting with content scrapers.
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