I’m sure every webmaster comes across different websites that copy the content published on his blog either manually or automatically using RSS feeds. Even I’ve faced this situation several times earlier, but I used to neglect such activities hoping Google will have the minimum commonsense (mechanism) to find out the 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 have had the copied content used to rank higher than mine. Things started changing once I filed a DMCA complaint with Google about the content scraper websites. All my lost rankings came back to the normal state. Of course, it took a while to get the things back to normal.
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.
Steps to File a DMCA Complaint with Google
1. Find the List of Websites that Copied your Content
To find the list of websites that copied your articles/content, all you’ve to do is either use plagiarism checker tools 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.
2. 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”. Once the complaint is registered, you can track your DMCA complaints status in the WMT.
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 you’re the original author of the copied content so that Google could penalize the scraper’s website and pushes your site further in the SERPs.
All the Best. Do let us know your experiences about dealing with the content scrapers in the below comments.