You’ve copyscaped your site and found that other websites are using your content. What can you do?

Link-backs:

Link-backs are a great SEO tool.  If somebody is using your content, you may as well get some benefit out of it:

  1. Contact the site and ask them to provide a link back to your site, and reference you as the source.
  2. If they don’t comply or respond, and it’s just a paragraph of post, probably best to just let it go.

Content Scraper:

But what happens if somebody has trawled you site and replicated a lot of the content, and they have no interest in linking back or referencing you as a source?

Why should you care?

If website rankings are important to you, you should care.  If your content has been stolen by a content scraper site, they could be outranking you in the search results.

What can you do?

There a couple of simple, no-cost options:

  1. File a SPAM report with Google.  There’s a check-box to indicate “Duplicate site or pages” – so you can report the offending site to Google for investigation.
  2. Most of the copy scraper sites rely on AdSense revenue.  If they’ve illegally copied your content, and have AdSense on their site – reporting them to Google for copyright violation can terminate their AdSense agreement.

Another option?

  1. File a complaint with the person’s ISP if they have published your work on their site.
  2. You can do this through www.whois.net

 

 

 

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