You’ve copyscaped your site and found that other websites are using your content. What can you do?
Link-backs are a great SEO tool. If somebody is using your content, you may as well get some benefit out of it:
- Contact the site and ask them to provide a link back to your site, and reference you as the source.
- If they don’t comply or respond, and it’s just a paragraph of post, probably best to just let it go.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- File a complaint with the person’s ISP if they have published your work on their site.
- You can do this through www.whois.net