How to Report And Fight Against Content Theft? – 3 Solutions & 4 Tips

Duplicate Content (plagiarism) is the act of reproducing content and publishing it on one’s own site. In general, this reproduction is made without the prior authorization of its author.

On the internet, duplicate Content is a recurring phenomenon and detrimental to the image of the victim site. Not only can the reliability of the author be called into question (Internet users will wonder who copies which), but Google risks penalizing its SEO.

How to Check If Your Website Has Been Copied?

To avoid finding yourself in this situation, I’ll show you some guidelines to check if your website has been copied and report it to Google.

1.Tools to Find Plagiarized Content

To fight against duplicate content, you must first know how to detect it. Rest assured, there are several free anti-plagiarism tool or Premium tools like Copyscape that do this very well.

The results will therefore appear in a list with the portions of content that resemble yours. And there, you will just have to check if it is a few sentences or expressions (this is normal) or whole sections of text (this is less normal).

Another technique that I’m still using is to use search engines (like Google) to detect plagiarized content. Just paste an extract of your article in quotes and start the search. Only your site should stand out…

2.Attention to The Delivery of The Articles Ordered

If you work with writers, you must monitor those articles delivered. All articles ordered are verified by an anti-plagiarism tool before publish on your website.

How to Report a Website for Stealing Content? – 3 Solutions to Remove It

1.Gather The Evidence

If you are a victim of plagiarism, gather evidence (screenshots, URLs, contact details, etc.). Then try to settle the problem amicably with the plagiarist. Contact them politely to explain the situation and ask them to remove the content.

2.Amicably?

If they don’t respond or if they refuse to comply, show them your evidence and say that you are going to start proceedings. In parallel, send a registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt in which you notify them of your request to remove the content, as well as a deadline.

This will start to worry for these authors of the duplicate content.

3.Or In Court?

Still no answer?

Report the site to Google and notify the host. Click here to send the report to Google.

Finally, the last step is to actually start a procedure by filing a complaint in the name of copyright protection. But generally, it is rare to arrive at this end.

However, do not hesitate to do so if the author of the duplicate content doesn’t take you seriously. The evidence that you have gathered will necessarily work in your favor and you will not end up being compensated for your work.

How to Fight Against Content Theft?

Duplicate content is punished by Google, but also by law. Each job deserves a salary and that is why you must not let the perpetrators of this “crime” do it.

For this, here are 4 tips you can do:

  1. Regularly check your content on the anti-plagiarism tools mentioned earlier in this article, approximately every 3 months for example.
  2. React quickly and be persistent when you detect duplicate content.
  3. Trust yourself and use intimidating (but legal) means such as registered mail, calling a lawyer who can be a deterrent, etc.
  4. Since the last update of Google’s algorithm which penalizes duplicate content, the referencing of a website can plummet because of duplicate content.

Did you know ?

Your SEO will be penalized insofar as the duplicated content will exceed 5 to 10% of the total content of your website. So you have to be very careful.

Final Thoughts

Duplicate Content can seriously influence the visibility and reliability of your site. So be alert constantly and effectively.

In case of plagiarism, use the tips in this article to assert your copyright.

Have you ever faced duplicate content? If yes, how did you manage the situation? Comment your ideas below.

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