What to do when your site content Is stolen?
Unfortunately, online content theft has been a common incident. It is easy to copy a site’s content and paste it on another one. Sometimes, the theft is so subtle that you do not even know that one copied your site content.
The positive side is that there are tools to detect plagiarizers and you do not have to let them flee away. You can get back the stolen content by applying your rights under DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act).
F5 studio’s SEO copywriters would be happy to share their experiences with you and give you some suggestions on what should be done when your site content was stolen.
How stolen content can hurt your site?
It is, indeed, painful when one steals your results of hard work. Most content thieves possess the mentality that there is nothing wrong with stealing one’s online content. Unfortunately, whom we are referring to as thieves here, they belong to us only. Users who do not understand the seriousness of this act copy online content or share copyrighted pictures. The issue is this stealing of content can hurt your site SEO.
Supposedly, someone copies your content and posts it on their site. It is bad for your SEO. Because, in many cases, the stolen content gets a better rank than the original one as the thieves also steal the web traffic to attain a high organic reach. You become the victim.
If you unknowingly buy stolen content from a site in any form, the original creators of the content might find out and take the content back. At this point, you will regret the useless content and monetary investment. Hence, you need to check content to identify plagiarism. In fact, it’d be better to order professional writing services to avoid plagiarism troubles. It seems expensive, but it can save you money.
How to deal with the issue?
It is challenging to prevent someone from copying your content on digital platforms. But, you can detect the action, take steps against the thief, and stop further duplicities. The technological advancement that the duplicators use to steal one’s content and distract Google, the same technology helps the original content owner to detect the plagiarism and resolve it shortly.
First, you need to run a scan on the internet to see whether any duplicate copy of your website content is available on other sites or not. You may use a paid search tool to scan the plagiarized versions of your content.
If you do not want to pay for a tool, you can set the Google alerts to scan copied content from your website and send you alerts. And, if you find out that someone has stolen your content, you can handle the matter in the following steps.
Also you can use plagiarism checkers (some of them are free). These online services compare text to billions of web pages to tell you whether or not your text contains duplicate content.
Contact the website owner directly.
Firstly, you need to understand whether the website owner is guilty or the owner is also a victim of the situation. Sometimes, it may happen that the website owner has purchased stolen content from another website. A simple way to take back your stolen content is to email them and attach the link to the original post with the mail. You can ask the owner to remove the copied content from the site.
If the company owner does not listen to you, you must file a DMCA complaint against the company. In most cases, the case ends here only. Duplicators clear out the copied portions from their sites.
Send a DMCA Notice
If the website owner does not respond to your email, it’s time to contact the website’s hosting company. Again, you can run an online search to find which company hosts the website. Once you get the information, you will file a DMCA takedown notice with the website hosting company.
You need to include the essential information in the DMCA notice mentioned below,
- You need to prove your complaint to be genuine. The complaint notice demands the URL of your original content and the URL of the copied content.
- Mention the email address, street address, and contact number of the website hosting company.
- Put the statement that you did not authorize the copyrighted material to any other website. Either it is the agent or the law.
- You need to give the last statement saying that all the given information is accurate under the penalty of perjury. You take the authority to act on behalf of the owner who deserves the original copyright.
Sending the details is all you need to do. Any responsible web hosting company will solve the issue and update you within two days at the most. If you deal with the content duplicators often, you may draw up a “Notice of Infringement” to use the template more than once.
Lodge a DMCA complaint with Google
Lodging a DMCA Complaint with Google is a step that goes one step further. If you face these issues frequently, you can use a form to notify Google and request the removal of the copied content from Google. If Google verifies your claim and takes down the plagiarized content from the Google search engine, the matter is over. It means Google search engine will no longer enlist the offending content and the content will be useless to the website.
You have to keep in mind whenever you deal with such sites, you have to repeat the same process every time.
Do you face trouble from content thieves frequently?
If yes, you can follow the tips mentioned above. Or, if you need further assistance, you can contact F5 Studio web agency.