For the last decade or so, I’ve produced and developed a number of websites spanning a various niches.
Of course, most of these websites are considered to be local or hyperlocal niches — riches are in the niches.
Whether my own websites or websites in general, no website is 100% protected from content plagiarism and copyright infringement.
Most recently I discovered one of my niche website’s content was scraped in its entirety using Copyscape.
The guilty party then decided to launch a nicely designed website using the same exact content — no changes made! 🤯
Although not what anyone wants or should ever encounter, I was more perturbed by the fact they didn’t change any of the wording more than I was that they scraped my website.
Them scraping my website actually makes me feel like I’m a halfway decent writer. 🙂
Nevertheless, to protect my niche website’s search ranking and all of the time and effort I invested in developing the website some years ago, I decided to take action and report this content thieving website to Google.
To report any claim of content plagiarism or copyright infringement to Google, you’ll need to establish a Google Search Console account.
In addition, you can only report content plagiarism or copyright infringement to Google if you are the owner of reported content and can prove it without reasonable doubt.
Nevertheless, I completed the copyright infringement form and waited for Google to act. It didn’t take long either — about 30 hours in all.
I received a Google Search Console notification — the copyright infringement dashboard tool — the thieving owner had been notified and case remedied.
Sure enough, I visited the competing website to discover all traces of content plagiarism or copyright infringement had vanished. 👏
The overall design of the website still resembles mine, but hey, I’ll count this a victory knowing that “Content is King” when it comes to protecting and sustaining Google page one SERPs.
Why they could write their own original content is beyond me. It’s evident that they could based on being reported to Google for content plagiarism or copyright infringement.
Oh well, below is a quick tutorial video I’ve put together outlining the necessary steps taken to report for content plagiarism or copyright infringement to Google.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks and that’s all for now!