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Stolen Duplicate Content Discovered. How Do I Get My Rankings Back?
Some jerk actually stole my content and put it on his site.
hett1618




msg:3202866
 2:50 pm on Dec 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

My site was penalized hard on Dec. 7th, losing dozens of keywords that I was on page one in Google for, and I didn't know why until today.

Today I discovered that some clown using an identical template, actually copied the content from my home page & four of the main pages and pasted them onto his site... word for word.

I don't know why I didn't do this earlier but I found it by putting qoutes around a line of my own content and running it through Google search.

We are in the process of taking care of this jerk-off and his site so I'm covered there.

But what I'm wondering is:

Now that the problem has been discovered and taken care of, how do I get my rankings back? Is there something I need to do or will it take care of itself now that the duplicate content has been removed?

 

Spine




msg:3202901
 3:42 pm on Dec 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Been there - don't ya just want to reach through the wires of the internet and kill them?

It can take a little time, but I've seen things come back once the copied work has been taken down for awhile.

trinorthlighting




msg:3202961
 4:36 pm on Dec 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Quickest way to get back on top, file a DMCA complaint with google.

WiseWebDude




msg:3202979
 4:51 pm on Dec 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Plain and simple...you should NOT have to be going through it at all! Google CAN be retarded sometimes...IF they are indeed as smart as they think they are, this should NEVER happen. Your site was up first and indexed first...so you think that another, new site showing up with your IDENTICAL content would AUTO-goto the trash heap. Google should go to his page, index it, say...WHOA! ALERT! ALERT! something is wrong here and TRASH it instantly and remove THAT site from their index. Shame on you, Google, for letting that happen to people.

Unreal, sorry to hear about your troubles.

tedster




msg:3202997
 5:05 pm on Dec 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Matt Cutts has said that this kind of thing usually happens when the affected site in a "weakened" condition from some penalty or other. I cannot verify or contradict this, either way, but I would definitely give the site a very complete checkup for any "health problems" you can find.

hett1618




msg:3203089
 6:14 pm on Dec 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

The bitch of it is is that this site earns $200-$300 per day generating leads.

Since getting hit with the penalty, and based on the earnings history of the site, I estimate that I have lost $4000-$5000 of revenue. And that total will grow by the day until the penalty is lifted and my rankings are restored. If I even do get them back. There's no guarantee of that.

You guys can't even imagine what's going through my head right now.

AndyA




msg:3203116
 6:46 pm on Dec 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

Sorry to hear about this. Some inconsiderate jerk is too lazy to create their own content, so they just take someone else's. I've had this happen before as well, it's very maddening.

I sent an E-mail to the site owner according to whois information, and did a cc: Legal advising them the stolen content needed to be removed IMMEDIATELY. When it wasn't, I filed a DMCA with their web host. The site - all of it - including pages not copied from my site, was gone in less than a day.

I later got a message from the site owner apologizing for the theft. He said he didn't realize he was doing anything wrong. IDIOT!

The site is still gone to this day, so I don't know if he got the message or what, but I remember how angry I felt when I discovered it.

I hope you get this resolved quickly.

WiseWebDude




msg:3203134
 7:13 pm on Dec 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

"The bitch of it is is that this site earns $200-$300 per day generating leads."

WOW, I would be madder than a one-legged dog on an icy pond! Phew, I don't know what's going through your mind...but I can guess it won't garner you the Nobel Peace Prize at the very least.

[edited by: WiseWebDude at 7:14 pm (utc) on Dec. 29, 2006]

theBear




msg:3203136
 7:27 pm on Dec 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

tedster,

The most likely cause to weaken a site is tons of duplicate content caused by:

1: WWW/Non-WWW split site issues.
2: Site also indexed on the IP address.
3: Pages subjet to query string issues.
4: Pages subject to the / issue.
5: Pages subject to the automatic index vs specificly named index issue ( / vs index.html).
6: Pages indexed on port 443 (https).

The duplicate content get it right or perish thread was not in jest.

Once that tipping point is reached, well you've heard it here many times. CRUMP, CRASH.

[edited by: theBear at 7:35 pm (utc) on Dec. 29, 2006]

RedWolf




msg:3203379
 11:40 pm on Dec 29, 2006 (gmt 0)

The most likely cause to weaken a site is tons of duplicate content caused by:

1: WWW/Non-WWW split site issues.
2: Site also indexed on the IP address.
3: Pages subjet to query string issues.
4: Pages subject to the / issue.
5: Pages subject to the automatic index vs specificly named index issue ( / vs index.html).
6: Pages indexed on port 443 (https).

I need to go check my site to verify that I don't have any of this stuff. You would think that the supposed "geniuses" at Google would be able to determine 1, 4, 5, and 6 are really the same page in 99.999% or more of the cases fairly easily and treat them as the the same.

stumped




msg:3203527
 4:08 am on Dec 30, 2006 (gmt 0)

The most likely cause to weaken a site is tons of duplicate content caused by:

1: WWW/Non-WWW split site issues.
2: Site also indexed on the IP address.
3: Pages subjet to query string issues.
4: Pages subject to the / issue.
5: Pages subject to the automatic index vs specificly named index issue ( / vs index.html).
6: Pages indexed on port 443 (https).

The duplicate content get it right or perish thread was not in jest.

Once that tipping point is reached, well you've heard it here many times. CRUMP, CRASH.

theBear may be right but I also think based on what I am experiencing I think there may be a tipping point that is reached just from the amount of SPAM activity related to the site reached a tipping quantity. I say this because I am seeing the purest cleanest site in our market slowly drop its organic ranking. I haven't yet contacted them, they are still on page one and probably don;t realize they have a spam problem but at least three of us who have been on page one have been victimized by the SPAM activity. SO I am guessing that he is just dropping slower than us because he had a cleaner site. Basically I am agreeing with you that your vulnerability is dependent on Google quality standards but I disagree that if you meet those standards you are protected. I am making an educated intuitive guess that any site hit hard enough will fall. But I am open to the possibility that theBear is completely right and therefore am working diligently to clean up our sites of all other issues.

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