turbocharged - 1:18 pm on Jun 9, 2013 (gmt 0)
This really hurts me, I built this website from scratch myself. I chose the domain, I coded the site in css3 html5 and ajax, I researched and wrote all content myself. Just implemented a forum that my visitors were registering for and chatting on.
I took a lot of pride in what I built.
This is the big problem that all of Google's algorithm updates have avoided - giving original authors the credit they deserve. Yes, creating great content does attract visitors AND scrapers. Yes, copied content on Blogspot, Wordpress, Tumblr and all the heavily spammed free blogging platforms DOES negatively impact the ranks of the site that originally published the information unless they are deemed an authority by Google themselves.
SerpsGuy, I truly feel sorry for you. At this point you must now spend time filing DMCA notices to get the content taken down. Just one word of caution - do not be surprised to see new copies appearing as you take out the existing ones. That's happening with one of our clients and it's a maddening process. Also keep an eye out for cached Google Appspot proxies. Once we blocked these and they started dropping from Google's index, our client popped back up in the SERPS again. As other copied/cached content on all the free blogs were removed, further increases in our client's ranks was observed. Therefore, rest assured your efforts in removing copied content from appearing on other sites will help your own ranks - but it does take time for those results to materialize.
Good luck and best wishes!