JS_Harris - 7:50 pm on Aug 5, 2013 (gmt 0)
Since then I am ranked around 9 or 10 for my critical keywords & most of the top slots are filled by sites that are stealing the content from my website & pirating my original fonts & artwork.
This bring up two glaring issues:
#1 - I can confirm that this is a growing problem in my niche. Using simple SEO tools, many of which are free on various traffic reporting sites, it's all too easy to find a Pandalized site and these are prime targets for scraping now. As you say it's too easy to be outranked with your own stuff when the scraper doesn't have the Panda on his/her back.
#2 - This actually suggests that you can escape a Panda penalty by taking the content and displaying it on a new domain, scraping yourself essentially. I'm not saying transfer the content to a new domain and shut down the old here, I am saying fully duplicate the top pages of your site until a) Panda lets go of your old site or b) the new one stops rankings in which case you can copy it again.
Google never should have confirmed Panda updates and I suspect they won't moving forward. This is a real mess, imo.
Cleaning up the mess - I don't think you can directly influence adsense since they do not deal with rankings. They won't have any ground to close someone's account until your DMCA sticks and/or you proceed with an attorney.
- Use hotlink protection. This will force search engines to display your images from their own cache. If scrapers want to take those they get a lower resolution copy and if they link to the source from their spam sites they link to Google, not you.
Both Google search & Adsense teams tend to reject or ignore about half of my requests to take action.
Be very careful with the wording of your request and keep the following in mind: Google will never approve a DMCA for something Google themselves are doing. This includes snippets of text, displaying feeds and image hotlinking.