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How do you deal with people copying your site?

There are so many!

4:53 pm on Aug 13, 2018 (gmt 0)

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I have an expert tutorial website in a very small niche. It was put up because nothing like that existed before, grew popular with a forum, and Adsense funded the server.

Over the last few years I've been busy with other stuff and Adsense revenue has fallen by at least 80% and doesn't nearly fund the server any more.

I've been investigating and one reason seems to be that some other sites copy my site word for word and presumably because they copy a load of other sites they are much bigger than me and appear ahead of me in Google searches, often with a pay to subscribe model.

I got a bit annoyed today and filed a DMCA, but doing that for every site would take me more than a lifetime. Anyone found a quick way?
5:38 pm on Aug 13, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Who did you file a DMCA with? You can submit multiple infringing URLs at once to Google.
10:24 pm on Aug 13, 2018 (gmt 0)

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No quick way that I know of - I deal with this quite a bit (namely blogs in India, Pakistan and the Far East) and it's a never-ending battle to the point that you stop looking around to see if people have stolen anything because it just makes your blood boil.

I wish Google Search Console registered "authorship" of content every time you submitted a new page for indexing. That way the content thieves would never get any thing out of copying original content - but you retain authorship all over the "Google-sphere".

One strategy you can also employ is contacting their host provider. This usually gets things rolling if the provider is legit.
10:48 pm on Aug 13, 2018 (gmt 0)

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They get your content 2 ways: using a bot or copying by hand.

1.) Be proactive and stop the theft before it happens:

Block all known scraping agents using a combination of Blocking Methods [webmasterworld.com]

Block all known Server Farm IP Ranges [webmasterworld.com]

2.) If they already have your property, then send a Cease and Desist (C&D) notice using DMCA format:
RE: example.com

The above website on your servers has copied and published our property without permission. Permission to use our property was neither solicited nor granted.

The infringing content is taken from: https://example.com/example.html

Please remove this content and all other property owned by example.com from your server immediately to avoid further legal proceedings.

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above on the allegedly infringing web pages is not authorized by me, any agent representing me, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in this notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner.

Signature: /example/
Signatory's Name: example
Signatory's Position: owner
Note: Look-up the infringing domain at a WhoIs and include all upstream hosts and admins as recipients of your C&D notice.

To remove the infringed page from Google properties, use their tool: [support.google.com...]

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