Copied Articles Placed on My Website

20 replies
Hi,

Long story short, I just found out that one of my writers had been copying articles and sending them to me. I, in turn, have been uploading the articles to my various websites, thinking they were unique. Obviously, he is now fired. However, I still his work all over my websites now.

Now, I need to go back and get someone else to write up these articles. However, I am afraid that my websites are now already "flagged" by google as copy sites. Is it worthwhile for me to go back and plug in original articles to those indexed urls? Do these urls still have hope to be rescued?

Thanks,

Mike
#articles #copied #website
  • Profile picture of the author Rich Struck
    I wouldn't worry about Google as much as I'd worry about pissed off writers finding their stuff on your site.
    Signature

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3159553].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Wayne-JJ
    For peace of mind, it's better you replaced the copied articles with other unique articles.

    How long has the copied articles been there? To my understanding, Google 'spiders' will crawl your sites at certain intervals, and if they haven't crawled your site after those articles went live then you are fine.

    Anyway, I think the duplicate content is overrated, else we wouldn't be seeing duplicate contents from different sites taking up the top 10 positions in Google. I am not an expert of any kind though, these are just my opinions.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3159557].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Ouroboros
    Your problem isn't so much duplicate content as it is plagarism and copyright infringement.

    Take all his content down and review it before somone sends you a notice.

    There are free ways to check plagarism if you can't afford copyscape.
    Signature

    Need a Simple Product/Service to Market to Offline Clients? Sell Them DFY Custom Videos. https://www.fiverr.com/users/gigsiteguy

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3159580].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Hopp
      Originally Posted by Ouroboros View Post

      Your problem isn't so much duplicate content as it is plagarism and copyright infringement.

      Take all his content down and review it before somone sends you a notice.

      There are free ways to check plagarism if you can't afford copyscape.
      What are some of those free ways?
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3159602].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author Neil K
        Originally Posted by Hopp View Post

        What are some of those free ways?
        Try Plagiarism Checker

        Copyscape also allows a few free trial checks if you have the content published on the web, all you need to do is dump in the URL

        Copied content is always bad- if Google was displaying the same content in the top few pages then no one would use google (because of redundancy in information) So for Google to stay alive and user friendly, they obviously do not give much importance to plagiarized content.

        Also all it takes is a slap using the DMCA to pull a site off Google's index. There are many companies in the US that actually provide these services, they contact authorities in search engines and provide proof to pull down sites that have violated copyright.

        I think you need to act fast and play safe. I'd suggest you get the articles "rewritten" to save you in the short run (as against deleting those pages) and then eventually replacing the content with original content (fresh articles)

        Good luck!
        Signature
        Content Writing India - Quality Content at Affordable Rates | Content Writing Services - Articles from $6 onwards
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3160363].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author NBaller
      To clarify the question a bit more -- I understand that there is a problem with plagiarism. I'm not denying that. However, the question is more targeted to -- has Google already red flagged my website? Should I just close down the sites now or is it worth it to continue them by switching in original content (hence, spending more money on a potential dead site).

      As an aside, I am now using copyscape regularly. Before, I simply trusted my writers.

      Thanks,

      Mike
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3159609].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author cookingdiva
        There are ways to fix this;

        1. Take out all copied content from your sites.

        2. run by free version of copyscape or put 2 sentences in google serach to see if they are copies and from where.

        3. If you keep these articles, easy thing to do is add or give proper linkback to authors giving them the right credit.

        If google already has crawled your site, that is okay. you can ping the site or get it indexed after you fix it. for future, always see if content is copied in copyscape (there is free version) www. copyscape . com, just remove the space.
        Signature
        Cookware Reviews

        "Treat Others The Way You Want To Be Treated"


        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3159661].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Ouroboros
    has Google already red flagged my website? Should I just close down the sites now or is it worth it to continue them by switching in original content
    I'm not sure this is a problem with google, I wouldn't shut anything down. Just clean it up.

    Hopp...
    What are some of those free ways?
    There's a free site, plagium I think it is that will run a check, but the simplest way is to pick various snippets from an article and paste them into a google search.
    Signature

    Need a Simple Product/Service to Market to Offline Clients? Sell Them DFY Custom Videos. https://www.fiverr.com/users/gigsiteguy

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3159654].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author jushuaburnham
    I think the best thing you can do is to correct what is wrong before Google penalized your site. Edit the post that was duplicated ans copied.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3159748].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author activetrader
    Originally Posted by NBaller View Post

    I am afraid that my websites are now already "flagged" by google as copy sites.
    I would worry about receiving a DMCA notice; I wouldn't worry about google
    Signature

    Me

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3159821].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Doug Wakefield
      Your fears over google are not warranted. Copies of articles happens constantly, and is expected by google. The biggest news sites do it constantly and with little problems from the big G. The little sites are fine for this as well.

      The issue google has is with an exact copy of a site, which you do not have (I would hope.)

      Your sites will be fine as long as you handle the plagiarism issue.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3160292].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        Hi Mike,

        Having an exact copy of another article on your site will not get you "red flagged" by Google. I put an article I wrote on my site, I submit it to EZA and a few others, person A comes along and syndicates it - this is normal and is perfectly OK. If it wasn't then none of the article directories would be in business. What your worrying about is the duplicate content myth which doesn't exist.

        However, although you have syndicated content, it's illegally syndicated content. If I found my article on your site and I hadn't submitted it to any article directories and you were taking the credit for it. I'd send you a warning. If you still didn't take it off then, I'd get a bit upset.

        Forget Google and your sites, if someone finds out you've copied their articles without any permission, you're going to have much bigger problems than your site being "red flagged" by the big G.

        I know others have given you this advice but you don't seem to realise that Google is not the issue here.
        Signature

        Wibble, bark, my old man's a mushroom etc...

        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3160343].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author JonWebContent
    Originally Posted by NBaller View Post

    Hi,

    Long story short, I just found out that one of my writers had been copying articles and sending them to me. I, in turn, have been uploading the articles to my various websites, thinking they were unique. Obviously, he is now fired. However, I still his work all over my websites now.

    Now, I need to go back and get someone else to write up these articles. However, I am afraid that my websites are now already "flagged" by google as copy sites. Is it worthwhile for me to go back and plug in original articles to those indexed urls? Do these urls still have hope to be rescued?

    Thanks,

    Mike
    Dang man, that really sucks and I'm sorry to hear that. That is really lame for an alleged article writer to pull that. Hopefully you didn't pay a ton for the articles.

    Get those articles off of your website right away and get some fresh content up there. ALWAYS check Copyscape to be certain they are original. You should also report this individual/business.

    Google isn't going to be your biggest problem but if the real author of the articles happens to Google search terms related to those articles and comes across your website........they will be angry and potentially attempt to sue you.

    Writing up a contract for the person that writes for you is never a bad idea. I have signed forms for clients I write articles for that state in them they must pass through Copyscape, along with NDA's protecting their business.

    Get the articles off your site immediately. I know it sucks having to start over from scratch, but you have to.

    Also, did your writer sign any type of agreement? Either way, you may be able to get your money back. I would pursue it. He didn't do what he was paid to do, so get your money back from him.
    Signature

    Get an affordable and reliable Web Content Writer to help grow your online business.

    Learn how to play WINNING poker from me!

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3160364].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author SamirSM
    I hope the more experienced Warriors are right about the duplicate content myth. Hordes of outbound links from a new domain are on the other hand red herrings for the Google Bot to hand you a red card

    However, if you are still worried here's a trick to eliminate any risk of getting red-flagged by Google for duplicate content:

    1.Go to Google Webmaster Tools.

    2.Add your site.

    3.Go to sitemaps and add yours. If you don't have one make it using Google XML Sitemap WP Plugin.

    4.NOW, coming to the main trick, go to Site Configuration.

    5.Go to Crawler Access.

    6.Add the duplicate content URLs in the "Remove URL" tab.


    It works great and my URLs (which I removed to turn the whole site into 1 page) were removed from Google in around 20 hours max.


    Hope this helps.

    Samir
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3160376].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Billy Rey
    No need to worry about it. Theres tons of autoblogs out there ranking for number 1. Just put original posts after those posts. This is more of a morality issue rather than a slap/penalty issue.

    but yeah it sucks that you had to pay for that.
    Signature

    ✔✔✔Leapfroggr Digital Marketing+SEO Services✔✔✔
    [/CENTER]

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3160387].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author diyakapoor
    I think this is good for you, if you update content on your website. Once again Google will crawl your website pages having original content and will provide more value to website in SERP. Go for it, no problem at all.
    Signature

    Grow your small business and make it Online - High end Digital Consultation for your Online Business

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3160400].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author petevamp
    Originally Posted by NBaller View Post

    Hi,

    Long story short, I just found out that one of my writers had been copying articles and sending them to me. I, in turn, have been uploading the articles to my various websites, thinking they were unique. Obviously, he is now fired. However, I still his work all over my websites now.

    Now, I need to go back and get someone else to write up these articles. However, I am afraid that my websites are now already "flagged" by google as copy sites. Is it worthwhile for me to go back and plug in original articles to those indexed urls? Do these urls still have hope to be rescued?

    Thanks,

    Mike
    It has some what been tackled already but lets just do it one more time. Your site is not at risk with google. For the duplicate content ordeal is just a myth. Yes the bots are getting better at locating such content. This only means that if your site was flooded with duplicate content they may or may not index that page.

    However as the very first commenter said it is more so the writers. If they do anything like I do when ever I create a new article. You may run into a few complaints against your site and or orders from the original writer to either remove or add their links in to the article.

    Also you should always check a writers work before. How I do it typically is I take the text doc and add it to my server then run it through copyscape without anything but the text on they have given me. This will give me a really good idea as to how much they have actually taken off of some one and used as their own.

    On the other hand though you will also get those false positives too. Where the text on your article some how matches 1% of someone elses article but when you go to the site and see what it is duplicating it really isnt duplicating anything at all.

    Hope this helps bud sorry about the bad luck with your previous writer.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3160419].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Robert Colle
    Sorry to hear that man, I guess it must be awful for you to pay for a writer to just go around the web and gather other people's articles and give them to you as original content. Well it is not too late you can still fix the situation.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3160481].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Jacqueline Smith
    Unbelievable that a paid writer would think they could get away with that!

    Bottom line.....remove the content and replace it.

    Not sure where you found your writer but, it would be a good idea to report him/her so others don't have the same experience.
    Signature
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[3160484].message }}

Trending Topics