Just found an entire article I wrote on someone else's site...

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How do I get it taken down? It's word for word something I posted on my wordpress site months ago. This is extreme BS to the max...
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    • Profile picture of the author JRCarson
      That's why you want to make sure you have links in each of your articles (on your site, or on article directories) that link to your site.

      Now when someone "scrapes" your content, you don't care, because it's counting as a back link. Google is going to rank your content higher anyway, since you wrote it first!
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      • Originally Posted by JRCarson View Post

        That's why you want to make sure you have links in each of your articles (on your site, or on article directories) that link to your site. Now when someone "scrapes" your content, you don't care, because it's counting as a back link.

        Google is going to rank your content higher anyway, since you wrote it first!
        I agree completely with your first statement, but that second one is simply not true. We've had many discussions here where the poster is upset because they got out-ranked by another site using their article. As I said before, I'm sure everyone agrees that it should be that way, but unfortunately it isn't.
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        • Profile picture of the author ShiningHero
          My affiliate links are in the article body, however I do not wish to have my copyrighted material on his webpage period =)

          Sent the bro an email requesting immediately removal.
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        • Profile picture of the author JRCarson
          Originally Posted by Bradley J Anderson View Post

          I agree completely with your first statement, but that second one is simply not true. We've had many discussions here where the poster is upset because they got out-ranked by another site using their article. As I said before, I'm sure everyone agrees that it should be that way, but unfortunately it isn't.
          I guess you could be right, but I've never encountered someone scraping my content ranking higher than my content...

          Every time I create a piece of content, I want it to be spread far and wide across the internet. There's always going to be those people who copy and paste your content onto their sites and don't link properly...so the question is how much time, effort and focus does it take to remedy that situaion? Is that type of person going to respond to what you have to say? Are you going to write a second email? A third? Then what?

          I'd rather forget about it and move on. Not worth my time. Those people aren't going to win out anyway. I don't know, maybe I've just been lucky...
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          • I've had my IP ripped off a number of times without links back to my site. I have a standard two-part form email I send. First part is headed "Copyright Violations" and the second part is called "How You Can Avoid Being Sued."

            It always does the trick.

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            • Profile picture of the author JamieSEO
              Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

              I've had my IP ripped off a number of times without links back to my site. I have a standard two-part form email I send. First part is headed "Copyright Violations" and the second part is called "How You Can Avoid Being Sued."

              It always does the trick.

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          • Originally Posted by JRCarson View Post

            I guess you could be right, but I've never encountered someone scraping my content ranking higher than my content...

            Every time I create a piece of content, I want it to be spread far and wide across the internet. There's always going to be those people who copy and paste your content onto their sites and don't link properly...so the question is how much time, effort and focus does it take to remedy that situaion? Is that type of person going to respond to what you have to say? Are you going to write a second email? A third? Then what?

            I'd rather forget about it and move on. Not worth my time. Those people aren't going to win out anyway. I don't know, maybe I've just been lucky...
            I agree with you completely. It's just not worth it to me, either. If your links are in there, it's just free publicity and backlinks.

            Now stealing a product I sell would be a different story.
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          • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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            Originally Posted by JRCarson View Post

            Google is going to rank your content higher anyway, since you wrote it first!
            I'm afraid it simply doesn't work that way: it's really much more complicated than that.

            Originally Posted by JRCarson View Post

            I'd rather forget about it and move on. Not worth my time.
            How long does it take you to send a pre-written DMCA notice, with copies to their site host, their domain registrar and Google? Including looking them all up, and filling in the blanks in the email, it takes me 2 minutes ... :confused:

            Then I forget about it and move on.
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      • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
        Originally Posted by JRCarson View Post

        That's why you want to make sure you have links in each of your articles (on your site, or on article directories) that link to your site.

        Now when someone "scrapes" your content, you don't care, because it's counting as a back link. Google is going to rank your content higher anyway, since you wrote it first!
        Even if you place links in your articles if they are copying and pasting all they have to do is take the link out.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dellco
    There's some things you can do like...
    1. Go look in the Whois and find out the host from the nameservers, and then make a complaint to the hosting company of the copying site. Hosting companies can and do suspend accounts for such stuff.
    2. Contact the site owner and ask him/her to take the content down. Doesn't always work; if it is an autoblog from a stable of many others belonging to that person, they won't bother or even be aware if anyone contacted them.
    3. File a DMCA with Google Contact Us - Google Help
    4. If the site is using Adsense, you can click on the Ads by Google and report the site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daniel Harper
    Yeah, do that DMCA takedown.

    I had once had a client who stiffed me, then stole my work and published it. Within 12 hours of filing that DMCA takedown, the ENTIRE WEBSITE where he posted it had been shut down.

    The best part? It was a business directory that belonged to someone else. And I'd contacted the owner repeatedly about the theft of my content. He decided to take the paying customer's side of things ... until, that is, his whole business got shut down because of it.

    Didn't take him long to remove it after that. Some people gotta learn the hard way, I guess.
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  • Profile picture of the author Linda_C
    Originally Posted by warhero View Post

    How do I get it taken down? It's word for word something I posted on my wordpress site months ago. This is extreme BS to the max...
    Before you go both barrels, might not hurt to send an email notifying the person that the content is yours. Sometimes it happens without the owner knowing.

    I once contacted a site that had an article of mine without attribution (or permission) and let them know it was my article. The owner apologized profusely and said someone he'd hired for content must have added it -- he gave me author credit, linked to my site and went on to promote some of my products. Turned into a nice arrangement.

    One just never knows. Your call, of course, just sharing my experience.
    I've also been hit with scrapers and those are much nastier than the innocent ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author Russell Barnstein
    Set your WordPress site to only show excerpts/summaries to scrapers and feeds. Anyone can use the first paragraph or three of your work under Fair Use anyway.

    I battled these @#$%s for years and just gave up- it's really not worth the time or effort.
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  • Profile picture of the author H.Miller
    Originally Posted by warhero View Post

    How do I get it taken down? It's word for word something I posted on my wordpress site months ago. This is extreme BS to the max...
    I have had this problem several times. I just stopped worrying about it. Most of the sites that do this barely get any traffic anyways.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShiningHero
      Guys, what I don't understand is how this can be an "accident."

      Guy said he had no idea and is taking it down immediately...

      How does this happen accidentally? How does someone accidentally rip your content from your website and put it on theirs?:confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    When someone uses your article and then posts on their website, they will need to have your resource box at the bottom of your article.

    Make sure that every article you write, that you use a resource box and have your site there.
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  • Profile picture of the author JamesGw
    File a DMCA complaint. If it still has your link, then it's probably just syndicated.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShiningHero
      Originally Posted by JamesGw View Post

      File a DMCA complaint. If it still has your link, then it's probably just syndicated.
      What does that mean?


      But what does it matter if it's my content written for my own site and I don't want it on other sites?
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      • Originally Posted by warhero View Post

        Guys, what I don't understand is how this can be an "accident."

        Guy said he had no idea and is taking it down immediately...

        How does this happen accidentally? How does someone accidentally rip your content from your website and put it on theirs?:confused:
        I think what he means is that he didn't 'notice' it was on his site and, therefore, he calls it an 'accident' to keep his butt from getting sued. The reason he didn't notice, though, was because he probably uses a scraper that automatically posts the content.

        If he's using a scraper, though, it was no accident. He was well aware of what he was doing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shazia Mirza
    This thing happens to everyone. Scraper software + link removal. I say just let it go, it is better than wasting your time and money hunting the person down.
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    • Profile picture of the author ShiningHero
      I don't care as long as he takes it down and he said he would.

      So a scraper, what is that- some toold designed to steal people's content?

      -.-
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  • Profile picture of the author asimbawany
    just let it go mate and move on...
    I threw a tantrum when someone stole my videos from youtube and uploaded on their site... You know embeding would have been so much easier for them but no they actually went to the effort of downloading and uploading and whatever...
    I sent them a few emails, nothing came out of it...

    its just a piece of content, no biggie.. IF it was a paid product that you were selling that would be a different story...
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    • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
      Originally Posted by asimbawany View Post

      just let it go mate and move on...
      I threw a tantrum when someone stole my videos from youtube and uploaded on their site... You know embeding would have been so much easier for them but no they actually went to the effort of downloading and uploading and whatever...
      I sent them a few emails, nothing came out of it...

      its just a piece of content, no biggie.. IF it was a paid product that you were selling that would be a different story...
      Sometimes you can, but it depends on the situation.

      I try to keep the right balance, there are some people who completely ignore the problem which isn't a great idea.

      And then there are others who waste so much emotional energy on it, that they burn themselves out.
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