You found someone scraping your website's content... now what?

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You found someone scraping your website's content... now what?

Thusfar I've attempted to email the site owner via the website's contact form.
I'm done a domain whois and emailed their privacy-protected email address.

What else can I/should I be doing? Any way of alerting Google of the scraped content on someone else's site so it will be beat down in the SERPs?

What would you do?
#content #found #scraping #website
  • Profile picture of the author Jreed
    I would probably bang my head on the keyboard then go and kick my dog. But that's just me :p

    The internet is like the wild wild west, rarely any justice for things like that.

    What worked for me when I had someones content on my site (damn autoblogging software) They sent me a legal looking cease and desist letter, demanding I take their picture down or else (worded better than that of course). They provided links to exactly where their picture was on my site.

    I didn't want the headache so I just took them down.

    Don't send a personal request. find a template and send a legal cease and desist notice.

    In my opinion asking an authority to make them remove the post would be about as futile as asking security guards at a rock concert to ask the guy in row 3B to stop yelling profanities.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Send a DMCA to his host. That's the only really effective way to get it removed, usually within 48 hrs.
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  • Profile picture of the author SunilTanna
    Get their ip address and serve different content to their scrapper
    Be inventive !
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewCavanagh
    I usually send Guido around to wack em!



    Actually I do much worse than that. Some of it
    has been mentioned here but that's just the beginning
    for people who steal my content.

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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    Here are a couple of links for removing the copied content from the search results.

    https://support.google.com/webmaster.../1663688?hl=en

    https://www.google.com/webmasters/to...rd?hl=en&pli=1
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by sbucciarel View Post

      Send a DMCA to his host. That's the only really effective way to get it removed, usually within 48 hrs.
      Also CC: their domain registrar and any affiliate companies or ad networks they may be using.
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  • Profile picture of the author Story
    As far as I know, DMCA is the most effective way to have the copied content removed.
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  • Profile picture of the author trader909
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    annoying to hell....but not much you ca do it about it. what about the 10+ you have not found?
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  • Profile picture of the author petelta
    I would spend my time making more money rather than chasing everyone that tries to copy my greatness.

    Take the content theft as a compliment and move on.
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by petelta View Post

      I would spend my time making more money rather than chasing everyone that tries to copy my greatness.

      Take the content theft as a compliment and move on.
      I have a hard time taking any kind of theft as a compliment.

      I don't spend a lot of time or effort chasing the copycats. It's like trying to bail out the ocean with a teaspoon.

      But, for me at least, a few minutes of research and an email with a couple of CC:s make it easier to let go and move on...
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  • Profile picture of the author adribabe
    The website uses a service called Ning. So I'm putting the shout out to Ning's DMCA form: DMCA Notice
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by adribabe View Post

      The website uses a service called Ning. So I'm putting the shout out to Ning's DMCA form: DMCA Notice
      That's probably a waste of time. A DMCA to their host is the most effective and quickest way to stop them. They'll have 24 hrs to take it down or their host will suspend them.

      Instructions here
      http://domainingdiva.com/legal-issue...ipoff-artists/
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  • Profile picture of the author adribabe
    I've noticed 2 of the 3 pages are removed. 1 remains.

    While it's still up I'm reporting it to Google and to AdSense.

    ... not that I'm spiteful or anything
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  • Profile picture of the author RyanLB
    I would probably email them and ask them to take it down, and then if that didn't work I'd try and scare them with a C&D. If they didn't respond, I would just move on and go about my business I guess.
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  • Profile picture of the author adribabe
    Ning removed the content from their users domain.

    I noticed he's running four Adsense ad blocks per page. I thought the limit was three. I might submit him for that too as a parting "farewell, jerk!"
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    I think you should file a DMCA complaint to the hosting company that the website owner scraped your content. If you want your content to be protected from getting copied, try to use any script that prevents them from copying your content. I think there is a Wordpress plugin that protects you from getting copied by others.
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