Need help with content theft

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Recently I've noticed that someone regularly scrapes content from the pages of my website and creates doorway pages. That is to say, he takes one paragraph from my site and 5 more from other sites in this niche and adds it to his doorway page. The most annoying thing is that sometimes his page is ranking higher than mine. So I'm wondering how can this affect my ranking and what should I do in this situation? Any advice would be appreciated.
#content #theft
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  • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
    Originally Posted by lambertson View Post

    The most annoying thing is that sometimes his page is ranking higher than mine. So I'm wondering how can this affect my ranking
    You just told us that it does effect your ranking

    Originally Posted by lambertson View Post

    and what should I do in this situation?
    NOTHING, because there is nothing you can do.
    People are stilling sites content for as long as they're exist.

    Nerd's Humor.
    Second site online has been a carbon copy of first one.



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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    You could try contacting them and threatening them with a lawsuit. Of course, if they are in another country like China, they just laugh at lawsuits. You could also file a DMCA takedown notice.

    Keep in mind, however, that if they are only using a snippet of your text, they may be within their legal rights. Google would not exist if they weren't allowed to show snippets of every website, book, magazine, etc. in their search engine.
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  • Profile picture of the author K Edward
    The unfortunate bit is, there is no foolproof way to prevent your content from being stolen. However, there are some things you can do to protect your content and reduce the chances of it being copied and posted without your permission.

    For instance, you need to create a clear copyright notice and a Terms of Use page. This includes sections that let people know they cannot use your content without your explicit permission. Additionally, you can try disabling "right click" and "highlighting" features, this way, they will have a hard time copying.

    As for the content they've already copied, you can try the DMCA takedown approach suggested by dave_hermansen above.

    I hope that helps.
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    • Profile picture of the author lambertson
      Additionally, you can try disabling "right click" and "highlighting" features, this way, they will have a had time copying.
      Thanks for the advice, it was the first thing I thought about, but I guess they still can scrape it from the source code. And I'm not quite sure will users like it or not.
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  • Profile picture of the author fastreplies
    Using Copyright Notice as deterrence is something child would laugh at
    because you have to physically file lawsuit, pay and all it's will do is proof
    that you are real owner. The question is, what are you going to do after.

    Are you going to try to collect? Fine but get ready to spend more money,
    not to mention it will take so long, you'll wish you would never started it.

    And yeah, you can file a DMCA take down notice, which in my opinion
    is totally useless exercise for Joe Public and "may" work if you run huge
    corporation with vast resources but have nothing better to do but to fight.

    My advice, periodically edit content, change things here and there and...
    save your time on trying to fight windmills.



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    • Profile picture of the author lambertson
      Nah, I'm definitely not going to do anything with the law, thanks for the advice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Bradley
    If you've got a WordPress website this plugin may help...

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/disable-right-click/
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    • Profile picture of the author lambertson
      I'll give it a try, but I'm not sure how users will react
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  • Profile picture of the author Ettienne
    Originally Posted by lambertson View Post

    Recently I've noticed that someone regularly scrapes content from the pages of my website and creates doorway pages. That is to say, he takes one paragraph from my site and 5 more from other sites in this niche and adds it to his doorway page. The most annoying thing is that sometimes his page is ranking higher than mine. So I'm wondering how can this affect my ranking and what should I do in this situation? Any advice would be appreciated.
    Don't worry about it, Google will pick up those tactics eventually and penalize him. Those sites never rank for long (if at all).

    Your site will be fine 99.9% of the time if yours was the original, don't sweat it.
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    • Profile picture of the author lambertson
      Yeah, I've noticed that some of them had already disappeared
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  • Profile picture of the author paulgl
    Copyright law, DMCA, etc. does not really count outside of the US.

    And get this...it's not illegal in the states to scrape a paragraph or two..a page, an image, etc...

    Of course the reality is, if this crap is outranking you...then you are crap.

    Climb out of the crap hole by doing hard work.

    Besides, Yoda should already know...do or do not. There is no try.

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  • Profile picture of the author stephenchong
    Well sure you can go for copywrite and lawsuite but that depends on the country where you are residing. countries like USA, UK australia have very stringent laws regarding copywriting. But if it is some asian country you cannot do anything. You can just warn them and the ill effects it has on their website.
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    There is honestly nothing you can do. Happens to me daily. It is very frustrating. The time and money you will spend to enforce it would not be worth it financially to you. It's just part of having an online business.
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  • Just do nothing. Better do more productive things for your time
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  • Profile picture of the author hirenpopat123
    stolen of content nowadays very serious problem in the world, it did for best content so that can get the better rank, but there are some options which would help you for prevent stole.

    1.DMCA: it is a digital millennium copyright act, this can be done via the google webmaster tool, you can file DMCA complaint against the offending website.

    2. Setup google alert: it is an easy step, go to Google Alerts, types in the part of the text you want to monitor and then just create alert from the option menu, you can choose how often you want to receive notifications, the source type (blogs, websites, forums and so on), the language and region and the relevancy of the results.

    3. search for copies with Copyscape:
    Another alternative to monitoring your articles is to use a duplicate content checker like Copyscape. All you have to do is insert the URL of the page you wish to check, click Go and then just analyze the results shown
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  • Profile picture of the author squadron
    Buy $100 worth of different GSA or Scrapebox Fiverr gigs and throw links at his site's homepage and sitemap with the anchor text "content thief".
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