You worked hard on your website, but now your content has been stolen, posted and removed from traffic to your brand.
In this article we’ll show you how to find and delete stolen content in WordPress, whether it is a single article or that the web as a whole has been copied.
How and why is the website content stolen?
Occasionally, the content will only be copied and pasted directly onto another website, like formatting, photographs, videos, etc.
Most times, the content will be republished with a grant and a link to your website, but without your consent. While this may help with your SEO, you will want to keep original content hosted on your web only.The main reason for content theft is usually to enjoy your hard work.
Theft of your content is a stressful experience that unfortunately many owners of WordPress pages live with.
Only know that you are not alone and that it is a problem that can be solved.
Here are the 5 most popular ways of finding and deleting stolen content in WordPress.1. Set up automatic content flight alerts.
Even your loyal visitors will warn you that your content has been stolen or they have seen it somewhere on the Web.
Luckily, you don’t have to wait for a useful reader to tell you about it.
Google warnings are also used for brand name alerts. You enter your website name and receive updates by e-mail each time you are listed online.
But, this same feature can be used to alert you to content that is being used without your permission.
Only navigate to Google Alerts. Then enter the name of your website, your URL or use any of your post.
For example, if you complete each blog post with the same CTA, you will be notified whenever it appears online.
After that, the “Sources” would be selected. In the drop-down list choose “Blogs” and “Web.” Then click on the “Create Warning” button.
Now, any time your website appears on the Web or your website is included, you will receive a mail.
2. Manually search for stolen contents.
Copyscape is a plagiarism checking tool that can also be used to find stolen content published anywhere on the Web.
All you have to do is browse to Copyscape and enter the URL of your website. You should also enter a website or an article URL to see if any of your blog posts or web pages has been copied and stolen.
The free edition of the tool gives you the top 10 results, which should be enough for small WordPress blogs.
3. Contact the accused host or registrar.
Then you found stolen material, and now?
The only way to remove stolen content is to file a DMCA complaint against the website.
Normally, whether it’s a spam website or a site that removes your content from your RSS feed, it can be difficult to find contact information.
However, you can use the IsItWP Search Tool to see where the domain and the website are hosted.
Only enter the domain that posted your stolen content and click on “Analyze the website.”
The tool can retrieve all available information, including the web hosting company and registration office.
You will see that the host and the registrar are shown, even though the website does not use WordPress. You should contact the host and the logger directly to try to withdraw the site.
Because content theft is an illegal activity, web hosting companies do not want to host websites that breach the law. Most reputable hosting companies take DMCA requests seriously and will work with you to resolve the case, including by removing the infringing sites.
4. Send Google a notice of withdrawal.
Another way to remove stolen content is to email Google directly.
You should be careful when using this method because it needs a lot of evidence, and if you are reporting wrongly, it can trigger issues to your account.
There are some ways to file a DMCA complaint with Google, but we advise you to use the Google Search Console complaint.
First of all, you must associate the site with Google Search Console,then you should use the Copyright Deletion Tool from the Google Search console.
Only click on “Create a New Notice.”
This will display a screen where you can enter all relevant information, including your contact information, messages that have been stolen and the stolen hardware location.
The more detailed evidence you are able to get, the higher the likelihood that the accused site will be deleted.
If you need to gather more details for your claim, you can use a tool such as Back Machine.
This tool takes snapshots of the website at various times.
Thus, the date on which you published the article to the offensive site that stole your content subsequently can be compared.
5. Use an all-in-one withdrawal tool and scanner.
You will also use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to help you find duplicate content on the Web.
Only enter your URL into the tool and it will browse the Web to seek locations that have stolen your contents.
Once you have found a site that has plagiarized or stolen your contents, you can click on “Look Managed Withdrawal” to start the withdrawal process.
Please note that the results will not all be stolen material. Perhaps there may be infograms, backlinks, unrelated brand names, etc.
The discovery and withdrawal method is similar to the above tools, but instead of having to use more than one tool, you can do it in one place.
DMCA offers premium withdrawal tools and models for $10 a month. Or you can purchase a full $99 withdrawal package where their team of experts can get the stolen content deleted for you.
Final thoughts on content theft management.
Content theft is a real problem that any website owner must confront. Unfortunately, the bigger the website, the more people can copy you.
Others will rob blatant content by using automated content recovery tools, and others will be inspired by the content and paraphrase.
As a website owner, it is highly frustrating to have the content stolen. We handle this on EduCode regularly. Automated robotic sites are easy enough to remove with DMCA complaints.
However, as we are the biggest WordPress resource site, several other WordPress bloggers, theme companies and even some hosting companies regularly copy our word-to-word title. They can paraphrase the content to make it exclusive, but we know that the inspiration has been taken from our blogs.
We take this imitation as a kind of flattery, and this also confirms that we continue to lead in the right way.
If you have a competitor that still copies ideas to you but is not a blatant copy, you can not do anything about this. Don’t let yourself go down, just keep focusing on your goal to serve your audience.