What To Do When Bloggers Copy Your Original Blog Content?

Internet is an open platform, and it’s so easy to copy somebody post and paste it on your blog. In most of the cases, such copy-paste blogger don’t even realize legal complication of such issues. And innocent bloggers like you and me, are the one who have to do various things to handle these people who copy our original content, which we have written after hours of work.  In this post I’m going to discuss several aspects related to blog content copying.

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SEO impact of copying somebody content ?

Will your blog have any impact if someone copies your content?

Yes definitely, you are being put into the risk of losing your search engine rankings and page rank when people copy your blog content. In many cases, copied content from your blog will first get indexed into Google and in those cases your content becomes duplicate. So Google may lower your blog rankings or may even not include your content into its index. So you are not getting the credit for all the hard work you put in writing those valuable contents that are stolen by content thieves.

Find them:

How to find if someone is copying your blog content?

To find out if someone is copying content from your blog posts, copy one sentence or few words from any of your post and search it on Google with double quotes in place around that. Repeat this process 3-4 times for each of your latest 8-10 posts. And in case you see more than one results about from your own website, go through those results and see how they have copied your content, is it some part or copied all of your blog posts and also don’t forget to check whether they have given any credit to you for that content or not. When you run this process regularly, you may find some websites that have copied content from your blog quite often eespecially if you have a popular blog.

You can also take advantage of these free online tools to check for copied content. This will help you to eradicate manual work, and quickly find blogs which are copying your original blog post.

Stop Them:

How to stop people from copying your blog content?

Now it’s all about finding and implementing ways to save your blog from content thieves. Here is something that can be done:

  1. CopyScape Banner: Place a CopyScape Banner on your blog to give a warning message to people who want to steal your content.
  2. Contact Details: And in case you saw a website copying your blog content, you have to look for ways to contact the website owner. Please check the website home page and other important pages like About US, Contact Us, Author Page, Contact form etc from where you can actually interact with the person behind that website. And in case, you don’t get any contact information on that website pages, you can try using Whois and Alexa records to get contact details about that website. Once you have the contact details about that website, here are some steps that you can take to stop people from copying your blog content:
  3. Offer partial feed: Many people uses the automated ways to directly publish your content from your blog feed. A good solution is to start offering partial feed.

5 Steps to take down those Content Copy bloggers:

  • Send Polite e-mail: First step that you can take is sending a polite email to the website owner informing that he had copied content from my website. Copying content is illegal and asks him to remove your copyrighted work. Wait for a response from website owner for the next 5-6 business days.
  • Cease and Desist Notice: If nothing happens with your polite email, you can think of sending Cease and Desist (Also known as C&D) notice to the website owner. Here is a cease and desist sample that you can edit as per your requirement.
  • DMCA Letter to webhost: Another thing that you can do is send a DMCA letter to the webhost of that website. As per law, webhosts are supposed to take strict actions against websites that copies copyrighted work from other websites.
  • DMCA letter to Google Adsense: If the website that had copied content from your website is using Google Adsense can send a DMCA letter to Google Adsense. This is one of strong actions that you can take where the website owner can actually get banned from Google Adsense. In that case, all of his revenue coming through Google Adsense will be gone.
  • DMCA letter to others: Apart from Google Adsense, you can send DMCA letters to other services from where this website is generating business
  • Legal actions: If nothing works, you can think of filing a lawsuit.

Must read: How to report copied content to Google and remove it from Google Search

I’m sure these tips will be very useful for many people who are facing issue from copy content thieves.  What action will you take to prevent those copy content spammer?

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Anil Gupta writes about making money online, blogging, seo, affiliate marketing, Twitter, Wordpress related topics on his ScopeForMoney.com blog


COMMENTs ( 34 )

  1. Shoeb Ansari says

    This post is very nice since you can take appropriate action on those who copying your contents.

  2. Arun Prasath says

    Thanks for this informative article Anil. I now understood what to do when my content is copied!

  3. says

    Thanks a lot sir…
    My website’s content getting copied by someone, but now i m following your steps to stop this. Now i m just waiting for his response to my mail .

  4. Ahmed says

    I tried to file a report to Google but I got scared at some point where they asked if you are sure it is a copyright issue. Can someone please try to explain the difference between Plagiarism and Copyright Violation.

    I know what they mean literally but I’ve now read so many confusing articles and I need clarification.

  5. otobong says

    I just found out that someone copied my post from the beginning and I wanted to react very bad until I found this post. I think its helpful I have to put the dmca and copyscape banner on my blog, period!

  6. Reaz Mahmud says

    I have a blog and here I post my own article. But sometimes my articles is stolen by many persons. I get some knowledge about this.


  7. says

    Excellent share. Thank you for the tips. I just filed a DMCA letter to Google Adsense now let’s see about the web host. Google and Yahoo need measures to black list copy cats.

  8. sudha says

    On some occasion, you can get in this situation when someone publish your latest post and able to get it crawled prior to you, may be by submitting it some social bookmarking websites which are supposed to be one of the easiest and fastest way to index your content in Google and other search engines

  9. Karan Lugani says

    This does happen up many a times with blog owners and i have too personally experienced it. Nice tips. Thanks.

  10. Yogesh Patel says

    But what in case if the person who has copied the content ask for sole ownership to verify whether you actually own that stuff?

  11. Iseng Negblog says

    I think nothing we can do except fighting back, i just considering about SERP when our content duplicated by some one and hi have better position in google, so i just try to get more backlink to my post until i have better from him.

  12. SHARIQ says

    Anil I want to ask a ugly question .
    For a blogger “what is the proof if the article on his blog is original and have not been copied from anywhere .”
    Now I explain my question .
    Suppose You have written this post and someone copies it as such on his blog at the same time .And changes the time and date according to his need .
    Now what is the proof rests .Can you tell me about this problem .

    • Anil Gupta says

      I think it all depends upon the the kind of profile your blog have. If you are a genuine blogger, you will never love to copy other’s work on your blog. And if you are a content stealer, you will be stealing it from lots of blog. With such blogs, most of content is copied from some top blogs in that niche. So by looking at that blog history, you can judge the content for the current post is created by that bloggger or copied it from somewhere else

  13. TechOfWeb says

    Hosting companies I think don’t block any website unless and until theres a legal document available to them.


  14. SHARIQ says

    Well .nice post .
    But the truth is ” copy-pasters can never be grown and can never make an identity ” .I want to give a message to those peoples who do this ” It is useless and if you want to be a successful blogger you must create your own “.
    besides google is cleverer than anyone .

  15. Shahab khan says

    Copyscape badge is not going to make any impact on those crappy content stealers. But i am pretty happy with canonical tag concept. It really brings some relief when you are into these kind of situations

  16. Mad Geek @beingPC says

    Hey that’s something I would like to know about, thanks for this information.

    But I have another question for you, what to do to counterfeit these warning :P

      • Mad Geek @beingPC says

        My question is – what to do when someone send you such type legal notices and you haven’t did anything wrong or have done it unknowingly

        • Anil Gupta says

          In that case, you should talk to the person who sends you that notice. And ask him whether he want you to remove content from your website or will just be happy if you give credit to him for this content.

  17. SmashinGeeks says

    I wanted to ask one thing , what to do when someone uses my background image ? Is it Legal ?

  18. raviraj says

    Not agree with first point – SEO impact – IF you use canonical meta tag then copied content never indexed before your content. Remember one think your original content come first then copicat copied your content.. As per the canonical concept Google always crawl the fresh and genuine content first. if it found 2 same content on different site . it use time period means date of post publication.

  19. Aaron says

    I wonder if the Copyscape badge would be enough of a deterrent for a copy thief? Is anyone familiar with Tynt Insight? It is supposed to track what’s being copied from your site and add a link to your site when it has been pasted. I haven’t tried it myself, yet, but here’s a link if anyone is interested:


  20. Anil Gupta says

    I have so far get lots of success with cease and desist notice. Once I get such notice to a content stealer, he immediately removed my link or agreed to give link attribution for the content he used

  21. Rahul says

    Yes, you can even ask hosting company to block that account owner. Most hosting companies are very aggressive in removing copy cat blogs. So, its is not difficult but it is challenge.

  22. NpXp says

    Well as far as the plagiarism is concerned Google have made it clear that one need not worry about it as long as it doesn’t rank better than the original content itself.

    The worst thing that scares a copy-monkey is when you mail him and say that you are filing a DMCA complaint lol :D

  23. Jonathan Bailey says

    First off, thank you for the link to my stock letters, I greatly appreciate it.

    I also wanted to offer a suggestion. Though Google is fine for finding matching content, it isn’t very practical for blogs as there is so much content and it is constantly changing/being added to.

    Instead, I recommend using FairShare (http://fairshare.cc) as it does a good job tracking blog content but with just a fraction of the effort. With it, you just provide the site your RSS feed and subscribe to the one they give you and you’ll be notified of any copies of your work that appear. It’s a free service.

    Hope this helps some and thank you for the great article!

  24. says

    These are very effective tips. In my personal experience I noticed many bloggers doing thing. I don’t think anyone can make money from it. Google is smart enough to catch those freaks.

    But what if anyone copies your entire blog (I experienced such things also). This is the thing anyone never tolerates. So the best way is:
    1) To send a polite email.
    2) DMCA Letter.

    Nice one Anil.

    • Anil Gupta says

      On some occasion, you can get in this situation when someone publish your latest post and able to get it crawled prior to you, may be by submitting it some social bookmarking websites which are supposed to be one of the easiest and fastest way to index your content in Google and other search engines

  25. Rahul says

    absolute beauty post as usual ! i have been searching for a link to be followed when someone copy the articles ! thanks again.