You put your hard work and countless hours to develop the content for your blog. One day, someone comes from somewhere, just press down 2 keyboard shortcuts (copy and paste) and put your content on their blog.
Now, he told the world that he is the owner of the content and enjoy all the benefits of your content.
Like it or not, this is happening on the internet.
Content stealing is hurting and it is going endless. But, it is your responsibility to protect your content and claim your copyrights whenever it is needed.
From the start of my blogging career, I see many peoples are copying my content. I don’t want to file a complaint on them. Because Since I'm a single man show and I don’t want to spend any time on that.
In the meantime, I don’t know it’s consequences entirely. Nowadays, I begin to file DMCA complaint and here are the reasons why you should.
Why You should File a Complaint?
Because, it will save you from many problems. Here are the scenarios that may happen to you if you let other to copy your content:
- They may take a higher position on the SERP than you.
- They may hotlink your image which may cause your bandwidth.
- They may get more comments, shares and credits for your work.
I think these reasons are enough and I hope you are convinced now to make a complaint against the sites that copied your content.
Okay, the next step is finding the sites that copied your content. There are many ways to do this and here are some of the methods I suggest:
Methods to Find Copied Content
There are many sites are helpful in finding copied content. Just do a Google search “Copied content” and you’ll find numerous free sites which is helpful to do this task. For instance, you can use the copyscape.
Method 2 [recommended]:
You can find copied content by doing google search. Just do a google search of the random statements from your post, make sure to double quote the statement like this:
Note it down the copied blog post URL. After you find out the blogs that are copying your content, the next steps is to take action.
What will You Need to do After Finding Copied Content?
You can ask the blog admin to remove your content from his blog via email.
Don’t use rude words. Just email what they do and what you will do (DMCA complaint) when they’ll not remove your content. Make sure to mention the blog post URLS (Both yours and him/her) you are talking about.
To be honest, I’m not a fan of this method. But, I’ve tried it once and surprisingly it did worked. If you don’t want to go through the process of complaining, use this method.
If you don’t want to do this or the blog admin won’t respond to you, then we can file a DMCA complaint.
Steps to File a DMCA Complaint
First, you need to make sure the CMS of the website you are going to complaint. If you are complaining about the blog using wrong form, then it will get rejected.
For instance, complaining WordPress blog using the blogger form simply get rejected.
You can use this best CMS detectors to find the CMS.
Now, go to the following forms depending upon the CMS
In my case, I mostly deal with the Blogger blogs. So, I’ll explain the steps to file a complain against the Blogger blog.
Remember you need to be sure that the blog have copied your content and don’t play any games by filing the complaint. Because, it will lead you to the unnecessary trouble.
Once you click on Blogger link above, you’ll in this page where you need to fill up the information.
Submit all the information and they will take care of the rest. If they need additional information, they will contact you via email.
Go to this copyright removal dashboard to see the status of your complaint. If they approved, the copied content is removed.
Your content is not only your hard work, it is your asset. So protect them.
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Have you ever been in the situation of filing DMCA complaint before? I like to hear your thoughts on comment section below.