How to know if the content of your website is being copied or not

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The biggest problem for website owner’s or bloggers is having the post content copied. It is impossible to completely stop people from copying, but we can make their work difficult by following some tips. If you’re experiencing such a situation and wants to know the content of your website is being copied or not? Don’t worry, in this article, I’m going to share a trick with you that will help you easily identify the culprit copying your post content.

You can disable copy-paste and right-click on your website of blog. This can be done with the help of JavaScript code. Don’t worry I am going to provide you the code also. You just have to copy the code and paste into your footer part. For this if you are using WordPress, then go to Appearance -> Theme File Editor -> Click on footer.php file from Theme Files section. Insert bellow code just before </body>. Here is the javascript code to disable copy-paste:

<script type='text/javascript'>

if (typeof document.onselectstart != "undefined") {
    document.onselectstart = new Function("return false");
} 
else {
    document.onmousedown = new Function("return false");
    document.onmouseup = new Function("return false");
}

// disable right-click
document.addEventListener("contextmenu", (event) => {
    event.preventDefault();
});

</script>

Apart from this there are few plugin already available for the same in WordPress. But above approach will be applicable for any kind of website or blogs.

How to Determine if Your Site’s Content is Being Copied or Not?

If you want to know the content of your website is being copied or not and if you’re unsure, you can simply copy your any one line of content and paste on google search within quotes (“….”). The Google search result page will list down all website or blogs where same content found. Now you will have list of those websites where same content are being used.

Alternatively, you can use the following tools for the same:

1. Copyscape

www.copyscape.com

You can write the URL that you want to check for stolen content. This will provide a list of those websites where same content is being used. Please note that premium features are not free here.

2. Google Alerts

You can set up Google Alerts for your unique keywords or phrases from your content that you want not being used by others. Google will notify you by email if it found any web page that contains those specific keywords or terms. It’s a great tool to search for stolen content.

3. DMCA takedown notices

If you find your content has been stolen, just file a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice with the website hosting the stolen content. Many websites have a designated DMCA process, which allows you to report copyright violations and request the removal of your content. You can get more help in this regard from Report Content On Google. Please note this should be done only if your competitors stolen your content and getting higher rank on due to same content. If you complains without proper evidence, just to down the ranking of your competitors then it will be harmful for your website. Google may penalised your website in case of false complains.

4. Google Search Authorship

You can setup the Google Search Authorship if you publish content on regular basis, this will help you to prove yourself as owner on that content. If someone copied your content and publish somewhere, the Google search will have information that, the content is originally belonging to you and you will get higher rank in Google search result page.

FAQ

What to do if someone copies your website content?

Here are few points that you can do if someone copies your website content:
1. List down details to prove about duplicate content and you published the content first. Like the print screen of pages, the published date, about author etc.
2. Try to to contact owner of that website of blog directly and ask them to remove duplicate content. If you are thinking how to get detail of that website owner, then you can visit contact us page of that website or check whois (https://who.is/). You might get the details.
3. In case if owner refuse to delete the content from there website then you can file a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint against the copied site. You can submit a removal request to search engines like Google, Bing etc.
4. Furthermore if you want you can request search engine to remove outdated content.

Can someone copy my website content?

It is often found that new content writers try to become over smart and do copy paste from other resources. But this may violate the copyright of the person who originally published that content. If it’s found by the owner of that website, they can complain this to search engines and your website may penalised by the search engines and your website may not rank on search result.

Even it may be possible that, you will face some legal problems, if the actual owner of that content take some legal action against you. So it’s not suggested to do copy and paste content from any website. Try to create your won content.

Sometime it’s also observed that the search engines down the rank of actual or original website from where someone copied the content and the copied website gets higher rank on search engine. In this case the owner of actual or original content website can complain this to search engines with some evidence like the publish date or search engines console report etc. In such cases it the website who copied content may penalised by the search engines.

Does copying content affect SEO?

Yes, if you copy content from any website and publish on your website, the search engines may not rank your website. Because it’s as per algorithm of search engines, it always wants to highlight the unique and quality content first.

How does Google identify duplicate content?

To know the content of your website is being copied or not, the simplest and suggest by google is to simply copy your any one line of content and paste on google search within quotes (“….”). The Google search result page will list down all website or blogs where same content found.

I hope the given information will be helpful for you. However, if you have any question related to this topic, you can simply write your comment. I will try to reply as soon as possible.

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Dharmendra is a blogger, author, Expert in IT Services and admin of DJTechnews. Good experience in software development. Love to write articles to share knowledge and experience with others. He has deep knowledge of multiple technologies and is always ready to explore new research and developments.

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