Some website is reposting my content?

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Hello everyone. I've been working on a website for a few months now and things are going well. I'm steadily rising in the serps and adding new content. However, the other day I noticed some strange blogging site re-posting my content.

The reason I found out is because I got a "pingback" request under the comments for my site. I didn't approve the comment/pingback but it did show me the website it's appearing for and that's how I found out.

Now, these guys are re posting any new article I post including my affiliate links and everything, so they're literally just copy pasting and changing nothing. And to be clear they are linking back to me as the source at the bottom of the article. I'm not sure what benefits this gives them as they don't change anything including my affiliate links.

My question is. Should I be worried? What if google thinks they wrote the article first and penalizes me? I've reached out to them and I'm awaiting their reply. Also, I'm not the only one they are doing this to. It seems their entire website is just reposting and giving credit/linking back to the original site.

What should I do?
 

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Hello everyone. I've been working on a website for a few months now and things are going well. I'm steadily rising in the serps and adding new content. However, the other day I noticed some strange blogging site re-posting my content.

The reason I found out is because I got a "pingback" request under the comments for my site. I didn't approve the comment/pingback but it did show me the website it's appearing for and that's how I found out.

Now, these guys are re posting any new article I post including my affiliate links and everything, so they're literally just copy pasting and changing nothing. And to be clear they are linking back to me as the source at the bottom of the article. I'm not sure what benefits this gives them as they don't change anything including my affiliate links.

My question is. Should I be worried? What if google thinks they wrote the article first and penalizes me? I've reached out to them and I'm awaiting their reply. Also, I'm not the only one they are doing this to. It seems their entire website is just reposting and giving credit/linking back to the original site.

What should I do?

Experiencing the same thing too. Interested to know what will happen. Didn't seem to affect me though.
 

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Well since they're actually linking back to you, you should be fine. However I've seen this happen before, just the other day actually where someones article that was ranking went from sometthing like #2 to #100 because someone copy/pasted his article on to Quora.

How old is your domain? Is it "strong" (metrics wise)? And what about the site copying you, are their site older/newer than yours?
 

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Maybe that site you are talking about is using an aggregation plug-in and one of the feeds it is using is from your site's rss feed. There many such kinds of plugins you can use for Wordpress or other platforms, there are free ones and paid ones. Some of these aggregation plug-ins have features that allow for spinning of the feed content before being posted. One example of these aggregation plug-ins is CyberSEO Lite, just google it. There are tons of such kind of plugins.
 

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Experiencing the same thing too. Interested to know what will happen. Didn't seem to affect me though.

So far I haven't noticed anything negative. I check my keywords and I'm still ranking at the top and they are nowhere to be found for that same keyword.

Well since they're actually linking back to you, you should be fine. However I've seen this happen before, just the other day actually where someones article that was ranking went from sometthing like #2 to #100 because someone copy/pasted his article on to Quora.

Yeah, I read that as long as they credit and link back to me Google should know I'm the original author. I'm still annoyed that they didn't ask me for permission and post the entire article. I wish they would just post like no more than 30% of the article.

How old is your domain? Is it "strong" (metrics wise)? And what about the site copying you, are their site older/newer than yours?

My site is about 7 months old and metrics wise it's doing ok for what you would expect a 7 month old site to be. Their site is about 1 year old so they beat me on age.

@icemetal I recently watched this video made by the Income School guys on YouTube. Perhaps you find it usefull.


Will watch, thanks!

Its probably an autoposting website.

Frankly, as long as theyre linking to you or even if theyre just keeping your links in the articles, theres nothing to do. Enjoy :D

That's kinda what I figured. I just get a little worried as i don't want all my hard work to be for nothing. I've reached out to them so let's see if I get a response. Thanks!

Maybe that site you are talking about is using an aggregation plug-in and one of the feeds it is using is from your site's rss feed. There many such kinds of plugins you can use for Wordpress or other platforms, there are free ones and paid ones. Some of these aggregation plug-ins have features that allow for spinning of the feed content before being posted. One example of these aggregation plug-ins is CyberSEO Lite, just google it. There are tons of such kind of plugins.

That's really shady. However, they aren't spinning my content and they are decent enough to link back to me which should keep me safe from any penalties. I believe they call it content syndication. Still I wish they would've asked me for permission first.

I met that case before they don't give me any credit and indexed that post before my site; theirs tends to steal my content. I'm looking for the way to deal with then I found this https://support.google.com/legal/answer/3110420?hl=en everything will be fine within a week that page will be gone.

Yeah, that sucks they didn't credit you and you absolutely should take legal action. In my case they are crediting me back so I think I'll be ok. However, if it keeps bothering me and they don't respond to my email I may take action as a last resort, thanks!
 

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You have links on their pages, so just let it be like that. If you think that affects your rankings you can always submit a DMCA complain to Google to take those pages down.
 

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You have links on their pages, so just let it be like that. If you think that affects your rankings you can always submit a DMCA complain to Google to take those pages down.

Yeah, I'm leaning more towards just leaving it alone. I still hope they respond to my email though as I'd like to know the motives behind this and maybe get him to ask before he syndicates my content.
 

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Just an update. I was able to stop the complete reposting of my article by simply limiting my rss feed to show just a summary of the article. Now, with this option only a small paragraph of the article got posted so it's clear that they are using a plugin to automatically post my content when it goes live. However, I was also able to completely stop them from reposting my article by simply unchecking "allow pingbacks and trackbacks" within the article settings. I'm all good now!
 

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Do they credit/link back to you at least?

Many of the times I have seen providing credit to the original source but my only worry is when the copied article ranks above the original article :(

There is also a discussion related to this here: https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/how-can-it-be-that-he-is-not-penalized.1155572/ and https://www.blackhatworld.com/seo/is-there-really-a-penalty-for-duplicate-content.1161528/

I believe these @Moto801 and @jamie3000 can enlighten more on this although I believe the above threads have it all covered :)
 
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