How To Remove All Copied Content From Google Search

When you are publishing content online, there is a chance that others can copy it and publish it on their website.

Many of them do this out of ignorance, but ultimately it’s you who has to pay the price.

  • You will lose traffic and ranking.

Google is getting smarter in finding pages which are duplicating your content, but not every time.

Sometimes, when others copy stuff from your blog, their copied web page is ranking higher than your original content.

While I was working on my website to recover from Google Panda, I realized that post duplication was a major reason for my site’s penalty.

If your content is also being copied by others, this tutorial will educate you on how you can report such pages to Google.

Once you report these copied pages, Google will remove it from its web-index and your original ranking will be restored. If you are reporting content that’s on the BlogSpot/Blogger platform, Google will flat out delete this duplicate content.

In my experience, they take around 2-10 days to process your request.

(Note: While Google has the power to delete BlogSpot/Blogger blogs, for self-hosted WordPress blogs, you can only report to remove it from Google’s web search. To delete that blog completely, you need to send a DMCA notice to the web-host of that site.)

Find copied content from your blog:

Blog copying your content

There are many services like Grammarly and Copyscape which you can use to find copied content from your blog. Or you can simply pick up a line from your blog post and do a Google search with quotes around it.

Here’s an example:

Go into Google and search for (with quotes)-

  • “Or you can simply pick up a line from your blog post and do a Google search with quotes around it”

Report copied content to Google:

So once you have identified your copied content, go to the Google DMCA page and select  submit a legal request.

“Web Search” (or “Blogger” if appropriate).

In this case, I’m selecting “web-search” as an example because the content is copied by Bloggers on various platform like self hosted WordPress and a few forums.

Now, select the rest of the options as appropriate in your case.

On the next page select these options:

  • Google Products: Blogger/BlogSpot
  • Reason: I have found content that may violate my copyright.
  • Copyright: Yes, I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  • Work in question: Other.

After selecting this, it will give you a link to “this form” which will take you to a page where you can report those pages from the BlogSpot blog that is copying your content.

Note: If the copying website is not BlogSpot, you should select “Web Search” as the first option.

Here are the direct links for the different forms:

Now fill out the form and report all of the links. You can use a single form to report multiple links.

reporting-copyright-content

Before submitting, re-check your request.

It may be a little time consuming to re-check everything, but this works the best. Within a couple of days you will get rid of all such copied content and you will get back all of your stolen traffic.

  • If those blogs (auto-RSS content generated blogs) are using AdSense on their pages, follow this link and report it to the Google AdSense team for a violation of copyright. This will cost the spammer the use of their AdSense account.

So far, I have removed hundred of links in the last couple of days and I can see my lost traffic coming back to my blog (especially for those keywords which were stolen by such copy-paste bloggers).

Earlier, I never bothered about reporting such posts to Google, but now it’s always a good idea to report all such copied content to Google.

Do let us know if you are in the habit of reporting such copied content to Google in the comments below. How has it helped your traffic?

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

98 thoughts on “How To Remove All Copied Content From Google Search”

  1. Hello Harsh,

    I appreicate your effort, you have great skill to explain anything.

    Recently I have read blog on SEJ that Google deindex 1.75B website from google search result and I also want to apply for one of my client but not aware from where I can do it but after reading your post I have applied for it and hopefully it will be remove.

    Thanks for sharing perfect guide!!

  2. Shoutmeloud is just a wonderful blog for life. This blog has always been there to help me out. Thanks. I will filll out the form right away.

  3. Hi Harsh
    thanks for such a great Blog for beginners.
    you told that google notifies for copied content. but please clear my doubt that what is someone copy my content and change words with its synonyms. and with Grammarly, it is easily done.

  4. Perfect artilce. I am reading many articles for DMCA. But your content is all and useful information for fix DMCA issues.

  5. Will google remove my blog if i keep receiving dmca notices ? If yes then after how many dmca notices my blog will be removed

  6. Thanks for information and tutorial, very helpful for me.Hope that it will be useful to get our visitors back…

  7. thank a lot for this informations…my blog also had copypaste n autopost by the illegal owner… ur info help me to solve this problems.

  8. Sourajit Saha

    In one post, you have said to build an authority to prevent this. This is a good way I think, but new bloggers like me can not get that benefit right now. Have to work harder until I get an authority in Google’s eyes.

  9. I filed copyright reports with Google, but in spite of duplicate content, Google did not remove the content as according to them, the content is not infringing. I find their response very inappropriate. The content I am referring to was created by me and I am the original owner. Unfortunately, it was copyrighted by several websites similar to mine, therefore I do not understand how Google refuses to remove it. Instead, they suggested that I contact owners of those sites, which I did, but they did not remove the content. Is there anything I can do?

  10. I am a newcomer to the digital marketing. Unknowingly I have copied content from many websites.My question is if anyone reports me to Google, will I get any notification regarding content removal from my website?

    1. @Dhyanasree
      If you are using Google search console, then you may receive notifications. I’m not 100% certain of this.

  11. Aruj Budhraj

    Thank You Harsh! This has helped me a lot.

    Sometimes, you feel so dissatisfied of Google’s harsh and stringent policies that ruin the freedom of being a blogger.

    Dealing with plagiarism is one of toughest issues as a Blogger.
    I believe this can be dealt in this wonderful way.

    Thanks!

  12. Is there any service except Copyscape where one can check whether the content is genuine or not. Tried Google search with quotes around it but many times Google doesn’t give the complete list. Moreover, it is a tedious process.

  13. Rajdeep Das

    Thanks Harsh,
    Thanks a lot for the post. Really a great and helpful info to recover my traffic.

  14. Ismail Blogger

    Thank you for the awesome guide Harsh.. Few days ago i was filling a DMCA against a copycat and mistakenly submiited my own website 60 URLs into infringement slot..
    all those URL were on 1st page of Google..
    Any how i filled DMCA counter notification and Google gives me 10 days.. lets See what happens.
    regards

  15. Hi Harsh,

    What if your content is on free wordpress.com site and the one who copied you content used self-hosted site. Does google side more with the one who uses self-hosted site than the one who uses free wordpress.com?

    Your website provide so much value, I’ve learned a lot from your posts.

    I still want to try out free wordpress.com site before I move out completely to self-hosted site. I’m still a beginner on this thing. So I need your insight on this.

    1. @Mia
      No, Google doesn’t differentiate based on the platform.
      As long as you can prove you are the real owner, you can use the above-mentioned DMCA form to report to Google.

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