Wondering where some of my traffic has buggered off to so I have searched some of my main keywords only to find that direct copies of my hubs now outrank the original hubs by being published on of all places LinkedIn...
It seems that a copy on LinkedIn will outrank our original articles very easily.... Not only will they outrank they will take the first place in the SERPS on Google!!!
Looking forward to endorsing the offending assholes as plagiarists and thieves when they accept my connection requests as I am sure they will!!!
I'd make sure LinkedIn management knows about this disgusting THIEF. I hate people like that. It is stealing. Plain and simple.
Google is really, really interested in having people demonstrate to them that stolen content can outrank the original. They sort of swear this doesn't happen, so you may find it productive to point that out to them.
Whoa, that's not good and I wasn't aware of it. Too bad LinkedIn isn't like facebook which doesn't get indexed, except for the fan pages.
The problem is, of course, that they are outranking the originals. A slew of copies never do that, but when they do it's a problem.
I have had several hubs either partially or completely plagiarized by people who write for LinkedIn. When I have filed DMCA complaints with them using their form, those articles always disappear within a day.
It really irks me that Google is allowing the copied work to outrank our own, but it's a clear message that they don't think much of HP. We just seem to always be the underdogs in this fight, and I'm afraid we are going to lose it.
This really sucks!
A couple of years ago Paul Edmondson was concerned about this and wrote a forum topic about it.
Get a link for the search results page where the stolen content outranks yours and report it to Google here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Pw1KVO … Y/viewform
Then, file a DMCA notice with LinkedIn on their form:
Thanks writer fox - already submitted for LinkedIn, but the link to report to Google was worthwhile; although the articles are now all gone from LinkedIn - they react quite quickly.
Submitted the links anyway to Google.
Next time, get the link for Google search results first! Reporting on that form helps Google correct its algorithms, which will eventually help us all.
LinkedIn is great for removing stolen content. The same group owns SlideShare, if you ever have a problem there.
People will always steal and we will always find copies of our work on the internet - that unfortunately is a fact of life..
The thing that really annoys me is that the COPY is in the number one slot on Google costing me hundreds of visits per day... So much for Google knowing the original!!
I should also add that for the one that I am most pissed about being copied and that has lost me the most traffic that the second place in the SERPS is also a rewritten version of my hub with the same info in exactly the same order but without the images.. pushing my original to third place..
To add insult to injury the LinkedIn one also has the nice definition box that Google puts at the top of the page also.. so it gets two slots - and the stolen image is the one listed in the images not the original image... so the stolen copy now has 3 slots above the original and the original is now below the fold and invisible - no wonder the traffic just dried up overnight....
I wonder if the upcoming Google update will fix any of that. I read (on a forum thread, I think) that the upcoming update is not an algorithm update but a data update; meaning, supposedly, that the SERPs could get reordered and previously falling pages could rise back up.
So you invoice the site which has published the stolen copy for lost earnings......
The attitude of some people amazes me - I contacted one of the plagiarists on LinkedIn and asked them politely to remove my article which they had copied. They then informed me that they understood my concern but they have stated on their profile that the many articles that they have published are "collected" and not written by them so that it is OK for them to publish it!!!
Did not matter how I worded my emails - they think that they can publish as long as they have said that they are copying and that I was in the wrong for contacting them to ask them to remove it! - So I told them that I have asked LinkedIn to remove the content through the official form and received a new skill of "goats" from the asshole in question for telling them!!
Lets see how long it takes LinkedIn to remove the offending articles...
Found a couple of mine there too and reported to Linkedin. I have stopped being nice and contacting the offenders directly. Most of the time they get very defensive and refuse to collaborate. Now I go straight to reporting to the hosting company--whenever I can find them. For some reason lately, when I go on whois, and contact who I believe is hosting, turns out they say they aren't hosting the website in question. So they tell me to try to contact another possible hosting company, but they also say they don't host the said website. This is getting very frustrating.
This is the spot to file a scraper out ranking you on Google. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Pw1KVO … Y/viewform
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