I recently found a copy of one my Hubs on another website. I emailed the site, and they took it down. However, instead of it coming up as a 404, they set up a redirect so the search results send visitors to another page. Even though my page still outranks theirs for individual sentences and phrases, they are outranking me for a single high-traffic phrase in the title.
I'm not getting anywhere with requests for Google to update their cache or search results. Will this all get sorted out the next time Gbot re-crawls their site? I can't get past this feeling like I've somehow been duped by this redirect thing.
As long as the redirect doesn't take you to another page with the stolen info, things should shake out even if you have to wait for a bot to crawl the page. When that happens, it won't find keywords and such so it'll probably get knocked down. Yeah, people can still go to the page if someone has created a link to it from their website, FB, etc but very few people will be finding it in the search engine after it's "crawled".
I think you're probably right Sheila. I'll just have to be patient. I'm not good at that!
Report it to Google...File a DMCA Complaint...browse through google about DMCA and that will bring you to the proper authority.
There is no point filing a DMCA they have ready taken it down. You can request Google deindex the u but that will take time
Filing DMCA is not only to remove the page. Google has all the power to do everything as you request. They for sure also have the list of websites or IP addresses that do these types of bad practices. I've had one complaint filed a week ago for an article being copied and pasted. Google efficiently did their job and told me that if I need further requests, I can just email them. Reporting is also a matter of putting the culprit on "RED FLAG."
I'm not sure how filing a DMCA would help when the site has already complied with my request to remove the page.
The issue is getting Google to recognize the redirect and reindex the pages correctly. I've tried requesting removal from their cache but they say the page is still live (probably due to the redirect). I've tried requesting a cache update but they say the page no longer returns for that search query. It's like it is stuck in limbo and I don't know what I can do but wait.
You're just going to have to wait Eric. This has happened to me before. If the copied page is indexed then you should always submit a DMCA to Google first. Only once Google has de-indexed the entry should you apply for the content to be removed.
Sometimes learning the hard way is always the best life lesson Eric!
I used to be fixated on removing the copied content until It dawned on me that my first priority should be to remove the competition that came via indexing.
Don't worry, it will all sort itself out eventually.
Best of luck!
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