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    Help ! I have a Panda Penalty

    Help,
    I have a Panda penalty for duplicate content and the people who stole my content ranks number 3 for house cleaning atlanta . while my site suffers.

    how do I go about shutting that site down.

    is there a way for google to see who wrote the content originally ?

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    Re: Help ! I have a Panda Penalty

    Find out who the host is and send a DMCA complaint.
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    Re: Help ! I have a Panda Penalty

    They removed the content but others have stole my content too. How much do I have to rewrite my page ? It seems like everyone stole some or all of my site.

    I have to rewrite it , but how much so. I know the words have to be different but how much the structure. I took a long time to write it and had this content for quite awhile but I see now its all over the web now.

    Sigh what should I do ?

    how can I prevent this and how come Google penalized me ?

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    Re: Help ! I have a Panda Penalty

    I experienced this on my own site. A local competitor copied and pasted content, including typos. I notified google of the copied content with screenshots and they de-indexed the offending pages. Use copyscape to find offenders and when their pages are de-indexed you shouldn't have a penalty. I would be careful to make sure that is the reason for the penalty. I never received one when it happened to me.

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    Re: Help ! I have a Panda Penalty

    When I looked to contact Google they said , I had to do it through their hosting and they did not remove content or something. how did you do it ?

    I was looking at my analytics and looking at Panda updates and huge drop on a Panda update. Not only did this one website copy my work , there is seriously like a hundred others . sigh


    what should I do ?

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    Re: Help ! I have a Panda Penalty

    Not sure about getting the spammer's content taken down, but you should read experiment 4 on this article. The basic idea is that Google will show whichever duplicate has the best rankings. You see this a lot in the news industry, where you've got a hundred syndications all publishing the same few paragraphs. Google ranks the one that's got the best page rank and settles it with that.

    I know it's frustrating to have your content stolen, and hopefully you'll be able to level that playing field and get them to take it down, but in the mean time if you do some backlink building and SEO work, you'll start ranking and they'll be the ones getting the duplicate content penalty.

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    Re: Help ! I have a Panda Penalty

    GOOGLE IS CRAZY.

    They refused to take down my content from the offenders Google Plus page. What in the world they stole my content almost word for word.

    my website is mightycleanhome at the .com


    the offenders Google Plus page is

    https://plus.google.com/+LisasNatura...ceSmyrna/about



    they had all this content on their homepage too. Now they had someone spin the context but still there

    But why would google not take any action , while the content is clearly mine !!! ???????

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    Re: Help ! I have a Panda Penalty

    Have you tried posting in the Webmaster Central forum to see if the issue can be escalated at all? I'm not 100% sure if they can do anything about it.
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    Re: Help ! I have a Panda Penalty

    Legally they are suppose to take down copyrighted infringement context

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    Re: Help ! I have a Panda Penalty

    Panda is actually not really about duplicate content. If someone scrapes your website and republishes data from it, that really should not harm you.

    John Mueller has said before that if your site is ranking below someone who has scraped your site, then it's because your site has issues that are pulling it down. A Panda suppressed site can be outranked by scrapers.

    Here is more information on Panda and duplicate content:

    https://moz.com/blog/have-we-been-wr...anda-all-along

    It's never nice to see someone ranking well with your content and I agree that you should file a DMCA to see if you can get it taken down. You could also consider having an attorney contact them as well. That may accomplish things faster.

    I seem to recall that we reviewed your site before (I could be wrong on that though) and it was a different design.And, I seem to recall that that site had a number of significant issues. If the old site was affected by Panda, it will take some time for Panda to reassess the new site and see that it is now high quality and remove the Panda filter that is hindering you. Unfortunately at this point we don't know how often Panda is re-running. But, you may find that at some point weeks or months from now you suddenly lose the Panda filter and are able to rank well again.

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