Do you manage a content based website? Content-based websites can include personal websites, blogs, article websites, news sites, etc. With information readily available on the Internet, it’s easy for anyone perusing topics to steal content from sites. Many times, content such as articles or blog posts are duplicated or copied and posted on spam sites. This takes away potential traffic that could be visiting your site to look at your original content.

In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we have five effective tools to help you find and remove stolen content:

 1.    Webmaster Tools

This is a no-charge service Google offers to allow website owners to optimize visibility of their websites.  This tool enables you to see which domains are linking to your site. If the domains that link to your site aren’t either social networks or followers, you might have a potential content scraper linking your content. Watch the intro video below to learn more about Webmaster Tools.

Note: After setup, it may take a few days to start retrieving data, so it’s best to wait if you want to see accurate results.

 2.    Google Alerts

 Google Alerts is a great tool to find out which content of yours is being used without your permission on a regular basis. Take a snippet of your content, paste it into Google Alerts and setup a schedule of when you would like to receive notifications. Google Alerts will begin sending you an email with a list of sites using the same snippet of your content.

Google Alerts

3.    Copyscape

Copyscape is a great tool to discover what content of yours is being duplicated on the Internet. By entering your URL into the search bar, you will be able to get a few search results of any duplicates for free. The premium account lets you check up to 10,000 pages against your site.


4.    Tynt

The “copy/paste company” provides a service that enables webmasters to receive reports on copied content from their websites. When website or blog owners insert Tynt’s code into their website, Tynt instantly starts to track what has been copied.

Say used Tynt to track this blog, and you copied the first two sentences of this particular post and went to paste it onto another site. This is what you would get:

Do you manage a content based website? Content-based websites can include personal websites, blogs, article websites, news sites, etc.

Read more:….[Tynt tracking number]

5.    WHOIS Lookup

The previous four tools help website owners discover what content is stolen and being used on other websites. Once you have this information, in many cases, you can contact whoever is stealing your content through the site’s contact page or social media accounts.

If this is a spam site or there isn’t a contact form available, website owners can do a Whois Lookup to find out who owns the domain:

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If the information isn’t available through your Whois Lookup, you will still be able to see which registrar the domain is registered through. In that case, contact the registrar to let them know this domain is stealing your content. It doesn’t hurt to give examples as well. Take a look at our page on the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) and how to submit claims through Hostgator has a DMCA form you can fill out too.

If you’ve ever dealt with content scraping or experienced content being stolen from your website or blog, please share what you’ve used to block this type of abuse! We’d love to hear from you in the comments below, or tweet us @domaindotcom.