Has someone got a better SEO ranking than you using your content?

I would say that one of the most terrible things to happen online is that someone has completely ripped off your content and they are out ranking you. This happens all the time and it’s basically fraud and a breach of intellectual property.

That is, some competitor comes alone, notices you ranking well on the search engines, sees your website and they steal your content. They in turn start to rank and in some cases will jump above you.

googlescraperThey are too lazy to write their own web copy and feel that they have the right to go ahead and blatantly plagiarize from your website. Seeing this happen and watching them leap over you on Google is a killer and can have a serious impact on your business if this is not handled and mitigated early.

Businesses and companies who have had this happen to them have companies to the powers that be, that is Google and there is a solution at hand. Basically, because this is such a common practice Google has now introduced a Scraper Report tool.

This new Google Scraper Report form will not offer an immediate fix and solve all your worries as soon as you hit the submit button, but what this does is show that there is a rampant issue with content duplication and this is having a serious affect online.

Potentially, this will facilitate Google’s spam team to take action against these types of spammers and fraudsters. Basically these guys are spammers, and may have their website manually audited. This is a great step forward and show just how serious the search engine companies are taking this matter.

There is a downside to this and that is that people may report scrappers as an act of malicious behavior when in fact these are credible websites that have their own content and their own IP. I would say the good out weighs the bad as this problem does seem to be getting way out of control.

A rule of thumb here is that all content on your website should have been written by you for your customers. It has to be unique and original. Spend a bit of time on this and you will be rewarded. Taking the easier path and copying web content will be eventually found out and you are the only person that will suffer. Google has some very sophisticated algorithms that can detect duplicate copy and the culprits will not be able to evade this for too long.

Another issue that many people don’t realise is that when they are uploading descriptions for products that are common among other websites this can be looked upon as duplicate copy. Think about a car part that you may have that another company also sells. You both have the same description for the part on your sites so which one should rank higher. Truth is the website with the most authority and trust. If they are an older site and their product page has been live for a long time, then quite rightly it should be ranking higher than yours. Logic dictates this. If they are fierce competitors and the sight of seeing them above you simply turns your stomach then a way around this is to write a new and better product description. This might seem like and insurmountable task if you are a large eCommerce site with thousands of products but there is really no way around this.

A lot of people will outsource this or give it to an office junior but we suggest trying a few products out and seeing the effect that it has.

In conclusion, some websites just seem to outrank out even thought they have stolen your content. It may be the case they have spammed their way up the rankings and hence the results but as I always say, what rises quickly on Google will fall even faster. The way to combat this is to keep on writing your blogs, web pages and you will be fine. Eventually, these that copy you will drop. It’s just a matter of being patient and letting the powers that be, do their thing.

Have you lost your Google ranking? Don’t panic.

Lost your SEO rankings? We can help.

So, you have worked very hard to finally get your Google ranking where you would like it to be. That is, on the first page of Google for your main keywords. You have watched your website over the last 3 to 4 months slowly and gradually make it’s way from page 100 all the way up the rankings. How fantastic is that? Business is booming and the phone is ringing off the hook. You could not be more happier.

You can see all the sales leads start to flow in and all those juicy new contracts being signed up. Business is great, you are employing new staff and you are gaining access to a whole new range of clients never thought possible. All of this is due to your rankings and the fabulous work that your SEO company is doing.

Then all of a sudden you go to check your SEO rankings and you get the shock of your life! You are no longer there. Your heart starts to race, your start to panic and for the life of you, you can’t imagine why this has happened.

shutterstockLet me explain what has happened.

This is a common occurrence and can happen and does happen to all types of businesses that have gone down the path of using an SEO company that has absolutely no idea of what they are doing. Essentially, you have been scammed and have used an SEO agency that has simply taken you money.

We have seen this happen time and time again and I cannot tell you how many calls I receive each day from distressed business owners who are in deep trouble because of this.

If you feel that this has happened to you and are absolutely freaking out about what are the appropriate next steps, then please let us know on 02 9360 8514 and we will be able to turn things around for you and get you out of this dreaded Google penalty and rankings drop.

There are basically two types of lost Google rankings. There are the slow gradual loss of ranks which happen over a period of time. Not ideal, but this is the best type of rank loss ( if you were to have one). This means that you have done nothing wrong in regards to your SEO, but your competition for your main keywords has decided to be more aggressive, hence they have over taken you. The best way to counter balance this is to be a little more aggressive with your own SEO campaign. This should work and over time you will start to see your rankings slowly climb back.

A point to note here is that you can’t be too zealous with your SEO campaign or you will end up getting a Google penalty which is described in point number 2. Take things nice and slowly and do not rush with your link building. This is the worse this you can do. Remember not to panic.

The second reason, why your website has suddenly plummeted is because of website penalty. This is the most common problem and there are a few reasons why this has happened.

The main reason is that your SEO company has over optimised your main keywords and this appears ‘spammy’ in the eyes of Google. Basically, Google likes your linking profile to be as organic as possible and if there are suddenly thousands of in bound links, then this will trigger and alert within the search engines. Hence, your website will be either de-indexed or suddenly drop. Many SEO companies in order to full full their promise to you over the phone of super fast rankings will have to over optimse in order to keep their end of the bargain. If they say they will rank you fast, they will do it but this is not the right way to go about things.

What are the Steps Involved in Getting Your SEO Ranking Back?

Firstly, and I know this is hard, but don’t stress too much, there is a solution and we can help all you need to do is digest these points and then leave it to the experts to help you get out of this situation.

1) We have to work out the exact links that have been made. We need to look at your whole linking profile and we do this by gaining access to your Google web master tools account. Most site we do see will have some serious toxic links and our role is to get rid of these ASAP.

2) We then look at ways to remove all  of these links. This is the hard part but our team know the best way to facilitate this. Obviously, because you are in this position, you have used a SEO provider who has used a poor linking strategy and we may have to spend some time on this step, due to the difficulty in getting in touch with all the web owners, where your links are on.

3) Whilst we are implementing this de linking we will check all your ‘on page’ titles, tags and meta descriptions to make sure that these have been done properly. In some cases a quick fix here and your problems are solved. We also make sure that your web content is unique and not copied from any other sites, which could play a major part in this. I could go on for ages about content marketing and the relevance of unique content, but if your site is a blatant copy of another, you will be penalised.

4) Some links may be OK and we make sure that we keep these. Some links are however, low value and are poor quality. In the past these types of links were OK and did have an impact on your rankings. However, due to the over popularity and misuse of this type of SEO, Google has devalued the credibility of these types of in bound links. We will address this and ensure that your website has the best and most highly ranked links associated with it.

5) Finally and we do this when we have ticked all the boxes, and are totally compliant, we submit your new cleaner website for a reconsideration request. Nine times out of ten we make sure that we get you out of the penalty and you start to rank again.

If you have lost your SEO rankings and need to get back to where you were before please get in touch with us today – we will turn your nightmare around very quickly for you and get back those much loved rankings. We are on 02 9360 8514. If on the other hand you are concerned with the way your website was designed and your feel that your on page SEO  has been somewhat neglected I am more than happy to do a SEO audit of your site over the phone and give you some quick pointers on what’s missing and what’s wrong.