Methods of verifying content ownership to Google

One of the concerns that webmasters usually have is the loss of their rights due to other sites copying their site, and sometimes the copying sites get a better rank than them in Google results. This article will discuss the solutions proving content ownership to Google. Please stay with us.

Description of the Google Copyright Removal tool

The Copyright Removal tool allows us to report to Google if the content of our site is copied without referring to the source site by other sites and remove the copied page from Google search results. This issue will be very useful, especially in cases where, for several reasons, the copying site has been ranked better than us in the results. To reject the content ownership claim report, click on Create a new notice link after entering the  Copyright Removal section, complete the DMCA form, and send it to Google for review.

Copyright Removal
Copyright Removal

Methods of proving content ownership to Google

In order to be able to prove your authenticity to Google when rejecting the report of content ownership or defending against false and baseless claims, you should keep a few things in mind and act on them:

  • Immediately after publishing the article, register it in Google.
  • Share the published article immediately on important social networks.
  • As much as possible, include the published material in credible and reliable media.

Record content in Google

One of the most important and effective measures to prove content ownership is to register content immediately after its publication in Google. Google has two tools for this, the old tool called Fetch As Google and the new URL Inspection tool . The Fetch as Google tool has been available to webmasters for years, and as you can see in the image below, this tool will be available until Mar 28, 2019. After that, only the URL Inspection tool can be used to register the site pages in Google.

Fetch as Google
Fetch as Google

Registering content in Google is one of the proofs that you can prove to Google that the content was first published from your site.

Sharing content on social networks

One of the most effective ways to prove content ownership is to share content on popular and important social networks. Among the important media, we can mention Linkedin and Google Plus. Of course, you should note that Google Plus will be completely disabled for some time and it is better not to use it anymore.

Inserting content in credible and reliable media

Another way to prove content ownership is the presence of your content on sites where the link to the desired page of your site is included as a source. If the date of inserting the source of your site page on that site is before the date of copying the content, this issue can be easily proven. It should be noted that by doing the above two things, it is easy to prove the ownership of the content.

Conclusion and summary of the topic

Note that Google does not operate without errors in all cases, and even though you are the owner of your content, Google may remove your site page based on reporting errors or misuse of its results. In this case, you can prove your authenticity to Google using the above-mentioned items and return your site page to Google results. It is also important to note that wrong reporting can have serious legal consequences. Finally, if you have any questions, doubts or comments regarding the methods of verifying content ownership to Google, please post them in the comments section so that they will be answered.