An SEO professional was asking about a manual action they received, and was curious about DMCA requests.
They found someone who was charging $199 USD per site in order to take down the offending sites. They are concerned about the large cost associated with this.
They exported the list of the external domains on their site and found that they’re a bunch of sites that have stolen and copied their content.
As a result of this discovery, the SEO professional submitted a DMCA takedown of the sites.
They were able to take down around nine sites total.
However, every time they took down a site, the spammer put up another site with exactly the same content to replace the one that was taken down.
Furthermore, they saw a large loss of links, and then they received the manual action.
Their main concern is about the loss of links, and they are unsure about how to deal with the situation.
John explained that there may be multiple things at play.
For the DMCA process, it should be free. If someone is charging you money, then it sounds like a third-party is submitting these requests in your name.
DMCA complaints are something that’s free. So, make sure that you submit them on Google.
If you run into someone that’s charging for these DMCA complaints, then you might want to report them to the abuse address. There should be no charge associated with filing DMCA complaints.
The other thing: if you can remove the content, you can use the full disavow links tool in Google Search Console.
You have to search for it separately on Google in the Help Center. But, if you submit the entire list of 400 domains, you can use the domain directive in the Disavow file.
That way, you can disavow all of the links from those domains at once.
Google can then ignore them in their systems, and this can also work for the manual action.
Additionally, regarding the manual action: the manual actions team would not take a manual action because of someone else copying your website.
These manual actions are done manually by this team, so they would normally only submit them based on their own findings.
What John thinks happened is that there could be a mistake that occurred with a manual action, which is always possible.
However, there could also be another link issue with your website that you need to resolve first.
He recommends they visit the Help forums, post about the situation, and get input from other people on these forums. Some of them might have different tools for looking at links, and so on.
This would help them get better clarification and confirmation of the story.
Traditionally, however, DMCA requests should not result in a manual action for links. This is an entirely unrelated issue.
This happens at approximately the 18:45 mark in the video.