An SEO professional asked John Mueller about duplicate, copied content in the search results.
They explained that spammy websites keep regularly copying their content. These sites can be very spammy and have very low domain authority.
And they are working on doing a manual delisting of URLs from Google Search Console. They are using the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) form on Google in order to do this.
Their main question is: do they need to go further with an alternative option in order to fully delist sites, so that they will no longer receive spammy content to their site?
John asked what they mean about an alternative process.
The SEO pro said – from very spammy they mean that these are very toxic backlinks. They are getting so many toxic backlinks and most of the sites out there are copying their entire site.
And then they are delisting them using Google’s DMCA request form. They are submitting the request to Google manually.
Their question is: is this the right way to do this?
John explained that if another site is copying their copyrighted content, then the DMCA form, like they are using, is the right way.
The SEO pro also alluded to paying for a plan to delist the URLs.
John explained that Google has absolutely no paid plans or anything like that. The DMCA process is entirely free and you can use it directly in Google Search Console.
It’s important to note that the DMCA process is a legal process, and John cannot provide legal advice. He advises to check with a lawyer just to see if this is something that would be appropriate.
This happens at approximately the 08:37 mark in the video.