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How To Tackle And Counter Google Search’s DMCA Removal Notice

Tackle And Counter Google Search's DMCA Removal Notice

What do you do when someone copies your original content, be it an image, audio or video?

You file a DMCA complaint. Google takes these complaints very seriously and follows it up with strict actions. I have talked about the DMCA earlier, the details of which you can read in these articles:

Google has a DMCA transparency page where you can see the number of DMCA requests Google has processed. You can also enter your domain name to see how many DMCA takedown requests have been made against your domain and everything else related to it.

Even though Google tries its best to not make mistakes, there can be errors as the DMCA requests are processed by humans. In the video below, let us learn how Google processes the DMCA requests:

This is what happened to me this morning when I received an email from Google search saying:

“Notice of DMCA removal from Google Search”

That is when I investigated the issue further and discovered that there was some error for which I need to file a counter-notice.

Here is a screenshot of an actual email that I received:

Notice of DMCA removal from Google Search

None of us want to receive such emails, but if you have received one and you are not at fault, you can always submit a DMCA counter-notice to fix the issue. Also, do not take this lightly. It has been reported that DMCA can affect your search ranking:

Since we re-booted our copyright removals over two years ago, we’ve been given much more data by copyright owners about infringing content online. In fact, we’re now receiving and processing more copyright removal notices every day than we did in all of 2009—more than 4.3 million URLs in the last 30 days alone. We will now be using this data as a signal in our search rankings.

Note: Copying content, deleting it after receiving the notice, and then filing a counter-notice can have severe legal implications. Therefore, counter it only when you are not at a fault and know for sure that the DMCA notice is a mistake.

How To File A DMCA Counter-Notice To Google

If you have received an email like I did, the best place is to click on the link in the email to file the DMCA counter-notice. You can also use this direct link from Google’s help page to file the counter-notice.

For this tutorial, I assume you have received the email and click on the link under “What you can do next” section. (See screenshot below)

Counter notification Search

This will take you to the “DMCA counter-notification form” where you can fill up all the fields. This is an easy part and you should be able to fill it up easily. The only part that would require most of your attention is “Please provide more details to justify your request“.

DMCA Counter notification form filling

Depending upon the severity of your issue, you can add as many details as possible to help the reviewer assess the issue and take appropriate action.

Conclusion

If you ever find yourself in such a situation, the first thing to do is not panic. Evaluate the possibilities of errors on your part (including your team). If that’s not the case, grab a cup of coffee and follow the above steps to file the counter-notice.

There is a good guide on Moz blog that you can also refer to for more examples of filing the form.

Do write back and let us know if you have been slapped with a DMCA notice and how you tackled it. Look forward to seeing your comments below.

Also, here are a few hand-picked guides that must read next:

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Ray Dalio Quotes – The Principles Are Your Key to Success!

Ray Dalio is one of the most prolific investors in the world. Despite being worth 30+ billion dollars he has kept a relatively low profile compared to others of his wealth.

Over the course of his career, he has averaged unbelievable returns, more than doubling the S&P 500. Ray gained a ton of notoriety after being interviewed in Tony Robbins, “Money: Master the Game” book. He currently runs Bridgewater, the largest hedge fund in the world. 

Earlier this year he released his own book, “Principles” which has gone on to critical acclaim. In the book, he breaks down the principles of how to become successful, both in life and work.

Use these Ray Dalio quotes to create your own principles of success. 

“The best advice I can give you is to ask yourself what do you want, then ask ‘what is true’ — and then ask yourself ‘what should be done about it.’ I believe that if you do this you will move much faster towards what you want to get out of life than if you don’t!” ― Ray Dalio

So many people go on to live an average, mediocre life because they never define what they want.

Are you clear on your goals, dreams, and desires? Do you know what you want to accomplish in your lifetime?

Without sitting down and asking yourself these questions it will be easy to spend your entire life working on someone else’s dreams. Start by figuring out what you want and what you hold true.

Identifying what you want to achieve is the fastest way to reaching your goals.  

Ray Dalio Quotes - The Principles Are Your Key to Success!

“School typically doesn’t prepare young people for real life — unless their lives are spent following instructions and pleasing others. In my opinion, that’s why so many students who succeed in school fail in life.” ― Ray Dalio

This a powerful quote that shows there is a disconnect from the education system and the real world. If you want to create the most successful version of your life you need to keep working on yourself constantly. 

As Warren Buffett said, “The best investment you can make is an investment in yourself.”

 

“More than anything else, what differentiates people who live up to their potential from those who don’t is a willingness to look at themselves and others objectively” ― Ray Dalio Quotes 

Being self-aware is so key to reaching your potential. While negative feedback can be hard to hear, often times that constructive criticism is exactly what you need to progress.

If you’re setting goals the right way, they should be so big that they require you to become someone else to achieve them. This will require you to learn new skills, meet new people, and welcome feedback to get better.

Ray Dalio Quotes - The Principles Are Your Key to Success!

“By and large, life will give you what you deserve and it doesn’t give a damn what you like. So it is up to you to take full responsibility to connect what you want with what you need to do to get it, and then to do those things.” ― Ray Dalio

There are 67 success principles in Jack Canfield’s best selling book, “The Success Principles.” The first? Take 100% responsibility for your life.

If you place blame on others you will never reach your goals. Once you take 100% responsibility for your life you’re on your way to achieving your goals.

 

“I believe that for the most part, achieving success — whatever that is for you — is mostly a matter of personal choice and that, initially, making the right choices can be difficult.” ― Ray Dalio Quotes 

If you’re facing a tough decision in life, go with your gut. Trust yourself because 9 out of 10 times you are right. And if you’re not, take responsibility, learn from your experience and move on.

Use these Ray Dalio quotes to achieve massive success in your life and business.

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This Is How You Can Disable Comments On WordPress Posts

Disable Comments On WordPress Posts

The comment feature of WordPress CMS makes it one of the ideal platform for blogging. However, not every post of your blog needs the comment feature and you can always choose to disable it.

The customization feature of WordPress is what all of us enjoy the most. In WordPress, we have the option to:

  • Disable comments on specific posts
  • Disable comments on specific pages
  • Disable comments on all the pages

Depending upon your requirement, you can pick either of it.

A practical situation that I’m experiencing these days is that some of the popular posts on ShoutMeLoud are getting a lot of comments. The problem is, only 1% of the comments are genuine on those posts. The rest of the comments are spams or blunt self-promotion. Anti-spam comment plugins like Akismet and WordPress Zero spam are doing a decent job, but it is not enough. That’s when I thought of disabling comments on a few specific WordPress blog posts.

In this tutorial, you will learn exactly how to do it and you can use it now or in the future as and when you need this.

Sounds good?

Here we go.

Removing comment box on specific WordPress posts or pages

You can deactivate comments on already published posts or even on the posts which you are about to publish. Just follow the steps below.

  • Login to your WordPress dashboard
  • Go to Edit section of posts or pages on which you want to deactivate comments
  • Search for discussion tab (usually it’s next to the post writing section but you can use the search feature of your browser to find the text “Discussion“)
  • Uncheck the box that says allow comments. It should look like the screenshot below:

disable-WordPress-comments

Click on Update post and that’s about it. The comment box will be gone from the post/page.

Disabling comments on all of your WordPress website

If you wish to disable comments on your WordPress site temporarily or permanently, you can do that as well. This next tip will remove the comment feature from all of your WordPress blogs.

  • Go to Settings > Discussions in the WordPress dashboard
  • Under Default article settings, uncheck the option “Allow people to post comments on new articles

Remove-WordPress-comments

While you are on this page, there is one more setting that you should know about. You also have an option to disable comments on posts/pages which are older than “X” days.

On the same page, “Settings > Discussions“, you will see the option that says “Automatically close comments on articles older than“.

Simply define the number of days and this feature will enable you to close comment on all WordPress posts and pages which are older than the specified time.

WordPress-commenting-settings

Now, do not forget to save these settings by scrolling down the page and click on Save changes.

Conclusion: Deactivating comments on WordPress posts/Pages

There are so many features in WordPress which are hidden that you must learn and check out. You may stumble across some features as and when you troubleshoot. At times, reading more about WordPress will help you understand the possibilities it possesses.

For now, I hope this tutorial helped you understand the process of removing the comment box from specific WordPress posts/pages and also on an entire WordPress site. If you have any question related to this topic, feel free to ask in the comment section below. Only meaningful comments, please!

Also, here are a few hand-picked WordPress guides that you should read next to learn something new:

This Is How You Can Disable Comments On WordPress Posts is a post from ShoutMeLoud – Shouters Who Inspires