Not necessarily an SEO question, but Im hoping someone here can help me out: I am facing a lot of plagiarism and I want to prove that my publish date is older than the copycats. Is there a way to find out the publish date of a page if its not in the source code?
Elise Bell: check the URLs in wayback machine. It kinda saves all pages in the internet.Heres a link: Archive.org
Internet Archive: Wayback Machine
Jason Sanders: Forgot to mention that I tried that for some and it didnt return any results. Thanks anyway 🙂
Amari Maldonado: And published dates can be frigged, I do it all the time when I want to hide stuff
Jason Sanders: So it seems, as someone copied large parts of my blog and when I try to find the publish date, its the exact same as mine. And I know I wrote that damn piece.
Amari Maldonado: Are you sure itâ€™s copied and actually not them using it and linking to you – right click and see if thereâ€™s a canonical link to you
Jason Sanders: No, because they didnt use all my copy, but definitely large parts of it. And I would be aware of a canonical link because it would mean a backlink and Ahrefs is doing an awesome job at tracking them for me 🙂
Tanner Snyder: First question is why do you want to do this? I want to prove that my publish date is older than the copycats? As the likes of Google will know which was first…
Jason Sanders: Because they will receive a copyright claim and I am getting all the proof together to prove I am the copyright owner.
Tanner Snyder: Jason Sanders: Okay… that explains that…
Tanner Snyder: If you enter their url into Google – does that give you the actual date it was published? Or maybe in their sitemap?
Jason Sanders: I wish I did. I tried this as well: Labnol.org But it returned the exact same date as my blog…
Find the Date When a Web Page was First Published on the Internet
Tanner Snyder: They may, of course, have actually published it on the same date as you…
Jason Sanders: Could be, though I wonder if they could have. The red parts have been copied from my blog. Thats all exact matches. Not sure if you could re-write an article like that so quick after discovering the article….See more
Frances Poole: Are they subscribed to your blog? If so, they could easily have turned around your copy almost immediately after you published it.
Jason Sanders: Not sure Ryan, it would have to be rss then as I didnâ€™t have a mailing list yet when I published this article.
Jason Sanders: This seems to work quite well: Is dit nuttig misschien: Twitter.com
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