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CodingJack says

Normally I just use FreshKiller, but there was one pesky situation where I decided to file a “takedown” notice with Google. They asked for the infringing link and then also asked for the link to the original work. Given the sensitive nature of this sort of thing, I’m always extremely careful when filling out these type of forms, but 3 weeks later, I get an email from Envato support, forwarding me a message they received from Google stating how the item here on CodeCanyon had been removed from their listings!

To be clear, this wasn’t a dispute between two parties that I lost. Instead, they simply got the links reversed in my claim. I know this because a report was posted to a website called “ChillingEffects”, and in the report, I’m the person listed as making the claim, yet the “infringing item” is listed as the CodeCanyon link, and the “original work” is actually the “infringing item”.

Dealing with this has been a real nightmare. You can’t get Google on the phone for anything unless it’s for AdWords, and the only people answering support questions over in Google Groups are volunteers who can’t actually help. The only course of action I found was to file a “Counter DMCA”, which obviously doesn’t make much sense since I’m person who filed the original claim.

So my advice, don’t ever file a takedown notice with Google, it’s way too risky! And if anyone has ever had their site erroneously removed from Google’s listings, please post your experience.

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rayoflightt says

I had similar situation once when I filed takedown notice against a referral website which contains regular referral links to Themeforest. But I didn’t pay attention and didn’t see those links. Next day I got email from site admin asking me why I reported his website. Then I release I’ve made an error so I filed Counter DMCA explaining it was my mistake. It helped and website was again in Google listing.

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CodingJack says

^ so there’s hope after all. How long did it take to get the listing restored?

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rayoflightt says

Maybe few days. Try with Counter DMCA, it should help.

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Pricop says

That’s bad and sad. I’m wondering how did they messed up the links… I hope you get your links back in the search results.

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dtbaker Volunteer moderator says

Tried changing the item name so the URL changes? Old links will still work (redirect) but it might be enough to get the new URL back into google if other methods are not working.

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CodingJack says

Tried changing the item name so the URL changes? Old links will still work (redirect) but it might be enough to get the new URL back into google if other methods are not working.

Sounds like a good solution. Only thing is, it could mean starting over from scratch in terms of SEO (with the possibility that previous backlinks will no longer be counted). So it might make sense to wait and see if the original url can get restored. But if nothing happens within the next month, I’m definitely going to pursue this so thanks for the advice! :)

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VF says

To be clear, this wasn’t a dispute between two parties that I lost. Instead, they simply got the links reversed in my claim. I know this because a report was posted to a website called “ChillingEffects”, and in the report, I’m the person listed as making the claim, yet the “infringing item” is listed as the CodeCanyon link, and the “original work” is actually the “infringing item”.

Ouch!

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Inspoir says

I’m telling you, Billy McMahon is behind all this. :D

billy

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GiorgioVoulioti says

I’m telling you, Billy McMahon is behind all this. :D

billy

For sure!! :D

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