Our company recently built a brand new website to replace the old one. They were both content driven, but the old website was very old (built in 1999) and had to be upgraded.
To our new website we added
canonical links to show that our content is original. We didn't have those on the old website.
But we now are faced with a problem: for many years, our content was posted first in a major local online newspaper, and only then posted on our (old) website. It turns out that this newspaper added
canonical links to themselves, supposedly making the content their own.
So now, with our new website up and running, we have around 1,000 articles published on both websites, ours and the newspaper, both of them claiming the content is theirs.
My questions are:
- Does this affect our Google rating?
- Assuming that we can't ask the newspaper to remove or fix their
canonicallinks, what is our best course of action?