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    Default Content being stolen from my site!!

    My site, www.slottips.com, is being scraped and published on a site that is also using my site's name in it's domain name!!


    Refresh my memory. How do I report this to google and what all else can I do. I have emailed the site owner of record, but when I realized that the entire site is based on my content, I figured that the webmaster knows what they're doing and don't deserve much of a warning before I act.

    The site that is stealing my content is: onlineslottips.com

    The whois info is:

    Registrant:
    topseotech
    jamy ()
    1301 W. Glenoaks Blvd.
    Glendale
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    Tel. +001.22021454590

    Creation Date: 10-Sep-2010
    Expiration Date: 10-Sep-2011

    Domain servers in listed order:
    marshal1.intellwiz.com
    marshal2.intellwiz.com

    Administrative Contact:
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    1301 W. Glenoaks Blvd.
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    Tel. +001.22021454590

    - same contact info for all categories
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    That really blows and the domain isn't very old either....

    Really sorry to hear this, keep this thread updated if any more info is discovered on this theif.

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    Going to their main site I also see that they advertise and sell content writing services so they probably hire theives to do it....

    We may find later that the blame will be put on someone they hired that they thought was doing the right thing bla bla bla....

    I took a close look at the page that sells content writing and it is full of keywords, but there is not a logical path through that content to get to over half the keywords on that page....

    Ahhhh I see, they are selling links or linking to some of their clients on that page, my guess is that is where they put some of the links for you if you buy some....


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    Sorry to hear that Fergie. I hope you roast the thieves!

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    I wish I had more time to help you research and fight this one.

    There is another thread here that has some great plans of attack, I thought it was stickied but it is not.

    I do remember that CCJ had a lengthy explanation of how it can be handled. (if we could find that thread we should sticky it.

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    How infuriating, there is some info here http://labnol.blogspot.com/2006/07/d...rism-when.html

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    Here's two links on reporting scraped content (spam), and another for trying to get the copied content removed.

    https://www.google.com/webmasters/to...rt?hl=en&pli=1
    http://www.google.com/support/bin/st....cs&ts=1114905

    It's frustrating I know. Best of luck to you.

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    Yeah, exactly. Let Google take a look at your own site manually and BOING they click a button and your website is gone haha
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    Forget google, use that as a last resort. When this happens to us, we usually send a nice email to their web host pointing out the site and referencing the host's terms and conditions (which almost always forbid this sort of thing) and 9 times out of 10 the host will nuke the account within a day.

    It looks like they are hosted by Directi Internet Solutions, which probably means BigRock.com. Check out the T&Cs there, and send them an email and they should take the site down.

    hxxp://resources.bigrock.com/report-abuse/

    And an address for Directi is on this page:
    http://spamtrackers.eu/wiki/index.php/Reporting_Spam

    And the other effective strategy is to contact affiliate managers for any of the sites they may be promoting and have their affiliate accounts cancelled.
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    Fergie

    I lodged a DMCA infringement with Google late last week and was pleasantly surprised to get a reply from the Google Team this morning saying the offending pages are now removed from their index.

    The link (as provided above by Adrian) to submit your report: http://www.google.com/support/bin/st....cs&ts=1114905

    It's a quick and easy submission.

    Now that I know that someone at Google actually looks at this stuff and reasonably quickly i'll be doing it far more often!

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortow View Post
    Fergie

    I lodged a DMCA infringement with Google late last week and was pleasantly surprised to get a reply from the Google Team this morning saying the offending pages are now removed from their index.

    The link (as provided above by Adrian) to submit your report: http://www.google.com/support/bin/st....cs&ts=1114905

    It's a quick and easy submission.

    Now that I know that someone at Google actually looks at this stuff and reasonably quickly i'll be doing it far more often!

    Good luck
    Wow, thats good to know that they act on that stuff fast.

    Some other things you can try is to call the person (if any of the whois is incorrect you can report that).

    Also, contact AMs if they are using affiliate links and see if they can help with contacting the owner of the site.

    You can even try contacting their hosting provider as they will sometimes intervene also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graham View Post
    Also, contact AMs if they are using affiliate links and see if they can help with contacting the owner of the site.

    You can even try contacting their hosting provider as they will sometimes intervene also.
    Contacting AM works well. Luckily we've only had one case of an affiliate taking content.

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    Hi,
    I had been in a smiliar situation recently, but I was in the opposite side. I had hired some guys to write contents for my site. I always read the contents before publishing but I never check those contents in google or stg till someone from here send me an e-mail about content theft. Then I realize the issue, fire those frauds, and sent my appoligies to the real owner of the contents. In my situation, I am not aware of the stolen contents, but the other guy published my site in gpwa and introduce me as a thief like you did. I didnot stole anyone's writings or anything else in my entire life although I was introduced as a thief.

    Maybe you are right to introduce him/her as acting plagiarism. What if you are wrong? In my opinion, you needed to wait for a while for a response, then you may put their name on GPWA. I think you act in the wrong way.

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    I know I am not really adding any advice but it is so lame when you hear that people steal content.

    These sites want to try and make money for the least bit of effort that is even possible.

    Good news on G removing posts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamydell View Post
    Hi,
    I had been in a smiliar situation recently, but I was in the opposite side. I had hired some guys to write contents for my site. I always read the contents before publishing but I never check those contents in google or stg till someone from here send me an e-mail about content theft. Then I realize the issue, fire those frauds, and sent my appoligies to the real owner of the contents. In my situation, I am not aware of the stolen contents, but the other guy published my site in gpwa and introduce me as a thief like you did. I didnot stole anyone's writings or anything else in my entire life although I was introduced as a thief.

    Maybe you are right to introduce him/her as acting plagiarism. What if you are wrong? In my opinion, you needed to wait for a while for a response, then you may put their name on GPWA. I think you act in the wrong way.
    It is YOUR responsibility to verify that the content is original before publishing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamydell View Post
    Hi,
    I had been in a smiliar situation recently, but I was in the opposite side. I had hired some guys to write contents for my site. I always read the contents before publishing but I never check those contents in google or stg till someone from here send me an e-mail about content theft. Then I realize the issue, fire those frauds, and sent my appoligies to the real owner of the contents. In my situation, I am not aware of the stolen contents, but the other guy published my site in gpwa and introduce me as a thief like you did. I didnot stole anyone's writings or anything else in my entire life although I was introduced as a thief.

    Maybe you are right to introduce him/her as acting plagiarism. What if you are wrong? In my opinion, you needed to wait for a while for a response, then you may put their name on GPWA. I think you act in the wrong way.
    I agree with graham that it's YOUR responsibility to verify that the content is not stolen or you run the risk of being called out here at the GPWA.

    This day and age it's hard to blindly trust anyone so it's best to cover your butt and verify everything if you rely on others to help with your site.

    Sorry to hear this happened to you fergie. I hope you get it resolved soon. I have had so many folks scrape my site and use my domain name to send spam to where I just save them and tackle them in batches. lol

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    I am aware of being responsible for any action about my site. I just want to say that although it is an unfortunate situation, warning the owner of the second website before publishing his name is much more kind. I try to say that may be the owner of the second site is not aware of that issue and he may solve the problem as soon as he learns it. I do not advocate the situation, I just think that maybe it is a little silly mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamydell View Post
    Hi,
    I had been in a smiliar situation recently, but I was in the opposite side. I had hired some guys to write contents for my site. I always read the contents before publishing but I never check those contents in google or stg till someone from here send me an e-mail about content theft. Then I realize the issue, fire those frauds, and sent my appoligies to the real owner of the contents. In my situation, I am not aware of the stolen contents, but the other guy published my site in gpwa and introduce me as a thief like you did. I didnot stole anyone's writings or anything else in my entire life although I was introduced as a thief.

    Maybe you are right to introduce him/her as acting plagiarism. What if you are wrong? In my opinion, you needed to wait for a while for a response, then you may put their name on GPWA. I think you act in the wrong way.
    I can see how that would happen. Especially since as a webmaster grows so does the outsourcing. At one point you have to trust your writers. Something like that happened to me before. I hired a guy to help build links and actually made an account here at GPWA with my link for all to see here at GPWA. After a while you get to know who to trust and who's a lose cannon. Due to my experiences, I would try to contact the offending party, because they may not even know. (but hopefully care!)

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    A really frustrating problem Fergie, I hope you get it sorted to your satisfaction! I agree with the opinions expressed above: it's your site, it's your responsibility to check that outsourced content is original.

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