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    Hi there,

    as I mentioned in my "Hello"-Thread I have a freespin- and bonus-blog.

    Someone in the world wide web copied my webdesign (ok, its a free wordpress-template) and content.
    This one copied reviews for casinos, articles and images from my website 1 to 1. After I noticed that I wrote to the webmaster and told him that he has to delete this.
    He did this after a few minutes...

    Now he do not copy my articles 1 to 1 but I know that he almost always post this, what I post.

    I'm really sure, that I cannot do against this - he do not do "illegal" things.. But it is damn annoying when someone copies your partial hard researched articles, infos etc..


    btw: As Lothar Matthäus would say:
    My english is not so good, my german is much better...

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    Now he do not copy my articles 1 to 1 but I know that he almost always post this, what I post....I cannot do against this - he do not do "illegal" things..
    That is marginally acceptable. But "rewritten content" is the way how the internet works and gambling business is no exception. I think everybody who hired a freelancer or content writer in the past, has rewritten content at his page

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergej_AGR View Post
    That is marginally acceptable. But "rewritten content" is the way how the internet works and gambling business is no exception. I think everybody who hired a freelancer or content writer in the past, has rewritten content at his page

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    Rewritten content also equals bullshit in my book. If I have 100% unique content on my website that reflects MY point of view and MY opinion - how does one ethically and truthfully rewrite that?

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    I know I have to accept...
    When he was copying 1to1 I informed Google of course but with no effect. They only told me what I'd already done - speak to the webmaster.

    But it is still annoying, that he so clearly copies my articels. Even If I make a mistake in my article (wrong number of freespins i.e.) he copies this!!

    Well.. Think I've to live with this..

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    Try filing a takedown request.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freakspin View Post
    I know I have to accept...
    When he was copying 1to1 I informed Google of course but with no effect. They only told me what I'd already done - speak to the webmaster.

    But it is still annoying, that he so clearly copies my articels. Even If I make a mistake in my article (wrong number of freespins i.e.) he copies this!!

    Well.. Think I've to live with this..
    follow the advice in the link I provided, the content will be removed or the site taken down

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    If nothing helps you can try threaten him that you will penetrate all websites with his affiliate ID included, with the russian king xrumer if he does not stop this bad behaviour

    If I have 100% unique content on my website that reflects MY point of view and MY opinion - how does one ethically and truthfully rewrite that?
    That is right and this is my point of view too. But I think there are many website owners who do not care about any ethical standards. So they easily use your opinion as their own opinion if that helps to generate cheap content.

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    Best thing is to contact his host company. They will give him 48hrs to get rid of the copied content and then suspend his site. I have done this several times. Tell them your email to them is a DMCA notice. Telephone them too. Works every time if they are with a commercial hosting company.

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    This is the simple email I always send (having first spoken to them by phone to ensure it is going to the right place):

    "You are hosting the following website pages:

    http://www.YourCopiedContent.com
    http://www.YourCopiedContent2.com

    All these pages have copied and stolen the text on our pages:
    http://www.YourURLWhereHeStoleTheContent.com/

    This is a DMCA Notice and you need to comply with it and remove the stolen content that you are hosting. Please could you suspend the offending website immediately."

    Trust me it works because you could claim that the hosting company is liable.

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    If the person copying your content also promotes many of the same operators, then it could be worth contacting your affiliate managers to see if they can help. For instance, our terms and conditions state:

    If an affiliate can prove that another affiliate has copied their website, then the infringing affiliate's participation in the Affiliate Programme will be suspended pending a full investigation and terminated if the infringement is proven to have occurred.

    Maybe the threat of a loss in earnings could push them into doing something about it

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    Hey guys,

    thanks for all your replies, infos and links...

    I will look through all of this and then I decide what I will do against this.


    I saw that he "copies" from other sites too. So I'm not the only "victim".

    And he posts inactive or restricted promotions too.. Really weird guy..

    But I guess It could be hard to prove someone that he copies because meanwhile it seems that he writes the articles self (not copy and paste anymore).

    Well.. I will see what I can do..

    Thanks again!! Really!

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    Hey again. Now I did some of your suggestions..

    Let's see if it will bring something..

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    Some people may think it means that your content is so good that others cannot help copying it

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    Quote Originally Posted by BountyPkr View Post
    Some people may think it means that your content is so good that others cannot help copying it
    Like your car is so good I'll steal it.

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    You can ask affiliate managers of programs they work with to ask them to stop and some will possibly close their affiliate accounts.

    You can contact their host to report copied content.

    Re-writing content isn't exactly the way of the future for content marketing. Whoever gets there first has an advantage for content age and domain history/authority. Maybe new sites can still rank quickly but probably there will be a time when google might not recognize sites that are not original with content spinning perhaps.

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    Instead of starting another thread, I figured I'd bump this one and add to it that Google has now asked for people who notice their content on someone else's site to report it via the Google scraper report.

    You can read about it here.

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    Thanks for that shay, a good share.

    I am sure that the tool will be open to "some" abuse, but I am also sure that it will do some good as well. I do hope that the good outweighs the bad.

    I am also hoping all those seo-wannabe sites that republish our content (and call it an seo report) are now seen in the light they should be, as content scrapers.

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