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Dealing with scrapers - is a Google report effective?
Nick0r




msg:722269
 9:48 am on Mar 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

A few sites have directly copied my page to their site - including saving all the images from a specific page of mine, uploading it to their server - and changing the affiliate URLs.

What's the best way to deal with?

I think due to the nature of the site and the large amount of spam these guys produce, a simple email won't cut it.

Would reporting them to google be effective?

 

tedster




msg:722270
 11:22 pm on Mar 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm sure Google would like the information to add to their pile of data, but if you mean will the scraper quickly vanish from the SERPs, the answer is probably not.

kaled




msg:722271
 11:48 pm on Mar 12, 2006 (gmt 0)

If you make a report to Google...

MAKE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN THAT IT IS CLEAR, CONCISE AND NOT AMBIGUOUS.

People who read emails all day get things wrong all too often - you would not want your site to be added to a blacklist.

Some years ago, my solicitor wrote a letter instructing a bank NOT to cancel an insurance policy (she thought they might given the circumstances). They replied stating that the policy had been cancelled as requested. In other words, they read the letter and took it to mean the exact opposite of what was actually written.

Kaled.

bobmark




msg:722272
 1:55 am on Mar 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

I report all content thieves I find. Some of them DO disappear (tho no doubt the owner just moves to a new url).

No idea if they disappear because of my report but these sites work on volume, stealing content from countless sites, so got to think if 100 webmasters report the same site, Google notices.

AAnnAArchy




msg:722273
 2:31 am on Mar 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

I had a scraper page removed by Google once. It was a pain filing the out DMCA (filling it out & faxing) and unless the site is your one and only baby, with information unique only to you, I wouldn't bother. They're like cockroaches and you can't keep up with them once they've found you. I reported the scraper because it was my blog and it irritates me to have my personal information on someone else's site. I have reported any of the other zillions of scrapers who have stolen my affiliate sites. There isn't enough time in the day.

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