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The only two KW's that I am currently indexed for are, when "wood blue widgets" is searched and when "certificate green widgets" is searched. I can't figure out why I'm #1 for "certificate green widgets”, but when "green widgets" is searched I am now nowhere to be found.
Could this mirror site, which I have nothing to do with, be hurting my ranking? Does anyone have a copy of a cease and desist letter I can use.
[edited by: pageoneresults at 4:38 am (utc) on Feb. 6, 2004]
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Your PR is based on sites that link to you. Somebody using your same content/keywords may show up higher in SERPS but won't be the cause of your PR dropping. It dropped because incoming links have deteriorated in value or quantity.
It is a tricky problem but if Google keep records of the date/time when a page is first spidered, then a solution to this problem is possible.
It seems likely that Google keep such data, but if they do not, then the problem won't be fixed in the near future.
Of course, some people would say that it isn't Google's problem - they are simply providing information to searchers. However, by not addressing the problem, they are signalling that black-hat dirty tricks are ok.
You have automatic copyright over your content - email them and threaten them with legal action. Download / make a copy of the page, and if it is a clear cut case of copyright theft you have a strong case. It's just the dupe element I don't understand.
The purpose is to always show up high in a search for that business name, to confuse the customer and then to purport to offer a massive discount. The objective is to bait and switch anybody who inquires. It also devalues what are emerging quality brands.
In Western countries you have good legal systems to protect against this at the source; others of us are not as fortunate. Having found local legal enforcement completely useless, I'm looking for some way to get this under US jurisdiction. For that to be effective the SEs would have to be involved as the guy here would just ignore a US judgement in the same way he does a local one.