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They have a similar url, they used all of my internal linking structure, meta tags, page titles etc... and now they have started to show up under keywords which my website used to dominate before 'Dominic'
Can I raise this issue with Google? How do you do it? Will Google seriously listen to me?
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A chinese site translated my whole site into chinese without my permission. Thankfully i can read chinese.
But they *do* credit me and I'm getting a few referrers (less then 20 per mth though) from them.
Any recommendations on what I should do?
It is a Big site, judging from their forums they have a lot of visitors. They translate various sites on the same subject matter has my site. Some of which are big sites themselves.
I'm tempted to after them to remove my content, since that would mean the thousands of chinese websurfers would go to mine. But then again, without a chiense transaltion how many would borther?
Even with the translation in Chinese on your own site, do you think many people would go to your site to find it? With many sites as active as this one seems to be, perhaps many of the people clicking through to your site found the link internally, rather than finding that translated page through an outsde search engine.
You have to decide if that small trickle of traffic is worth it to you, or if you would rather see that translation gone from their site, along with those referrals.
You could also propose to the site that you would rather keep all work on your own domain name, and host the traslated version on yourself, which they can link to.
But in any case, it is a copyright infringement for them to use your work without your permission, even though they do credit you, so you could send them a cease and desist letter and ask them to remove it.
Yes, you expressed my dilema perfectly. I'm guessing most of the chinese visitors to the site that translated mine use special restricted search engines that search only chinese sites.
Looking at my logs I don't see a flood of chinese visitors (though I got mail from 2 guys from china lately) and yet the offending site is clearly VERY VERY active (the forum appears to be a shade less active them webmaster world!) so I know there is a lot of interest in "Widgets" they just dont don't hit the normal non-chinese sites.
I think I'm going to just drop a mail, telling them I'm aware of their transaltion and try to cultivate relations with them.
Clearly they can be a gold mine for hits if cultivated carefully. (.e.g A notice of a new article, might draw some hits before it is translated)
Your solution of asking them to allow me to host their chinese version on my domain and add a link might be perfect , but I doubt they will agree, since the main purpose of their site is to act as a "garden of chinese translation". (To circumvent the great interent wall of china? faster surfing? who knows)...
Clearly they can be a gold mine for hits if cultivated carefully.
I agree here. Especially with a forum as active as that, you may well be able to reap some of the benefits from the site providing a translation, since you are credited and a link is provided to your site.
Another thing to think about is whether or not your actual site is friendly to those visitors once they hit it. Perhaps providing a translated landing page for these specific visitors is something to consider. I am not sure if your site is ecommerce or not, but it would improve your conversion rate if you did have some of your information translated. Perhaps the visitors come to a screeching halt once they encounter English, while if you did have a translated version, they might stick around for a while.