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The only way I have noticed this is by doing a search for http://www.exmple.com, it's now showing just one page and that's from this site that has hijacked all my content.
I have no idea what to do! I have put in a spam report to Google, I have even e-mail the site that has my content, but I am afraid that it's too late for my site as I have been kicked out of the Google index and this scumbag has been allowed in!
Does anyone have any suggestions in what to do?
[edited by: tedster at 4:50 pm (utc) on Oct. 10, 2006]
[edit reason] use example.com [/edit]
I am not suggesting re-writting your content... Things like altering title, meta description and the first and last paragraphs.
If there is a lot of content, try editing the content of your most important "entry" pages and send an email to the Google Support team, who sometimes reply promptly and quickly.
Hope this helps...
I am betting you find the range will belong to hijacker range and I think they may think your site was just RIPE for doing this too.
[edited by: tedster at 4:53 am (utc) on Oct. 11, 2006]
I do not think all is lost. You have identified the problem. Perhaps you can track the ip's of the hijackers and you have taken steps to recover your site. Google I am sure will restore you as quickly as possible.
You might also consider contacting the domain registrar - it can't do any harm.
Also, if Adsense is involved, you should contact them immediately. I imagine they will close the account permanently.
[edited by: kaled at 10:26 am (utc) on Oct. 11, 2006]
I've had a site that downloaded 100% of my content and site structure outranking me for awhile - on Google only. The other SEs rank me just fine - G has me in 99% supplemental, while the theif isn't, and his pages actually come up in searches.
I contacted the affiliate program that I (and the thief) use - the man in charge switched the affiliate code so that the efforts of the theif are paying into my account now.
I also sent a threatening letter to the theif, and they have taken the content down (for now).
Now to see how long G takes to figure this out.
I'll bet I have 5 or 6 IPs that are blocked in this manner, because they will eventually find a hole as much as they dig around.
I've had a few people contact me saying they can't see the site from home, but can at work, etc., and I tell them why. My target customer isn't in that part of the world anyway, and while I hate to shut anyone out, it is sometimes necessary. At least they're able to see the site from an alternate location, though.
[edited by: AndyA at 4:01 pm (utc) on Oct. 11, 2006]
I've written one such free hosting provider with a complaint, and will be pursuing further by notifying the provider of the adverts (who are SUBSIDISING the theft) as well as Google for copyright violation.
Meantime, I'll be inserting a JS frame busting script - in due time after I have reported the offending party that STOLE the page and its content, as well as whatever else I'll now be able to track down, to the Google Spam Team.
Theft is not a light matter, and the fact that it's being done digitally and remotely does not make it any less damaging or wrong than if a thief breaks into our homes and steals our tangible goods. A web page is no less personal property than the blanket you put on your bed. Both belong to you (or me) and no one has a right to take them from you (or me), for any reason whatsoever.
[edited by: Marcia at 8:36 am (utc) on Oct. 12, 2006]