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Site scraped my content

12:31 am on Dec 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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A site has scraped content from my sites and is displaying AdSense ads on that content.

The site stole thousands of pages from me. On one such page the main topic when typed into Google only returns one result and that's their site.. but the page is originally from my site.

On their site the ads are targetted better than my own site and I'm worried that Google thinks their site is the original and not mine. Ever since around May my earnings were cut by over half as my click earnings went down but traffic remeained the same. I'm worried that the reason is this theif's site was started around then.

I reported the site to Google just a few days ago and ever since then my site has had single ads for something and no relevant ads are being displayed. Does Adsense lock up the ads while they investigate?

The other site is still displaying ad's and ads that are even more releveant than mine.

Anyone have suggestions for me? I am really upset, I have never had someone so blatantly rip me off before. Thanks for any info or suggestions.

[edited by: jatar_k at 4:42 am (utc) on Dec. 6, 2006]
[edit reason] no specifics thanks [/edit]


12:57 pm on Dec 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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You may just have to wait for Google to investigate. Google has ways of determining which site came first. Assuming the content on your site is truly original, of course, and not for a datafeed or something.
4:20 pm on Dec 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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If you can prove the content is yours (google site archiving sites for ways to prove your content was there first), many times you can contact the hosting provider of the site, and/or the registrar of the domain and file a complaint. Many times, the hosting service has a line in their TOS forbidding this, and if they can confirm it, will make their customer change their content, or just remove the site.

I have done this with success before.


4:59 pm on Dec 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Yes, that's filing a DMCA complaint. As Jafo says, can be very effective, and quick too.

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