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Client site got cloned

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by codeman1234, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. codeman1234

    codeman1234 Power Member

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    Hello,

    I have a client that I am doing SEO for him and while doing it I notice that somebody clone his site completely, I mean his site was copied 100% so, what I can do to tell this person to remove the clone site since site is copyrighted and also how I can tell google so it does not affect us with duplicate content.

    Also how the hell they do this is there a software or they hacked in on server?


    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. ChanzGrande

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    In this situation Google will credit whichever author/site was discovered by their crawlers first as having the original content, and penalties will apply to the second site. Without seeing the sites in question there is no way to declare specifically how the site was copied, but there are many approaches to this and it is very easy to do.

    There should be no need to communicate any information to Google unless you find they credit the competitor as being the original author of the site. In this case you may receive communication in webmaster tools indicating your content is not original. At that time you may be able to resolve that your site is the original creator of the content.
     
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  3. codeman1234

    codeman1234 Power Member

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    Hello davers,

    Thanks for the info, but, just for me to be clear, what is the real reason that someone would clone your website? to do phishing? to mess with your website reputation? or what?

    Also, I told my client to change all passwords on server just in case this was not made by software any other meassure?

    Thanks!
     
  4. oplaopla

    oplaopla Regular Member

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    If your site is all frontend stuff (HTML/CSS) then anyone who browses your site is pulling all the files from your server to your browser in order to view the site. All someone has to do to clone your site is save those files and upload them to their server. If your server runs some backend stuff using databases/scripts then there is no way they can get those unless they hacked into your server or if you didn't set the right permissions for them.

    Check out HTTrack it's a really simple software to clone all the frontend stuff on a website in 2 minutes. It's hard to tell why they would have cloned your site without knowing what the site is. If you want me to take a look and give you more info just PM me.
     
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  5. UptonGoodwin

    UptonGoodwin Power Member

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    Find a DMCA form and send it to the offending sites hosting provider and send one to Google and get the cloned site removed.
     
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  6. crazy4cs

    crazy4cs Junior Member

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    Simply send a DMCA using Google's DMCA removal request. They will recognize it and will remove his search results from Google.
     
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    IMO you should first talk with your client and intimate him that his is copied by some folks then you people just talk with copyright company about this scenario.You will find the better solution.
     
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    Do this and they will remove it.

    I have done this before.
     
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  9. lion1978

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    besides filling out the forms for google link removal, you should also find out who they are hosting the site with and then have your clients lawyer draw up the legal papers and contact the hosting company, the lawyers will know what to say and since most hosting companies do not allow copyright infringment they'll kick those who did it, NOTE there are some hosting companies out there that dont give a flying f**k about these things, but that is for the lawyers to take action then.

    After that you should be on the look out for the cloned site constantly, couse it's after all pretty easy to move it to another hosting
     
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  10. ChanzGrande

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    DMCA is a very solid way to pursue having the offenders content completely removed from Google if it is indexed. As to why someone might want to copy someone else's site - there are a million reasons, but the most likely one is to profit somehow. Personally I think it is unlikely your client has been compromised. More likely someone simply copied whatever could be copied from the site.

    As others have said, if it's just html ... it's simply code, css, and some written content - very easy to RIP or otherwise steal. In many cases of wordpress installations it can be very easy to rip all relevant content and simply re-create a site very rapidly as well. Of course more advanced hackers and/or coders can do even more advanced site ripping. Your safety precautions of changing passwords are very solid protocols in this scenario regardless of if your client was actually hacked, or simply copied.
     
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  11. accelerator_dd

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    Read up on reverse proxies. It might just be mirroring it. If it is, have your client block the IPs doing the requests and also report him as said above. They'll just find a new target since they'll see you're blocking and reporting them.
     
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  12. codeman1234

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    Hello oplopla,

    I been checking and is a bit weird all the website has been copied by all static pages once website needs to get dynamic contact like filtered listing then it contacts to my clients website. Also I notice that this cloned website is not on WP since it has /index.html in all pages which WP dont show this.

    Yes I would appreciate if you can take a look I will PM you with URL, also I would like to know what is the point of this, they want to send bad traffic to my client sites or what is the objective?


    I send a Google's DMCA removal request as crazy4cs adviced me.

    Done this, how long it takes to see a response?

    Thanks for the advice, but this was done by a third party.

    Thanks Done it too. How long it takes?

    I am doing this, the hosting company seems to be taking down the site soon, they are analyzing issue but, should go on our favour for sure since, they even put my clients site email on contact form.

    Yes I agree but the problem is that even Google Analytics code has been copied so when I go to my clients analytics they went from having 3k visits per day to have 51k visits so is very weird if they this guy is using this site for affiliates or they are send shit traffic to my clients site to google to desindex them.

    How I can read up on reverse proxies? You mean reverse lookup? I had block on firewall also the cloned website IP just in case. About mirroring it seems this happens because when it goes to dynamic pages it shows results from my clients site. Any idea what is the purporse of this?












    You have any idea what is the purpose of this? What objective they achieve?
     
  13. oplaopla

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    I have replied to your PM I will also describe what OP is experiencing here: his website was copied using HTTrack so he wasn't hacked or anything. That is why it's not wordpress, he just copied the HTML file and all the resources to go with it and chucked them up on his own hosting.
     
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  14. codeman1234

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    Thanks for the help bro! The objective of this is still what I cannot figure out.