From a black hat and spam perspective this is about as intriguing as it gets... Noticing a small affiliate website that had been generating $2000/mo stable for over a year on auto-pilot dried up I noticed the following - a .trade domain was linking into the site 80+ times in google search console. Visiting this site i was redirected to an illegal steroid site. Digging deeper I noticed that he had actually copied my entire domain, and was ranking for hundreds of keywords with my website and content (removing the canonical tag lmao) This .trade domain was registered December 1st, the links were reported in webmaster tools (copied internal linking and menu structure) December 8th, December 20th my indexed pages drops overnight from 30 to 8, and January 1st my search engine traffic of 200-300 visits a day vanishes. Manually checking any keyword he is there ranking top 5 with my title and content, clicking on this page in google you are redirected to an illegal steroid buying website. Observations: I rewrote a category page that was the big income earner completely, this ranked #3 again after the rewrite, the spam domain #4 with my old title and content and site (google index only, suggesting cloaking) again clicking on this result you are redirected to an illegal steroid site. So old pages can be recovered by completely rewriting the content and both of us ranking (suggesting ranking loss because the spam domain is considered the original source) New posts and categories are getting indexed in an hour - but absolutely won't rank - these are keywords (brand new zero competition product names) that should be ranking #1 near instantaneously. 20 social bookmarks and duplicate 2 sentence posts are ranking all over the top 10 for example inside 2 days, yet the hand written, not over optimized articles that these all link into will not rank whatsoever. How do you suppose this was accomplished? I can't wrap my head around how it is possible to register a brand new .trade domain, copy an entire domain, remove the canonical tag, and steal rankings worth $50-200 a day on autopilot inside of a couple weeks.... What would you do as the victim? - disavowed the links (although that just further seperates me as the original content source im sure) - emailed him - running security tools and checks to see possible site vulnerabilities as I don't get how this is possible without him somehow hacking me and telling google the new site is where to rank.