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Entire domain copied - they stole hundreds of rankings overnight, how?!

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by abovethecrowds, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. abovethecrowds

    abovethecrowds Newbie

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    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.
     
  2. problogger99

    problogger99 Junior Member

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    You can easily vanish them from search engine. just see here: https://support.google.com/legal/answer/3110420?hl=en

    Fill up the form. Also if possible share information from archieve or any other site and show them you are the original writer and your articles were cached before. In such way you can remove all their copied content from Google.
     
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  3. drogon

    drogon Elite Member Premium Member

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    Is your content copied in an iframe? If so just install a frame breaker should solve the problem. I had this happen to me once with my entire content copied to another site in an iframe and for whatever reason my site got vanished and this site took my rankings (as the original source). I installed the frame breaker and got my rankings back.
     
  4. abovethecrowds

    abovethecrowds Newbie

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    So after spending the entire night investigating. I have found 28 websites he has done the same to, some serious large websites that I know make 6 figures a year.


    For my specific domain I contacted the hosting company, the domain registrar and google webspam report with a bunch of supporting evidence of plagiarism, cloaking, and redirects from google to illegal steroid stores. Here's to hoping I get the website taken down asap - i suppose I would do a massive campaign once the site is removed to get all the old pages re-spidered and removed and lifting the ranking problems.


    I am now wondering how to possibly proceed legally. I can support income loss of up to $200 a day and that this started exactly 50 days ago - a nice even number of $10,000 in damages so far.


    Also the 28 other webmasters and owners of even bigger sites he has done this too damages must be large.


    I suppose I may just try and track him down and hand him an invoice for $200/day until my website is recovered - I'm not sure I want to fill him in about possible legal proceedings and let him prepare if he doesn't agree though, a threat may help my personal recovery quickly but allow him to cover himself a bit.
     
  5. MariosElGreco

    MariosElGreco Regular Member

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    if you are using any plugin like (joomla plugins,wp plugins) etc .. yeah its complete possible . and as drogon said iframe can do that also .
     
  6. nes22

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    The rankings were not stolen. They were legitimately taken.

    1. Probably will do nothing. I know websites that have completely different content and they've been up for years.

    2. It's spelled "archive" not "archieve".

    3. There's nothing wrong with copying articles from other websites and there's no way to prove that you didn't copy from someone else.

    4. What you can do legally? Nothing. What is your legal argument on why you should get compensated?