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Find Competitors IP Address

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by madhatter$, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. madhatter$

    madhatter$ Newbie

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    I have a competitor that is constantly checking my website and stealing from it.

    Unfortunately it is a high traffic site and I don't which IP address surfing my website is my competitor.

    Do you have any ideas how I can find out the address so I can block it or send it somewhere else?
     
  2. orpheus

    orpheus Newbie

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    If they're serious about stealing your content they'll just get new IP and keep stealing it. Instead document all the stolen content and send a DMCA takedown to their host.
    This will make them stop AND get rid of what they have already stolen.
     
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  3. cyberzilla

    cyberzilla Elite Member Premium Member

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    How you come to a conclusion that you content is being stolen? Do you see your content anywhere else online? If yes, then they are your competitor..Take action against them

    ~Cyber~
     
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  4. Nomak12

    Nomak12 Registered Member

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    It's not possible to prevent your competitors from accessing your website.
     
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  5. madhatter$

    madhatter$ Newbie

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    My website is actually a business listing service. My competitor goes through my pages and physically calls my clients to steal them.

    They are not actually stealing content so I don't have a legal action I could take against them. But I would like to make it more difficult for them to check my website from their office. I know I can't totally block them, but if I just made it so that surfing my website wasn't the easiest way for them to get new clients it would be great.

    Anyone have any ideas?



     
  6. darklegion

    darklegion Regular Member

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    How do you know someone is calling up the businesses listed on your website?

    With that said, check your logs... Surely if a competitor is stealing your clients, they must spend a lot of time on your site. Find the IP that has the most time spent on your site and block that as a start.
     
  7. VillageIdiot

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    A few questions for you...

    1. How familiar are you with the logs on your server?
    2. Do you know how to block IPs on your server?
    3. Do you know where this competitor is physically located?
    4. Are you willing to take a chance or being wrong?
    The reason I ask these questions is that there is a way and from the questions you can probably see where I'm going...

    If you go through the logs and find that one IP Address is hitting tons of pages, you can blacklist that IP from hitting you at all. But before you do that, you should check to see that the offending IP is in the same geographic area as the competitor that you want to block. You will have to check the IP against a site like (ip2location)-(c0m) to be certain that it is in the right place.

    Once you have a site that is banging against your server, is located in the right geographical area, you'll have to go and blacklist it on your server. Once you do that, you might have won. Or you might have to do it on an ongoing basis if they have a dynamic IP instead of static. All they'd have to do is reboot their modem to receive a new IP.

    Another option you might have is to create an entry in your .htaccess that looks kinda link this:
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    SetEnvIf REMOTE_ADDR 192.12.131.1 REDIR="redir"
          RewriteCond %{REDIR} redir
          RewriteRule ^/$ /about_my_site.html
    You'd have to create a page that either told them that they were blocked or simply redirect it to a page that doesn't exist. That would show them a 404 and they might think you went out of business.

    Those are your options as I see them. I hope this helps. :D
     
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  8. madhatter$

    madhatter$ Newbie

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    Thank you so much for your response!

    1. I am familiar with the logs.

    2. I can block IP's.

    3. I know where they are physically located.

    4. I am willing to take a chance.

    That being said. THIS IS A VERY POPULAR SITE, and the competitor is not one of the top 50 IP's accessing my site.

    What I may need to do is send the competitor an email and trick them into clicking a link to a page no one else has seen to catch their IP.

    I just need to figure out how to monitor the IP's on my website by specific pages for that to work.

    Anyone ever tried something like that?

     
  9. VillageIdiot

    VillageIdiot Newbie

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    Never tried it but I have to say that I love the creativity of it. Create a special landing page, have absolutely 0 links to it and invite them to something special. How about giving them the Douchbag Of The Year award? :D

    Good luck with that!