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What would you do in this situation?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Craive, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Craive

    Craive Newbie

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    So I have a competitor, for my day job. They have falsely claimed on their website that one of their products is the same as ours (it definitely is not). They used our brand-name as well as the name we've given the product. An example of what I'm talking about would be to think of someone saying the VW Bug was the same as the Honda Accord, it may be comparable in certain aspects, but not the same.

    So I just noticed it today and they are ranking when someone does a search for our product (I hold the top 8 spots and they are no. 9). Anyway, I'm usually pretty mellow about competition and welcome it, but this has really gotten under my skin.

    Do you think there are legal ramifications for what they are doing?
    What would you do in this sort of situation?
     
  2. DocBrown

    DocBrown Regular Member

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    Issue DMCA ...assuming it's they who have done the stealing and not you.
     
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  3. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    It's an Algo, of course it can be gamed.
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    I doubt there are legal ramifications... just grab those other top 2 sites on page 1 of google and send them packing.
     
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  4. teeniegenie

    teeniegenie Supreme Member

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    You could have an attorney write a letter threatening legal action to the HOSTING COMPANY of your competitor's website. The web hosts are usually pretty quick to respond. If you know an attorney they may do this for cheap or even free or the letter could cost you a few hundred bucks depending on where you live and what you want in the letter. In my experience the letters work quite well.

    Basstrackerboats has a good point though - just outrank them and forget the legal stuff. Either way (or both?) works in my opinion...
     
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  5. Craive

    Craive Newbie

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    Thanks for the input guys. Was a bit pissed when I first saw their rank. We don't even receive any traffic from that phrase, but the idea just got under my skin. I think I'll just work on pushing them on out the rankings.
     
  6. stopnstare

    stopnstare Junior Member

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    Have someone make Negative post about competitors product/quality on as many public forums on the topic as you can find. No shortages of customer complaint forums and then fire up Xrummer and start blasting them.