Ultimately it ended up with my ENTIRE blog being stolen…
…and being put on the thief’s own hosting account.
I want to tell you how it happened so that it’s something you can be aware of.
A few of years ago now I was watching a site on Flippa that I was interested in.
Now I wasn’t actually interested so much in the siteÂ¦
….but in the marketing methods that the seller was using to get the results that he was getting which were very nice by the way.
Now I bid on the site, because I thought the information was THAT valuable!
However I didn’t win.
Post auction the seller contacted me and said he could create the same site for me and provide me with the same information — for a fee.
I thought about it for a while and agreed with what he was offering.
I picked a domain and he created the site for me and offered free hosting for the first few months.
I didn’t think anything of it at the time because I am a very trusting person…
…but let this was the start of the unravelling.
Now I paid for the site and I got it — AND the information I was after — and didn’t really think too much of it after that.
I decided to rework the content into my own style and made a very nice looking blog which started making affiliate sales.
Anyway I had the site transferred to my hosting which the seller did…and moved on with my marketing.
A couple of months later I was checking for copyscape etc and found — by chance –a complete duplicate of my updated site.
Yes, on the seller’s hosting!!
Every single image, link, word was the same as mine — word for word — the only thing that was different of course was HIS affiliate link.
I was dumbfounded.
I thought what kind of person is this that would do such a thing?
I went back in my mind and realised that at some point the blog was on HIS hosting…
…so at some point he had taken a duplicate of my entire site and kept it on his hosting.
Let this be a WARNING that you should be aware of any times when someone offers you FREE hosting for a period of time.
This is clearly where I came unstuck.
Anyway, through a very long — and protracted process — the content was eventually removed.
I also contacted the affiliate program manager too.
Of course, my rankings started increasing pretty quickly after that( as it was no longer viewed as the exact same content shown elsewhere).
There is nothing worse than finding out that your content has been stolen by someone else online.
In my case it was an ENTIRE blog…
…in other cases it can be an article, a video, an image etc.
Whatever, it is, it is something we put our heart and soul into.
The very essence of it makes me feel quite ill.
It is awful to know that someone else has benefited from your hard work, ideas and creativity.
To help fight the online thieves of the world, you’ve got to be well informed and prepared.
You just have to assume that these things will happen…
…and use preventative measures as much as possible.
You must know different steps to find out if your web content or article has been stolen.
It is also important to have a good comprehension of the laws, and evaluate if it’s worth your time to pursue.
It is ideal that you know exactly which actions to take to get the person to remove your content (bringing it back where it should belong- your site).
It is also crucial to think about the future – no one deserves to be a victim.
People can be very unscrupulous…it’s up to YOU to be pre-warned and proactive.
Tomorrow I will talk about what you can do yourself to find out if your content is being distributed online (and what to do about it if it is).
Have you had a similar experience?
Have you found your content being used by someone else online?
I’d love to hear about it, and so would my readers :O)