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3/15/16
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XSportNews

How do I take down an unauthorized mirror / copy of my website ?

My website for which I'm working for several years now is XSportNews.com. Today I discovered in Google Results thehappysport.com which is basically an unauthorized mirror / copy of my website. 

They replaced XSportNews with TheHappySport. They even copied my AdSense codes. I have watermarks with "via XSportNews.com" on many of my images, they couldn't change that. Also if you look at the source code from thehappysport.com, xsportnews is showing up in several places where they couldn't change it. I'm pretty sure it is a bot doing this.

I reported thehappysport.com for spam to Google. Now what should I do ?

Thank you.

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Suzanneh
3/15/16
Suzanneh
Your best bet, if they won't take it down after being asked, is to file a DMCA with their webhost. This will get the content taken down completely.  

If that fails, then you can file a DMCA with Google -- but that only takes care of the site in Google search results.  It wouldn't take the content down completely.

Start with the webhost, if you can't reach the owner.

Suzanne
3/16/16
Original Poster
XSportNews
Suzanneh,

Thank you for your reply. I wrote to their hosting company, we'll see what will happen there. 

I really hope Google will consider my spam report for thehappysport.com and remove it from Google search results.

What thehappysport.com did by copying the entire content of my site (XSportNews.com) really qualifies as spam, according to both these videos with Matt Cutts:

How can I make sure that Google knows my content is original?

How does Google handle duplicate content?
3/16/16
Original Poster
XSportNews
Suzanneh,

Do you have any idea how they do it, how they copy everything ? 

I have 3 different security plugins for several years now. I have custom .htaccess to prevent hacking. I checked with the internal sucuri security plugin and I wasn't hacked, I also checked with the others.

I installed today a plugin to prevent copying and I made a new article on xsportnews, but the copy protection didn't work for text, just for the image. Are they using the rss feed, should I stop the rss feed (I'm using feedburner) ? 

They copy even the cosmetic changes, therefore I added a facebook Page Plugin with XSportnews in the right side of the site, and they also copied it on thehappysport. 

Thank you.
Suzanneh
3/16/16
Suzanneh
It's easy to scrape a site.  They might be getting it through the RSS feed, too, sure. You could check your logs for any suspcisious activity from an IP and block that IP -- but make sure you're not blocking good bogs, like googlebot, if you do that.

If somebody wanted to take your content manually, it's easy to just do a Ctrl-U and see all the source code.  Or a simple Ctrl-S saves the entire html file to a user's computer.

I would strongly recommend you follow RedLeg's advice. He's an expert in these situations. Perhaps something like WordFence can detect suspicious activity like somebody scraping your site.

Suzanne
3/16/16
Original Poster
XSportNews
Suzanneh,

I have wordfence installed for more than 2 years (it is one of the 3 security plugins i'm using), it is doing daily scans and it is saying I'm ok. 

I couldn't find redleg's advice here, therefore I searched him on google and I found this tool (related to his name) and I used it, but it still looks ok: https://aw-snap.info/file-viewer/?tgt=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.xsportnews.com%2F&ref_sel=GSP2&ua_sel=ff&fs=1

My hope is that Google will accept my spam report for thehappysport. If I takedown now thehappysport with a DMCA to the webhost, they could change the webhost and comeback. But if google marks it as spam, they will have to change the domain name, because it will not show up as result anymore. 

Thanks again, Suzanneh :)
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3/21/16
Original Poster
XSportNews
I SOLVED this issue by contacting my webhost.

The User Agent / spider responsible for this has this IP: 198.20.175.42 - now it is blocked.

From the my Raw Access Logs: 198.20.175.42 - - [20/Mar/2016:21:00:32 +0200] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 301 - "http://xsportnews.com" "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/49.0.2623.87 Safari/537.36"

198.20.175.42 - - [20/Mar/2016:21:00:33 +0200] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 20056 "http://xsportnews.com/" "Go-http-client/1.1"


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Info about the spider: https://www.projecthoneypot.org/ip_198.20.175.42


http://en.utrace.de/?query=198.20.175.42


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Interesting quote from https://www.webmasterworld.com/search_engine_spiders/4765316.htm : "Go 1.1 package http" is the default UA for the Google Go programming language. If the developer does not rename after building their bot, this will be the UA. 


However, a quick web search will show a lot of webmasters complaining their sites were scraped at a high rate by this UA, from various IP ranges. So it appears to be easily used for malicious purposes.



 
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