Do you know if your blog posts that you wrote so they would be unique are floating around the internet on other peoples blogs?
Until recently I would of answered “No” to both of those questions.
I recently by accident realized that all of my blog posts on my deeannrice.com had been hijacked and were now content on http://www.smith1bonusandreviews.com/. While my posts were not the only content on on this blog they were all of the new content. Every time I published a new post to my blog it immediately went up on http://www.smith1bonusandreviews.com/ as well.
In this post I wanted to let you know what happened to me and how to resolve the problem, including what I did to resolve my problem.
In order to check and see if your content has been hijacked, go to http://www.copyscape.com/ and look up the URL for your post.
What happened to Me
What I found
One day while going through my comments I found the following comment. Then more recently I received the second comment above it. They were kind of funny comments so I went to the website listed to see where they came from.
When I clicked on Categories and the Affiliate Programs I found excerpts for each of my posts.
If you click on the excerpt then I was taken to my entire post just as it is on my website.
What can be done about someone hijacking a website!
1. Identify Who Owns The Website
Look on the website for a name, contact page, about author page or something else that identifies the owner. There was absolutely nothing on www.smith1bonusandreviews.com identifying anyone or anything.
Use the following list of websites to try to locate the the owner of the domain
- Google them
- Network Solutions, Inc
- DNS Stuff
- Whois Godaddy
- Better Whois
- Easy Whois
- All Whois
- Domain Tools
In my case I could not find the name of the owner of the website but I did find that they had it hosted at Hostgator which is the same place that I have my website hosted.
2. Contact the Owner
If you can actually find out who owns the site and also find a contact for them, you can contact the site owner and ask them to take the content down.
As I said before this was impossible for me to do.
3. Report the website
Search Engines – If you go to http://www.seologic.com and read the article How do you send Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) notifications to the major search engines and directories asking that they remove copyright violators from their sites? they spell out how to contact the search engines and even give sample letters to send.
Websites hosting – When I looked up www.smith1bonusandreviews.com, I could not get a name for the owner but did find out that the site was hosted at Hostgator. I contacted Hostgator and reported the violation to them. About 3 days after reporting the violation www.smith1bonusandreviews.com was no longer functioning.
4. How to report a copyright violation
Most places ask for about the same information, so include the following including the numbers
1. Identify in sufficient detail the copyrighted work that you believe has been infringed upon (for example, “The copyrighted work at issue is the text that appears on http://www.hostgator.com/tos.shtml“) or other information sufficient to specify the copyrighted work being infringed (for example, “The copyrighted work at issue is ?Intellectual Property: Valuation, Exploitation, and Infringement Damages? by Gordon V. Smith, published by Wiley, ISBN #047168323X”).
2. Identify the material that you claim is infringing the copyrighted work listed in item #1 above. You must identify each web page that allegedly contains infringing material. This requires you to provide the URL for each allegedly infringing result, document, or item.
Infringing Web Pages:
3. Provide information reasonably sufficient to permit us to contact you.
4. Provide information, if possible, sufficient to permit us to notify the owner/administrator of the allegedly infringing webpage or other content (email address is preferred).
5. Include the following statement: “I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.”
6. Include the following statement: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”
Sign the paper.
Send this to whoever you are reporting the copyright violation to. Again www.seologic.com has addresses for the major search engines. You can contact the hosting company to find their address.
For a PDF copy of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) Click Here.