Audioholics Content Stolen by Fake Website MTXaudioseries.com

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  1. gene Audioholics Master Chief Administrator

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    Guys;

    We noticed a drop in our SEO presence since last year for the editorial site but NOT the forum. This was odd b/c the Audioholics.com editorial site has always dominated our industry for SEO.

    Well Clint discovered today that someone setup a fake website that apparently is a domain forwarder for our content:
    http://mtxaudioseries.com/

    Sadly they copied our entire site map and it indexed in Google.

    I contacted MTX Audio and they do NOT own this domain. I think this may be a deliberate attack from a 3rd party that is taking advantage of our site popularity to drive up their own SEO.

    We issued a DMCA to Go Daddy where the site is registered and also contacted the FBI.

    If anyone has suggestions on preventative measures for this occur ring in the future, we are all ears.

    See screenshots below:

    audioholics.jpg mtxaudioseries.jpg
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  2. j_garcia Audioholic Jedi

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    I believe I got linked to that site while searching for something speaker related on google not too long ago... I noticed the URL was wrong so I closed it and went directly to AH since the article I wanted was here, but didn't realize it was actually a copy cat. Bastards
  3. BoredSysAdmin Audioholic Warlord

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    I don't think you could do anything to prevent this other than putting paywall ... Not that me or any other active member would really like it. Or atleast require free registration to read the content. This is not stop, but should slow them down a bit
    See the fight between Oatmeal and FunnyJunk - The Oatmeal and FunnyJunk legal dispute - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    The Site itself hosted by scalabledns.com (Go Daddy just host the domain name, not site itself) - see their contact below.


    Comment: Please send all Abuse, Trademark, Comment: Legal Compliance, and Law Enforcement Comment: requests to abuse@scalabledns.com

    Owner of the domain is :
    Lee, Carol usernokia@hotmail.com 9245 Alpine Ave Sparta, MI 49345 United States +1.6162631490
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  5. j_garcia Audioholic Jedi

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    I ran into something very similar yesterday when looking for some tire info - multiple sites containing basically the exact same thing, that obviously one had copied from the other with different images. The site wasn't copied, but one or more of the sites clearly plagiarized one of the others.
  6. gene Audioholics Master Chief Administrator

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    What this party did to us is a lot more damaging. They are sucking our SEO away from us. I want to crack some skulls.
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  7. j_garcia Audioholic Jedi

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    No doubt. Content is one thing.
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    First thing that you will have to start doing is a keyword notification with each of your articles and then setup google notification when those key word/phrases get used. This way you are alerted when it pops up else where. We found one of our competitors did this and used all our verbiage word for word. Needless to say our Attorney was the first one to make contact with them.

    Keep in mind that cracking skulls is going to be done most likely in Federal court. Do you have a TOS that has a jurisdiction clause? This will save you the B.S. of having to argue about venue. Every article they lifted is a commercial copyright infringement. $150K per pop.
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    First send an email to abuse@scalabledns.com They should go into DNS and redirect the record to a standard take down page.
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    Interesting that they aren't in the internet wayback machine. You have to purposefully use a robots.txt file to keep your site from being crawled.
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    Or they just too new or too small for wayback crawler.... They wont use robots.txt since they want to steal seo traffic
  13. gene Audioholics Master Chief Administrator

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    Thanks I did so but they haven't responded. Go Daddy told me I need to provide written proof of Audioholics.com domain ownership along with trademark/copyright policies. Working on that now.
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    Did you try calling www.enzu.com?
  15. gene Audioholics Master Chief Administrator

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    I did per your suggestion and Enzu seemed to take it down. thanks.
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  17. gene Audioholics Master Chief Administrator

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    LOL. Man these fockers are brazen to say the least. Another call to their web-host is in order.

    Did you get this via the Google Alert at least?
  19. gene Audioholics Master Chief Administrator

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    I think Cliff found it using a site called copycat or something. We are busting our asses trying to fix SEO issues only to be getting sucked dry by these bastards. What is worse is we had to shut down some of our client banners b/c they are spoofing IP addresses and crashing their site. So now we are loosing revenues not just traffic.
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    I gotta say, I find it pretty funny that a spammer is copying part of Gene's original post in this thread. :D
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