My Website Has Been Cloned! What To Do When Your Blog Has Been Copied

What can you do when someone steals your blog content online? My entire website has been cloned - here's what I'm doing!

My website has been cloned.

Not just a few posts being copied – my website has been cloned. All of it.

Imagine my surprise – and disgust – when I discovered that my website, homelyeconomics, is being copied and reproduced on another site – wholefamilyhousecom.com.

The thieves have arranged that any use of my domain in print reverts to their domain.

 

My blog is being cloned by wholefamilyhousecom.com.

 

The offending website isn’t just plagiarising my content and passing it off as their own, which is what you’d expect; instead, it has just copied everything as it is, complete with my branding and pictures.

All of my internal links also redirect back to mirrored pages and posts on that domain. Bizarrely, my affiliate links still stand as they were and my Google Adsense code is being used to show ads. So what’s the commercial incentive?

 

Not knowing the end game is weird…

Whether there’s any benefit to the thief or not, it’s still unsettling. It’s my words and my thoughts, and worst of all, pictures of me being used by someone I don’t know and haven’t given permission to.

 



So what can you do when your website has been cloned?

If you ever find that your website has been copied it can be extremely upsetting. When someone steals your content or copies your blog then you should…

 

Find them

Thanks to who.is, I know who the owner of the domain is (or who it’s claimed to be).

 

 

Contact them

I sent an email getting straight to the point… but of course, I haven’t had a response.

 

Complain to their host

In this case, it’s Public Domain Registry, which is based in India. If I don’t hear from them soon I guess I’ll just have to carry on nagging them at [email protected]

 



 

File a DMCA notice with Google.

Follow the link above to file a DMCA notice to have the site removed.

 

Write a blog post about the thieving gits.

It’ll end up getting scraped onto their site!

 

Bear in mind…

The internet is like the Wild West, and there are people out there who don’t invest any part of themselves in creating, so they don’t understand what it means to have your intellectual property stolen.

Sadly, dealing with shifty people and copyright infringement comes with the territory as a blogger. It’s not the first time some of my work has been nicked, and it won’t be the last.

 

Have you dealt with anything like this? Or if you’re a reader, how do you view it?

 

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2 Comments

  1. I’m currently going through this RIGHT now! I’m so utterly frustrated. I only found out today and I’m desperately searching for information. Thank you for the advice, I really hope you get your issue sorted.

    I’ve contacted the host and filed at least one DMCA. I’m furious! Can you keep me updated on how you get on? I’ll pop my email in the box below.

    1. Hi Jess, so sorry to hear it’s happened to you! Funnily enough, the cloned site disappeared eventually – it just says “Internal error” on a blank screen if you look it up now. Cloudflare didn’t help at all, and the site’s host emailed me weeks later to say they had no evidence of what I’d claimed, and sent me a screenshot of the blank screen saying “Internal error”!

      So two possibilities:
      1. the host cracked down on them and then told me there was nothing to see there;
      2. the copied site “broke” after I updated WordPress.

      I never got an explanation, but it appeared as though whatever the target audience was seeing was NOT my site. The link that got the most hits was being shared on Spanish Facebook pages with a story about Anonymous giving money away – something I gathered to be a binary options trading scam.

      Once I figured out that my site was some kind of carrier for this scam I took down the post that was being shared, created a new post with a slightly different url and created a redirect from the old one to the new.

      I also bought the .co.uk version of my site and changed a few internal links to that, so they wouldn’t land on the copied site. And it’s just a good thing to have that anyway!

      After all of that, I chilled out. It was still there for ages after I did those things, but suddenly… poof. Very disturbing… but it almost made me cool to my 13 year-old son when I told him a tale of Anonymous, Russian hackers and binary options trading scams! 😉

      I hope your issue’s sorted soon. 🙂

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