I just got an email from a guy through my contact form who said he saw two versions of one of my articles – one on another site, and one on this one. He gave me the URL. The other site isn’t mine, it’s a scraper site (not unusual). I guess the thing that made me maddest was the fact that he stole the entire article, stripped out my affiliate links and replaced them with a banner and his link, and he’s even linking to the images in my original blog post sucking down my bandwidth for his spam activities!
The post in question is my Artisteer review How to Create YourOwn WordPress Theme in Minutes. This was a post that took many hours to write. So, the first thing I did was find out where he was hosted (theplanet.com). First I should tell you what you have to do if you’re in this situation. Go to a site like Network Tools. Do an nslookup on the spammer’s site, as well as a traceroute, and last a “whois” query. Two out of the 3 didn’t tell me anything. The nslookup came back blank – because he’s a spammer and he turned it off. The whois query came back that he was regsitered through an anonymous web service, also no help. But the every trustworth “traceroute” can’t be turned off! And guess what – his site traces back to theplanet.com hosting on American soil! That little bastard is now worthy of a DMCA takedown to get his site offline ASAP! If you ever need to do this read my post: How to Submit a DMCA Takedown Notice
So, I realize that it may take a short bit of time for theplanet.com to respond to my request through their legal department – so since this little stupid spammer is sucking off of MY bandwidth using MY original images – I decided to fix his little red wagon once and for all. I could have just renamed all the images in the article and deleted the original ones. But I went one better than that. I renamed the images, and then I uploaded a nice version of the original for his viewers to read as soon as my article loads on his site:
Sorry spammers – this round you lose!