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Posted 05 August 2004 - 07:01 PM
Posted 25 September 2004 - 11:17 PM
I'd be interested to know more about the 'insert a layer' method, that's a new one to me.
I'm not really too bothered about it, these things WILL happen and they have happened to me very recently, my website has had pictures and text robbed and packaged into a 30pounds package being sold by two South African men posing as a British company.
I consider myself semi-competent at website construction, but I'm afraid to say I haven't got to grips with DW yet, still using Frontpage.
I'm not sure whether the next request is within the realms of what you guys do to help via this forum but I've been interested in SEO since my first attempt at a personal webpage many years ago.
A complicated subject it is indeed but I feel Google has certainly set a much simpler and consistent standard than ever existed before, would you agree?
If you're willing to do a simple test I wonder if you'd like to try and find my website on Google with a few pointers.
It helps people get their first job offshore on an oil rig, provided detailed information about how to do it, what it's like onboard etc etc. It's aimed at the UK offshore industry rather than worldwide.
I would very much appreciate an experts view on 1. My SEO skills and 2. My general professional web construction potential :-)
I'm only able to use HTML and the first couple of sites I constructed were done with HTML & Notepad only.
I know my site ranks as #1 on Google when i type in a certain phrase but I'm curious to know what the uninformed might type into Google or any other search engine when trying to find a site like mine.
Look forward to some feedback maybe, excellent, crisp, clean, clear, well set out site you have here.
Posted 26 September 2004 - 04:53 PM
Have a quick look at the '[url=http://www.highrankings.com/forum/index.php?act=boardrules]Forum Rules[/url]', linked at the top of the page, with reference to a site review.
Posted 26 September 2004 - 04:56 PM
Today, I found a particularly irritating instance where the thief had ripped off my text, but amended it sufficiently that I may have difficulty proving that they used my text as a basis. Hmmm... chalk it up to experience, I guess...
Posted 26 September 2004 - 05:17 PM
Sorry for jumping in with both feet without checking the rules first. I wasn't consciously looking for a site review......sorry if it came over that way.......
Anyhow, the site that's ripped off my contenct has done a similar thing to what you described in your last post, i.e. modified some of the text, but elsewhere on the site some pages are copied word for word.
I can't find his site using Google or any other search engine unless I include the name of his company in the keywords so hopefully not too many people will fall foul of the scam and will my find my website offering the information for free first.
Interestingly, a Russian guy once copied my whole site and put it up under his own URL and on the page where I offer a list of company and agency contact details he added a 'For Sale' link.
I thought there would be zero chance of getting him to remove this but a polite but very stern email resulted in him removing the site, apologising and even setting up a forwarding link to my site in it's place.
I'd threatened to contact his website host and this seemed to do the trick. I like the idea of a Terms & Conditions page and ironically the scam website in question at the moment has just this type of page on his site.
Posted 26 September 2004 - 05:53 PM
There's lots of info to browse through on the forum, but if it leaves a particular question unasked, feel free to ask.
Posted 27 September 2004 - 07:02 AM
The folks at GoogleAlert have a developed pretty cool tool called CopyScape that you can use to help identify other sites that have lifted bits of text from your web pages. I usually get some false positives, but it'll catch the stuff where only a word or two has been changed.
Posted 28 September 2004 - 03:30 PM
I enjoy reprinting and always include the bi-line (Jill can back me up )
I also syndicate news stories from some of the top search engine blogs out there
All about working together .
Posted 28 September 2004 - 05:11 PM
If NOT, is there a way to find out which web hosting service someone is using?
My own site defaults to an Easyspace error page if a non-existant page is requested, but on the site that's ripped off my site I've tried doing that but just get the Error 404 screen.
Posted 28 September 2004 - 05:52 PM
Posted 22 October 2004 - 07:45 PM
I printed off that article Jill, plus many others in the links from it. Fascinating reading, it confirmed everything I'd ever thought about SEO, plus I learned much more besides, the most important thing being that it is a very grey area and there are no real hard and fast rules are there? What you DO need is a very structured approach and once you have a laid down format that works for you, which might be a bit different to another SEOs, then many jobs must seem much like the last to a certain extent?
I particularly liked the comment that "just because you are a good letter writer does not necessily mean you can transfer these skills to good copy writing" or words to that effect. Of course, the reverse is true also, I feel I'm pretty good at both, but self praise if no recommendation right?
I was quite interested in the copyright issue when I joined this forum, in particular because someone had just BLATANTLY 'stolen' my whole site basically and was even SELLING the content of the second part of my site. He wasn't even selling it honestly, it was packaged in such a way as to make people believe that it was quite easy to get a job on an oil rig and buy my package for £30 to find out how to do it.
Anyway, a long story short, I threatened to have his page removed from Google's algorithm (nice word to use in a threat) if he didn't remove is site. After 2 weeks or so of playing with this fool by email I carried out not the GOOGLE threat but one of the others I'd made which was to contact his webhost and report him.
The end result of this is that this evening his URL has been "suspended". They gave him the chance to explain himself or make the necessary changes, he agreed to make the changes (an obvious admission of guilt) but never did so, or least not fast enough for my liking or his web host's
So, I would say that I believe that this is the most effective course of action against anyone that BLATANTLY rips off your work.
Of course, it may not be so easy to prove some cases, as BrianR mentions in previous posts, but for blatant material theft, the webhost I dealt with proved to be so approachable and fair to BOTH parties in their arbitration that I believe I will be moving my site to their servers when my current subscription with my current host runs out because for one reason or another I'm less than happy with them.
Just thought you might like to hear this little story. I was going to post the whole history of correspondence from both the individual involved and also the webhost but wasn't sure whether that would be allowed in the [url=http://www.highrankings.com/forum/index.php?act=boardrules]Forum Rules[/url], it does make quite entertaining reading. If anyone would like a copy feel free to contact me, or if it IS permissable to post (an edited version) it here I'd be obliged if one of the terminators, I mean moderators would give the necessary go-ahead.
My own site shows up very well in Google searches and this is purely down to chance. I have carried out only basic SEO on my website, basically I think the content does the work without any further effort from me and this only goes to prove the terrific points made in the articles I downloaded from the original article by Debra plus other related topics. I feel I shall however have to update the content on my opening page to increase my rankings further, although, interestingly (to me anyway) it seems that my main index page of www.cleddau.com/rigs shows up in Google although it seems that the content of other pages on the site are responsible for the high rankings because my index page is not exactly keyword rich.
I have TWO questions to pose :
Relating to an actual copyright statement being on your website; Is this enough on it's own, legally speaking, or do you actually have to go through a process to register your work with some sort of licencing authority for it to be legally binding? The culprit who stole my site tried to bluff me by telling me that he would "remove all offending material if you just send me a copy of your copyright licence"
Another person has taken my WHOLE site and reproduced it in a one page, text only webpage. I'm not bothered about this because he is not trying to sell any of my work and does acknowledge where the info came from and even provides a link back to my site. However, WHY does this person's text only version of my site not show up very high when I do a keyword search??? It's is VASTLY rich in the necessary keywords and the site content is totally genuine material with no attempt at what I would consider SPAM. Is it possible that the Google spider cannot tell the difference and has penalised this text only page for having too many similar keywords on the same (very long) page???
Posted 22 October 2004 - 07:56 PM
Just for that, I'll have to give you the evil kitty eyes :
Sounds like it should be OK if you remove all references to the offender and make sure no links sneak in.
I'm glad they were shut down.
Posted 22 October 2004 - 08:12 PM
In general, you own the copyright as soon as you write the material. There is a lot of information on the U.S. Copyright Office Website. From circular 1, Copyright Basics ( http://www.copyright...s/circ1.html#cr ):
The way in which copyright protection is secured is frequently misunderstood. No publication or registration or other action in the Copyright Office is required to secure copyright.
Also, circular 66 talks about online material: http://www.copyright...rcs/circ66.html
Posted 22 October 2004 - 10:13 PM
Also, Ian has a couple of good articles on copyright infringment on the High Rankings site. You might do a search and find them...I'm too lazy at the moment to look them up!
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