Bean Soup with Barley; this blog has been cloned — 6 Comments

  1. You can try this:

    They’re simply loading your site via a server-side script. All you need to do is block their server’s IP address via .htaccess. Simply open up your server’s access logs, open the cloned page on their site, then view your log for the new entry and you’ll have their IP address.

    It also wouldn’t hurt to submit a DMCA request to Google as well but this will not really be necessary as that content will instantly disappear once you block their IP address.

    But I don’t know how deep you want to dig. You may have to contact your hosting service if you can’t find the IP address in your .htaccess folder log. Your IP address will be the one always used and then suddenly, the cloning site address will show up. But I would definitely get your host involved. Also, if you can find out who hosts the cloned site, you can file a complaint to get the site shut down there.

    I’m so sorry 🙁

  2. I’ve been trying to find their IP – I’ll try that, thanks. I asked my site host about it and the person I chatted with was singularly unhelpful – nice, but worthless. I’ll try again now that I have more info (and get a different person) There host is listed as Cloudflare – which isn’t a host but they know who…. Just pisses me off that I have to spend time doing it. Ah well…. such is life

  3. I would definitely contact Cloudflare as well then. Let them know what’s going on. They’re not a hosting service. They’re supposed to ‘protect’ your site from someone getting past their servers so I would think they’d want to know that someone is using it for the opposite reason. And since it’s happening to you, I imagine it’s happening to many others as well and I’m guessing it’s to steal your ad revenue. I’m really sorry 🙁

    • Sadly, blocking their IP had no effect. There is obviously money to be made as people who will do the scraping charge lots and people who will stop them charge lots.