Testosterone Junkie Has Been Cloned! Should I Be Flattered?
Cloned and Scraped Sites
If you didn’t know by now my name is Ben.
I am a real person, I do real things like go to work Monday to Friday, play a bit of rugby still, lift weights, get drunk and have an adopted cat called Molly.
I also write and manage this site. However, this is a spare time hobby and passion. I have always had a hankering to have a website and blog about all different things associated with rugby and weight lifting and here it is, you lucky shits.
However, it recently came to my attention that may be TESTOSTERONEJUNKIE.COM was becoming accidentally too great, why? Well it was brought to my attention that this very site has been/is being cloned.
That’s correct. cloned.
Charles Caleb Colton once said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
Right, is it though?
In my mind no. I spend countless hours writing content for this website about matters that I am passionate about. I write until the early morning and often with Molly sat on my lap clawing at my jeans or shirt.
Fuck, it is annoying when she does that and like now, I am hunched over her body trying to reach the keyboard with my short arms.
Yet, this is probably the closest I will ever feel to being a rock star. Yes, that is a rock star who has had their songs downloaded illegally and without permission. And it feels dirty and so, so cheap.
More so than growing a filthy handlebar mustache so I could live some sort of Freddie Mercury lifestyle on a moped in Thailand. No lady boys were harmed during my time over there.
Good question. Well I will not write what the website on here as it will provide them with a nice little back-link for them but I presume that if they copy all of the pages available on here (over 900) it will immediately give that site quick and easy ranking on google.
It seems that this impostor of a site is currently skimming the content from testosteronejunkie.com so they can be indexed and it is likely you will click on the link expecting a wealth of good quality content to be redirected to a site that sells steroids or something like that.
At present if you type ‘testosterone junkie’ in to google that site ranks higher than the original. It’s a bloody scam!
Mind you, if you click on the link it goes to a 404 holding page and nothing more at the moment. I suspect more is going off behind the scenes. At present it seems around 70 pages have been copied. Bastards.
This is all very annoying. So I found out who their web host is, their hosting is provided by OVH Hosting, their IP address being 188.8.131.52. I even found out that the supposed person behind it all is a middle aged Russian woman. So they have probably cloned her identity as well.
Well I had better shave this handlebar mustache off first I guess. I look like some sort of sicko.
The most annoying thing is that google seem to have taken very little notice.
When there is an infringement of copyright you are to file a DMCA (digital millennium copyright act 1998) complaint to google who then should de-index their site as it is essentially manipulating their algorithm which is in place to help the user (the person searching for information) find the best quality and related information on the web for the user’s search.
However, google seem to offer very little in terms of support just constant canned responses. This is no good for me as my material has been copied nor good for the user as you hit the highest ranking search result which leads you to a 404 page and in term lose confidence in testosterone junkie as you presume that page is mine.
I did a little research on the hosting company, OVH. It seems they have already had a lawsuit filed against them for passing on pirate traffic. This doesn’t look good.
In fact it looked so bad I thought I would use their support function and detail the issue in the hope they would respond and take down this clone site. I heard nothing back.
Needless to say I will not host any further sites (one is being planned to list and review all of the cars I have ever bought, owned and traded.
What Can I Do?
This is supposed to be read in your head so, if you would, these are things you can do to.
- Don’t panic! I guess you are not, so that’s a start.
- Do not click on the website that purports to be testosterone junkie yet has a different domain name, you will just be helping a cheat and a scam artist.
- Be patient, I am hoping google will eventually see the clone for what it is and how it is trying to manipulate their algorithm and thus gain a quick win. This is a black hat technique to make easy cash on the back of others’ work.
- Tell your friends about this, they may get a laugh out of it. At least someone is a winner then.
This site is fairly big, as already mentioned there are over 900 pages and close to around 950. Hopefully the overall size and ‘strength’ of the site will help fight against this threat.
I will carry on writing regardless and keep chasing google and OVH hosting as I would hate to see all the time and energy to be completely wasted.
Plus, I can keep updating you on progress, it may help someone else out there at some point.
I am hoping the powers that be in google and OVH see who the real testosterone junkie is.
Ummm, I am literally going to have that shave right now.