I started getting text solicitation for bids today from some company calling itself GoSmith.com or Smith. All extremely vague, all crappy leads (200 sqft of vinyl siding to be washed on one, 7 windows to be cleaned on another), and all out of area.
So I go and check them out and SURPRISE… they scraped the content off of my website.
For a 3rd party, unaffiliated work broker to try to get between a prospective client and a contractor by LITERALLY stealing their website content (and in turn, hurting the contractor’s SEO) is a really terrible way to break yourself into the business.
I put in a cease and desist to the gosmith.com support desk, and they promptly told me it would be removed.
My “profile”, aka stolen content is still up there as of now. I will give them the benefit of 48 hours to remove it. After that I will file a DMCA with Google.
I suggest everyone take a look at www.gosmith.com to see if their content was stolen as well.
As for now, I view gosmith,com as a scam.
You can file a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) complaint with Google directly if your content has also been stolen at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice?pli=1