Small Business Trends Being Plagiarized

I need some advice.

Now and then I’ve read how other sites have been plagiarized. Mostly I never concerned myself about this issue because it did not affect my business.

In the past I’ve been very happy when sites use my content — provided they link back here and it is clear they are giving Small Business Trends credit for the content. I’ve always considered that marketing.

But recently I encountered a site which is a blatant copy of this site. It does not give attribution that the content came from here. This copycat has even illegally copied my site’s name. Whoever is behind it is pulling snippets of content from my site — probably with an automated software program — and trying to pass it off as their own. They even had the nerve to put a copyright notice on the site! The goal appears to be to earn Google Ad Sense revenue, as you can see from the Google ads on the site.

Recently I was granted a U.S. trademark on the name “Small Business Trends.” Naturally I want to do everything possible to protect the name — not to mention my writings.

Anyone have any advice as to how to counter this? Report it to Google? How do I do that? Other options?

Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.