Here's my (short) story:
I've made a website for a customer that didn't pay me. He bought a lot of domains:
and so on.
Thanks to my work, he went up 5th in the google France search "groupe synergies" (against other websites that are far more huge).
Maybe higher in some other countries.
Then he said: "I'll never pay you".
So I removed his domain names from my vhost, I bought "groupe-synergies.fr" (and only this extension), and put this domain in my vhost.
1 day after this story, his website was down = 404 on every single page. There should have been a problem with google, right (kind of black list or whatever)?
5 days after this story, an ugly picture saying "website in construction" (you still can check it out) appeared. No 404 anymore, but google should have noticed there weren't 24 pages anymore but only one ugly picture with no text inside, right?
4 months after, his site still displays this crappy page.
All good, all fine.
But what I don't understand is this: Google registered all my webpages: try to google
site:groupe-synergies.fr => 24 results.
So here's the problem: only one ugly page on the same domain with different extensions against 24 pages, well done, w3c compatible, very fast response time and... it doesn't even show up if you google (in France at least) "groupe synergies" in the 20 first pages.
Any idea how comes?
My question is: "why does his site still have a good page rank, and mine still doesn't appear"? Where could the problem come from?
Thank you very much!
PS: please, oh please don't talk about laws, about "what you did is bad" and so on, believe me: I'm always trying to be as straight as possible, and what I did has a really good reason. Please just focus on my question, not on the legal stuff side. Thank you very much indeed.