There is a site of ill-repute known as thedirty which has completely mirrored my site and now has links appearing on Google at the #1 spot using my content. I checked my log files and noticed that this site has been crawling mine for sometime, and also has 10,000 links from their site to mine.
I have blocked user access which is referred from this site and reported them as web spam to Google already. I also disavowed the domain.
How are they getting top links in Google (even overtaking mine) for such nefarious tactics? What are the steps to completely eliminating an issue such as this?
I thought I would provide an update on this as I have more information now. So thedirty pointed their subdomains to my ip which had the effect of making their subdomains look like my website.
For a couple of days this didn't matter much because using htaccess, I redirected all HOSTS not of my domain, back to my domain which basically meant I was getting their subdomains traffic links on Google. After a couple of days thedirty changed their subdomains to point back to their website so that I no longer benefit from this.
So the whole point being they used my content to get top ranks on Google, and are now pointing those links back to their website to drive more traffic to theirs.
It is a dirty tactic by a dirty website. My hope is that Google punishes such behavior.