To Cleaning Success Blog readers:
This is not something we would normally bring up in public, but over the past year and a half we have spent thousands of dollars trying to get some very unscrupulous people to stop using our copyrighted content on a copycat website they created – to no avail. They are not only using our content and products on their website, they are trying to make money off of them. They are sending out emails to owners of cleaning businesses and will probably attempt to contact you to try to get you to join their site and buy their stolen materials.
I will not post a link to the site because I do not want them receiving any links whatsoever from us or anyone else. However I will tell you that the first time they set up shop they started by copying the first part of our name, and called the site – the janitorial resource dot com. If you google their name you’ll find that they have over a dozen complaints on the Better Business Bureau site and there is an alert on their page.
After about a year, we did finally get them to take the site down, but only a couple months later, the site went back up under a similar name – the janitorial center dot com.
Here is what they did. They joined our site with the intention of stealing our copyrighted information and selling it as their own. They downloaded private, member resources, and copied several of our content pages word for word. In fact, on some of our pages we had links to other pages within our site. They didn’t even bother to edit the content and links that go right back to our site. When our attorney sent them a cease and desist letter all they did was remove the links back to our site, which was a dead giveaway that they were stealing from us. But they refused to remove the copied content.
They also bought some of the ebooks and training programs we sell and are now selling them as their own. They completely copied every one of the calculators we created for members and now have them on their site.
As you can imagine, we are extremely frustrated with the audacity of these people. They even have a copyright warning that says – “Reproduction of any kind without permission is prohibited, legal action will ensue!” Give me a break!!
Unfortunately the legal system says that it will probably cost us a minimum of another $10,000 to continue going after them and there are no guarantees this will even put an end to it. Obviously the legal system doesn’t work in our favor when it comes to blue collar crime.
What we ask of you is that you do NOT buy into any hype you might receive from these people. They have set their sites on profiting from the work we’ve put into The Janitorial Store since 2004. We initially found out about them from a member of The Janitorial Store that left our membership to join theirs. Unfortunately he didn’t realize he had already paid for what they had on their site because most of what they had was stolen from us. We don’t want the same thing to happen to you.
If you want to spread the word about what they’ve done through your networks of cleaning business owners and social media, we are not opposed to exposing them for the crooks they are. We only ask that you spell out the name as we did here and do NOT link directly to their site. Google likes incoming links and we do not want them to receive ANY incoming links – they do not deserve anything that makes them seem credible.
Thanks for taking the time to read this message.
Jean and Steve Hanson, Co-founders