Hotellook and YouTube Marketing

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Here's the latest trying to glom off our hard work and make a buck:

Found a YouTube video for my B&B that went up June 4 and basically stripped all of the photos off our website and turned them into a slideshow, with a banner chick that tells people to click the link in the comments to save 20% off their rooms. 

Link takes you to a page on Hotelzbox.com, which immediately redirects you to a custom page for my B&B they've created on a site called Hotellook.com with my photos and Boo.com's comments.  To add more shadiness to the deal, the site is owned by a company called jetradar, an "internet travel site" owned by Russians.

I filed a DMDA copyright complaint with YouTube, who hopefully will take the video down. The site probably can't be touched. 

Every time I delve into our online marketing, I feel like I need to take a shower....

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BTDT. The person who posted it last time sent me messages begging me to not get her banned from Youtube and all her videos taken down. I also had their affiliate ID removed since it's a violation of the affiliate plans. Cut off that source of income.

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BTW, I like your rooms! And good that you put that comment in.

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Yep, I see they have me on there too. Explain to me, what's the harm to me? 

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Not to mention they jacked up the price on my place! So, I pay booking 15% on the jacked up rate??? Or these guys send me the standard rate and keep they extra for themselves? Oh, cute. Booking has jacked up my rate to pretend to give the guest a discount. Yeesh. This is too much.

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Arks wrote:

Yep, I see they have me on there too. Explain to me, what's the harm to me? 

If you change anything on your website, drop booking, things like that, the site still keeps your info and returns errors when guests try to book. (If anyone even finds them.) It makes it look like YOU are shady, or closed, or whatever because everyone knows one of those big sites with all those hotels is completely legit.

And it's annoying that ANYONE can strip your info off the web and create a page that pretends to be you, gets your guests to book thru them and costs you 15%. IF it's even legit. Maybe they're just scamming credit card numbers.

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