New Margarita Machines

March 12th, 2008

We have always keep our machines in top working order but they will get a few bumps and scratches over the years, so we added 10 new Crathco 3311 to our fleet of margarita machines. We have a few used machines for sale. The thing is, margarita machines used by rental companies are not used even a 10th as hard as restaurant machines because they are not used but maybe once a week compared to restaurant machines that are used 14 to 16 hours six to seven days a week. So even if these used machines have a few nicks and scrapes they are still in great working order.

Used Margarita Machines

January 3rd, 2008

Looking for used margarita machines you have come to the right place. Margarita Adventures has used Grindmaster 3311 at a great price. These are the leading machines used in the rental industry. These are also know as Crathco 3311 or Wilch 3311. Please visit our used frozen drink machine page for full details.

Someone copied my website

December 30th, 2007

And they were not alone… Over the past few weeks I have noticed several sites actually copied content word for word from my site. Some did not even remove the word “MoJo” from parts of the text they copied. I had noticed a while back my Google page rank dropped from a 3 to a 2 on my homepage but I did not really think much of it at the time. About a month ago, I was looking at competitor websites as I do from time to time and the wording sounded very familiar. Upon closer inspection I noticed they copied the content word for word from 3 different pages of my website. All they had done was replaced my name with theirs. I was floored, I knew they had stole my content, but I had no clue what to do. I researched the matter and found out I am not alone.  Several companies have had to deal with this. After gathering all the information I contacted my attorney and he recommended a cease and desist letter. We also copied the web host and got an almost immediate response. The content was removed within 24 hours. I started to wonder if this is was what dropped my Google pagerank, so I decide to see if other sites had done this and unfortunately I found more. I followed this same procedure and the content was removed. I am not talking taking a FAQ here and there I am talking about copying entire paragraphs or pages word for word.

Someone copied your content, so what, why do you care?
I care because Google, Yahoo, MSN and all other search engines care. They actually view this as duplicate content and the result is both sites can look like they are trying to spam the Internet. The fact that I have identified over 5 sites that copied part or all of my content made this much worse for me. The search engines are usually able to determine the original site and many times the copycat sites will be omitted from the search results, but the bottom line is this practice can hurt the original site. Also the copycat site will never achieve good placement from a search engine perspective, so you get little or no benefit out of doing this. Here is Google’s stance on duplicate content. The other reason I care is when I started this business I didn’t copy peoples websites. I sure read alot of them and got ideas for what I wanted mine to look like, but I never copied entire pages or paragraphs from other sites work.

Please understand that my intent is not to effect peoples business or take down their website. I actually like competition when done in a fair and honest manor. I have always given companies the benefit of the doubt and tried to email or call them giving them the opportunity to remove the content on their own. I have found that in many instances it was the company they hired to build the website that copied my content. In these cases I get even more aggravated for two reasons:
1. Any web company that is hired to build a website for a client that knowingly copies content from other websites on the Internet either has no knowledge of how search engines work and/or doesn’t care that the website they designed for their client will ever have a good organic (free) placement in search engines. Anyone can build a website and use pay-per-click methods to generate traffic but anyone who knows anything about search engine optimization will agree that organic placement is much better. If your website designer can’t show you sites they created with good organic placement its time to look for a different web design company.
2. The other reason is basically this webdesign company not only riped me off by steeling my content, but they also ripped off the owner of the copycat site they were paid to create and now this company maybe have to pay someone else to have their site redone.

So why post this?
To let other margarita companies know if they copy my content I will request it removed and take legal action if necessary to get it done. I have had some sites not comply after I had given them proper evidence, so I filed a complaint with their webhost. Once I provided the webhost with the proper information the host decided to suspend their account including all other domains associated with that account. This was not my intent, I just wanted the copied content removed, this was the decision the webhost made (My guess is every webhost has a copyright clause in their TOS). There are a few more sites I will be contacting shortly and rather than explaining everything to them I will send them links to my page and theirs as well as a link to this blog. Hopefully after reading this they can understand and appreciate why I am asking my content be removed from their site. My goal is always a peaceful resolve, I just want my content removed.

How do you detect duplicate content?
Well initially I found it be accident, but when I was looking for other sites after finding the 1st one I started entering sentences from my website in quotes into the search engines. This is very tedious and I don’t recommend it. I have since found Copy Scape where you can enter any webpage and it will show you other sites that have this same content. Once you identify them, then you can take whatever action you deem necessary.

Additional resources
Copy Scape - Lets you see all pages with similar or exact content as yours.
Internet Archive - Assuming your site is listed in the Archive this will allow you to prove your site had the content 1st.
Who is hosting this - This site lets you see who the host is for a particular website should you need to contact them.

I welcome any questions, comments or suggestions. Thanks

Party Supplies

January 19th, 2007

Margarita Adventures now offers Party Supplies for all occasions. Now you don’t need to run all over town gathering your party supplies just buy them online and have them delivered to your door. We offer themed, birthday and holiday decorations and paper goods. Also check out our light up margaritas glasses (you won’t lose your drink with these babies).

New website

November 21st, 2006

Margarita Adventures had a major website redesign.

Frozen Drink Machine Instructions

June 26th, 2006

Margarita adventures has added a detailed frozen drink machine instructions page. This page should answer any questions someone may have regarding proper operation of a frozen drink machine.

Frisco Margarita Machine Rentals

January 31st, 2006

Margarita Adventures has added a Frisco Margarita Machine Rentals page to direct more Frisco specific searches to this page. While Margarita Adventures does provide Frozen beverage machine rentals to the North Dallas area, we thought a Frisco specific page would be appropriate since we are headquartered in Frisco. The Frisco Margarita Machine Rentals page also lists our fellow Frisco business partners.

Time to buy margarita machines

January 19th, 2006

The lower end machines with the plastic clear bowls and are some times called two flavor machines take up to 6 times as long to freeze, they will not freeze out doors in the heat and you have to wait for it to refreeze when you add mix. We will never own a plastic clear bowl two flavor machine. The good news is the Crathco 3311 stainless steal models will freeze in less then a hour they will work in the heat and with a cooling and freezing hopper system there is no waiting for freeze time between batching.