web site cloning and google

hi i hope you are well.

ive got a problem here.

i had a website developed a few years ago, and my plan was for the developer to copy the structure of the site and give it to my brother so he could change the content and use it for his business too. the developer has since (its 2 years ago now so its understandable) stopped doing private jobs and cant help.

he put his site live a few weeks ago and since then my site has dissapeared from natural search listings and my google places place just doesnt show up which is hurting my business.

so far ive figured that my analytics code below on each page has also been cloned (which he will rip out)

<script type="text/javascript">
  var _gaq = _gaq || [];
  _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'blah']);
  (function() {
    var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true;
    ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js';
    var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);

and also theres a file there called googlefSOMENUMEBRS.html which is something to do with analytics too i think which has also been copied - hes going to remove this too.

my questions are

1) how do we make the 2 sites different enough so that goole doesnt get upset? how far do we have to go?
2) how do i get my site back to where it was?

i would really appreciate your expertise.
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Ray PaseurCommented:
I think you need professional help at this point.  Once Google has found its analytics code coming back from different URLs, it's smart enough to know that something is seriously wrong -- perhaps a site has been hacked or hijacked or an impersonator is trying to manipulate Google's SEO information.

Here is what you might want to do.  First and foremost, hire a professional web development agency and show them what has happened.  They will probably be able to advise you to (1) get a new Google Analytics account that will replace the compromised account and (2) rebuild the Google tool set for analytics, places, search, etc.

As far as your brother's site goes, just make sure that his GA credentials are his and his alone.  Check every offsite link to be sure the brother's site does not impersonate your site.  Sites can have similar structure and content without interfering with each other (think WordPress blogs) but when they start sharing API keys, the industry-wide understanding is that the sites are using impersonation to try to cheat SEO rankings.  Since Google makes its living by having high-quality search results, cheaters get banned.

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247computerdoctorAuthor Commented:
ok, thanks for this, i will check this out. much appreciated,.
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