Have you ever Googled yourself or something you wrote, only to find that your content was on someone else’s site, and it ranked higher than yours?
You’re not alone. And Google is trying to do something about these “scraper” sites.
Matt Cutts, head of the webspam team at Google, tweeted this on Friday:
The link in his tweet takes you to a form that says:
“Google is testing algorithmic changes for scraper sites (especially blog scrapers). We are asking for examples, and may use data you submit to test and improve our algorithms.”
Provide the URL for your original content as well as the URL for the scraper site. But keep in mind, this link doesn’t flag the site’s content. To make the alternate site go away you’ll have to report a copyright infringement.
Yes, it’s a bit of work. But in the long run, you’ll help Google better monitor the content thieves AND you’ll be protecting your work. Definitely worth the time.
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