Finally Worked Out What The B****rds Are Doing
Posted 19 August 2010 - 10:17 AM
I first wondered why, as I rank first. Then today I reviewed one of the site that is copying me and their content is now all gibberish. They have run it through a re-writer of some sort to make their content unique.
So it is an automated blog copy and re-write scheme. The links still remain. As in the rewrite process they seem to replace the good keywords with nonsense phrases that nobody will ever search for, then maybe this is still a good thing for me while the links remain?
I do now make an extra effort to place more internal links in my content - something that I always knew to be a good idea for the user, buy laziness makes me forget!
I wonder what that software is then....
Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:36 AM
Subscribers might not like it, but if you get more results from Search or other sources it might be worth it. If your niche has a lot of email & RSS subscribers you might want to go gently - check your stats.
Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:47 AM
Whether they have optimized pages or not does influence the power of links, but a nonsense page doesn't lose all the power altogether. Unless the site is a total dump, practices shady tactics and has no other incoming links - then the value of a non-topic link on that very site is probably close to nill.
Once they've scraped your site, Google still knows you are the original, so you don't lose much if any traffic from people scraping you, unless they rank above you. Once they've rewritten the pages, but kept the links, they essentially eliminated themselves from your SERP competition, but still pass the minimal weight to your site.
So, in this case, I'd rejoice due to getting a few links for nothing or have mixed feelings, if I had a strong site, was sure I wasn't losing any traffic to them - in this case, them having optimized pages might've passed more incoming link value to your site.
Edited by A.N.Onym, 19 August 2010 - 11:51 AM.
Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:48 AM
Aside -- one of my sites was getting scraped by someone in Guam, so I blocked their IP. Pretty soon they were back at it w/ another IP, so I blocked Guam.... I only had one visitor from Guam, as far as I could tell, but I should probably still see if I can figure out &/or block what they were using, and let Guam back in.
Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:54 AM
Posted 19 August 2010 - 05:50 PM
Though while getting links for 3d party sites with links to your sites, you can use less effortful (greyer) efforts, it's still not very practical, unless you are partnering with a publication in the long run.
Edited by A.N.Onym, 19 August 2010 - 05:51 PM.
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