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 - 10:51 AM
Block robots looking at RSS? is that possible?
Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:14 AM
Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:20 AM
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 - 11:37 AM
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 - 11:58 AM
Posted 19 August 2010 - 12:05 PM
Edited by A.N.Onym, 19 August 2010 - 12:17 PM.
Posted 19 August 2010 - 12:25 PM
Posted 19 August 2010 - 12:34 PM
Posted 19 August 2010 - 12:42 PM
If their content becomes meaningless drivel after the re-write, but still contains all those links to my site, maybe I should do some SEO for them......
Posted 19 August 2010 - 01:08 PM
Go sit in the corner and hit your head against the wall.
THAT is how good an idea that is. :pieinface: :rofl:
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.
Posted 19 August 2010 - 06:06 PM
Posted 20 August 2010 - 10:16 AM
Posted 20 August 2010 - 10:53 AM
Posted 20 August 2010 - 02:57 PM
You might also consider changing the char-set. Maybe that will confound and confusticate the scrapers. The search engines and Web browsers can handle many char-sets that look fine in the English language (well, more than one).
Posted 20 August 2010 - 03:10 PM
I publish my article, then a bit later I see a pingback where they have linked to one of the pages that is linked in my article (all articles now have a healthy number of internal links)
Posted 20 August 2010 - 09:46 PM
Posted 21 August 2010 - 05:30 AM
WordPress Cloaker is a WordPress Plugin which allows you to Cloak and Redirect WordPress Posts and Pages to any Site, Post, Page, Category that you want to from a Search Engine query. For example, if you have an Auto Blog that has 1000 Posts, yet only 5 of those posts are productive, you can use keywords to drive all of those other 995 Post’s Search Engine traffic to the 5 posts you want the traffic to go to based solely on keywords that you identify. You can also Fake the referrer if you are redirecting to an Affiliate Landing page that is not located on your WordPress blog.
You might say, man, this sounds pretty shady Mike? Is this Legal? It is definitely Lega, but it probably goes against the terms of service of most affiliate programs.
Posted 21 August 2010 - 07:56 AM
I must admit, I have seen this in action before. After my last website shakeup I saw a lot of copies of my content in the SERPs. When I reviewed these a few weeks later there were redirects set up.
Person copies the content
Gets it ranked for a while
Redirects it to their affiliate page
They probably do this all the time, cycling content that is copied etc.
Posted 24 August 2010 - 07:41 PM
Why I love web scrapers
Most web scrapers are stupid. They search for keywords and leave whatever links they find in posts in place. You should use this as an advantage by linking to yourself with high value focused keyword anchor text in every post.
As long as you offset these low value links with high quality links this works to your advantage. Always insert links back to the original website and/or original page.
Further, change the anchor text, link and surrounding text of links inserted after your content (i.e. from something like Yoast’s RSS footer plugin) every 3-4 months so you’re getting different links to different parts of the website.
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