| 4:23 pm on Mar 19, 2007 (gmt 0)|
imo it may be a good idea to check the actual content of each page where you suspect they are copying your description. Also the url and the title. Is the meta description the only element being copied?
If so, by tweaking your pages more using the other elements I would suggest you will have more success in overtaking them in the serps. Meta description on its own is a small contributor.
Another variable that may not be so obvious is the linking text that is used by those 3rd party sites linking to your competitor. Perhaps your competitor has run a linking campaign that has used similar text-strings to the descriptions.
Lastly, if you are talking to their MD you could bolster your case by demonstrating duplicate content with the premium search Copyscape tool, which allows checking of text snippets.
| 6:44 pm on Mar 19, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Its a dog eat dog world on the net.
That is a typical SEO stratagy undertaken by someone wanting their site higher than yours.
Write a better page than theirs.
welcome to the game...
| 9:44 pm on Mar 19, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Look who's linking to them and get a link too...even try and replace them!
On second thought - Just write better linkbait.
| 9:56 pm on Mar 19, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Competitor steals meta description..
It's not stealing unless it's illegal, but i say,
If you can't beat them join them.
"Steal" their keywords and content optimize that some more and go to ranking war! May the one with the longest breath/reserves win.
I wish you all the best.
Alternatively find some keywords they rank nr1 with and target those.
A side attack, when they're worrying about their lost territory, you'll have an opporunity to regain your lost territory.
Find the best strategy that suits you, be a general.
| 10:07 pm on Mar 19, 2007 (gmt 0)|
>Meta description on its own is a small contributor.
In Raking Yes, but duplicate Descriptions seem to be a big factor in triggering Diplicate Page issues.
I would suggest either tweaking the original descriptions to avoid duplication, or hit them with a DMCA notice, whichever is easier unless a principle is involved.
| 11:57 pm on Mar 19, 2007 (gmt 0)|
This happened to a business I'd done some work for. A C&D from their lawyer put a stop to it, and the person who did the copying became a "former" employee of the other company on whose site the copied material had appeared.
Before you think about copying their stuff in retaliation, consider your own legal situation if the roles were reversed...
| 11:13 am on Mar 20, 2007 (gmt 0)|
Thanks for the advice. I spoke to our competitor who reluctantly agreed to alter their meta tags, albeit slightly.
We'll have to wait and see what result that has.
Will post back when/if anything improves.