News publishers and readers both benefit when journalists get proper credit for their work. That can be difficult, with news spreading so quickly and many websites syndicating articles to others. That’s why we’re experimenting with two new metatags for Google News: syndication-source and original-source. Each of these metatags addresses a different scenario, but for both the aim is to allow publishers to take credit for their work and give credit to other journalists.
Msg#: 4231130 posted 1:43 am on Nov 17, 2010 (gmt 0)
good idea to tell news publishers to accept that they are syndicating lot of content. Sources like FoxNews, and many other which are using lot of content from news agencies, may see decline in ranking over time.
Msg#: 4231130 posted 3:27 pm on Nov 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
I wonder if these tags will be a requirement to get into Google News once they are done testing them in the wild. If citing sources could potentially decrease ranking, I don't see why any site would adopt it. It'll be interesting to see if these pass credit to a site like a link does.
Msg#: 4231130 posted 3:48 pm on Nov 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
sounds like it is too open for abuse. what if a content scraper steals content from ignorant webmasters and uses these new meta tags. since the real author is ignorant about seo and didnt use the new tags do they automatically lose to the scraper site who is smart enough to use the tags?
Msg#: 4231130 posted 4:16 pm on Nov 18, 2010 (gmt 0)
I'd agree with the abuse potential if this were part of the organic ranking algo - but it's confined just to Google News sites. That is a controlled, small set of all sites. Any site needs to apply and be accepted first and abusers can be dropped once they are identified.