munkiestyle - 11:52 am on Aug 4, 2010 (gmt 0)
Hi everyone. I've been watching long enough, I thought I'd better join in!
As regards to the matter of Google identifying the original source. One thing I've noticed recently is that newer pages from other sites which steal my content (or other peoples) almost word for word are ranking irritatingly highly in the SERPS now.
I'm not talking about recent pages either. I might have written a page 4 or 5 years ago and it'll rank pretty well for its keywords. Then a spam.blogspot or wordpress site comes along and steals that page and within a few weeks it's sitting in the results near my site! It's not like the two pages were created around the same time or there is anything new to add to the page.
I wonder if Google's desire to return the latest news and results - although in theory a good idea - has favored young spammy pages over older original content?
I have no problem in loosing in the SERPS to a quality competitor. But I'm sick of getting shot down by spam sites which are a few months old and reproducing my content in poor English.
PS. Although my site was affected by Mayday it wasn't a drastic drop, and for the last 30 days I've seen a slow but steady return in traffic. I get about 10k uniques a day so have a reasonable understanding about traffic trends.