londrum - 9:31 pm on Jan 24, 2011 (gmt 0)
even if we webmasters know that material is obviously scrapped and copied from somewhere else, so what? it's still useful to someone. google isn't going to risk alienating millions of people who visit these sites daily just because they are regurgitating material.
half the stuff on TV is repeats. "100 best comedy clips", "100 worst comedy clips", its all scrapped from somewhere else. but as long as people keep watching it they will keep putting it on. because its all about getting and keeping the audience. its the same with the web. google needs to keep its audience.
the normal everyday person on the street doesn't know that these sites get their stuff from somewhere else. all they know is that it's still working okay, but no longer in google, so they blame google.
this move might be popular with webmasters, but if google wants to keep its audience then it needs to serve up the sites that people actually use, regardless of where they get their stuff.
after all, how many ways are there to describe a news story in 2 lines? or give the info for an upcoming event? if google wants every site to use different words then they are deluding themselves.
google don't even do that... just look at google news, or google places... the text is taken from other places. it's an automated mash-up. if anyone else created google places then it would be called a content farm.
i reckon google might be fiddling with the algo a bit, but it's really just another thing they are chucking out there because they know that webmasters hang on every word they say. they want us to do our bit in helping them to improve their serps.
we've seen it before, loads of times...
...we are having trouble telling the difference between normal links and paid links... i know... let's tell webmasters that from now on paid links give them a penalty. then they will all stop doing it. CHECK!
...our spidering costs, and storage costs are spiralling... i know... lets tell webmasters that page speed is now a factor in the algo. then they will all reduce their page weight. CHECK!
...we are having trouble filtering spam from the index... i know... lets tell webmasters that syndicated text and scraping text and using RSS feeds is now a bigger factor too. then they will all stop doing it. CHECK!