falsepositive - 6:34 am on Feb 26, 2011 (gmt 0)
One thing I noticed about my authority site that's been heavily hit. It's large, with a lot of quality content. I checked the pages that are not ranking. They are either scraped heavily or copied/pasted elsewhere. There is a strong chance that I am thought of as a content farm because of so much copying and duplication, even though I am the original source. So what next? Do I sue the scrapers? Maybe we should, for lost income. Also, I've found my content on article directories as well as on scraper sites. Heck, even eHow stole some of my content and now ranks above me, even as I was cited by CNN on the exact same story. Ironic, eh?
I would strongly urge those of you affected, to see the extent of scraping and duplication done against your content. I will bet this could be the crux of the matter.
I could certainly file for a reconsideration request (if this does not clear in due time) and report all the places I've seen my content used. I'm just terribly surprised that Google does not realize at this point who is the original source of content and who isn't. The robots just aren't fast enough about spidering content now are they, such that they can't tell who wrote up the content first.
So as an example, my content (various pages) is found in articlesbase.com and referenced in eHow in many places.