falsepositive - 11:11 pm on Feb 26, 2011 (gmt 0)
Would it be worthwhile to think from the point of view of the big G. They are trying to hit content farms. What are content farms? Some characteristics:
- large site
- authoritative site
- high PR
- established, maybe old site (e.g. ezinearticles)
- huge link profile for domain (high variety)
- a lot of syndication (ezine and all the other sites encourage this)
When i think about it, my site has the same profile as these so-called content farms, EXCEPT I DO NOT explicitly allow syndication. I have a copyright on my site, but scrapers scrape away anyway. It's possible that over a thousand of my pages have been copied 90% or more by scrapers.
And yes, that would be my bad, for having an RSS feed that allowed for full page view.
Could G think of me as a content farm? By these standards, yes. I got caught in their net. The question is, how do I distinguish myself from ezine, ehow, etc? A lot of "expert" content may be respun precisely because this is top quality content. But somehow you are mistaken to be a content farm.
Recourse here is to settle on other factors to see if you are a quality site vs content site, as Caribguy suggests. OR complain to G about getting reinstated.
Should we wait for all of this to blow over? I wonder how long they'll figure out which is the content farm vs the quality established authority site that is innocent!