suggy - 11:23 am on Jun 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
Nippi, we write all unique content for our website (and pretty much in the same style as you). We still got pandalized big time!
My concern is that quite a lot of this content has been scraped over the years. It's mainly done in parts (so a stolen paragraph from our page is blended with others to make nonsense!).
When I do a search for those stolen phrases, the theif ranks above us in google's results. For our unpandalized competitors, they rank ahead of their scrapers/ copycats. Why?
I checked the headers of the top ten results and noticed we're the only ones returning last modified date. This is refreshed every time the database is updated (for prices,etc). So even old pages, look modified recently.
Then I noticed my nemsis scraper's pages have older last modified dates. Did we inadvertently make them the original in Google's eyes?
Anyone with a similar problem found the same scenario?