tedster - 6:08 pm on Aug 27, 2011 (gmt 0)
some examples of Google engineers talking about scraping etc
Here's one thread from Google's Webmaster Forums about "rewritten" or spun content. Google employee Wysz actually goes into one page sentence by sentence and shows the webmaster why Google penalized his entire network of 30+ sites with a -50 penalty:
Wysz: The images are hosted on buzznet.com, which has an article about the same concert...
If you read both articles, while the wording may not be exactly duplicate, there are very strong similarities.
First sentence from your site: "The Prince serenaded Leighton Meester during his concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night (Jan. 18)."
First sentence from Just Jared: "Leighton Meester gets serenaded by the legendary Prince during his sold-out concert at New York Ctiy’s Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night (January 18)."
Note these phrases: "serenaded," "New York City's Madison Square Garden," "Tuesday night (Jan[uary] 18)"
Beyond the first sentence, note the similar order and structure:
1. Leighton was sitting in the front row.
2. Prince invited her to the stage.
3. "I Don't Trust You Anymore" was playing
4. She was smiling and laughing/giggling
5. There were other celebrities there.
6. She’s wearing a cute sweater.
This guy should feel completely outed by Wysz. His answer essentially said "you think you can change a few words around and call that 'original writing'? We don't want that kind of thing on the first page of our results. And your sites did it enough that we penalized the whole batch."