Frost_Angel - 5:37 pm on Nov 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
I just checked - and Bing is not giving me the same issues as Google. If my content has been copied in Bing -- I still rank #1 over the copiers. At least that's comforting.
So it does seem to be a Google issue. Almost as if... once a page on your site is copied so many times it gets worked into your site's "scoring" - (negatively) and you get dinged as no longer being the authority? Maybe that's far-fetched. I *DO NOT* profess to be an expert on anything Google. That's why I'm here. But it does seem to me that it will eventually effect your site's rankings.
Is there nothing to do about scrapers - as far as prevention? I use Wordpress.
Should I no longer have an RSS feed?
I realize there are ways for someone to download your entire site with a click of a button and then slap it up as their own. You just have to be looking for these people - because I can tell you that Copyscape is basically worthless. You *HAVE* to do the copy/paste check method if you want to know what's going on with your content.
I think with all this authorship markup stuff -- there should be another way or better way to tag a site as the original author. It's stupid to ask us for "quality" content and we give it, only to be shoved right out of the picture by thieves. It's like me walking into a museum and claiming that I painted the Mona Lisa? It's JUST as ridiculous.
This is where I don't understand all this praise for Google engineers and their "smart" algos - it's a bunch of blah blah and pretty worthless if they can't even figure out how to give an original author credit? It seems so basic - almost elementary.