walkman - 4:41 pm on Apr 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
I think Lieberman here is barking the wrong tree, with duplicate content (descriptions from manufacturer) his business has been getting revenues that he was not deserving to get. So the right answer here is - tough luck, where's YOUR business plant? Did you plan to depend on manufacturer's descriptions and free traffic from G forever?
Lets blame Google here, right happy! not the lack of business oversight, with 17 employeeshe should've been thinking about original content from the get-go. Instead of he chose to roll in dough. Probably is driving 600 Mercedes with that IMHO undeserved money.
So only one store sells Nike Air XVII2015 ? What are they going to do, call them Adidas Air not to get banned by Google? This duplicate thing matters only because Google said it matters. There is shipping, service, location etc etc that matter too.
He got traffic because he offered that item for sale, has a warehouse and 17 people waiting for the orders.
This is done by Google on purpose. There a Matt Cutts interview on Forbes saying that they will seek to send more traffic to sites that are larger /spend more money or something like that. Essentially Google is aiming to kill the small site and Walmartize the web.
If 10,000 sellers are using the exact same content as the manufacturer, in Google's eyes, why should ANY of the 10,000 sellers receive any type of "benefit" from just copying the manufacturer's content. The user can get the same information from the manufacturer's site. The sellers who make their own product descriptions are adding value (or they are at least making an effort to add value).
Fine, send them all to Walmart.com and the web will react. As I mentioned above there's other criteria to consider (price for one), paying a dozen Indians to write about furniture they never saw or used is designing for Google and makes the web a poor experience.
Duplicate content is part of language, even outside of the web. That's the reason we have fads, and idioms. Using duplicate content as a "quality" measure is irrational.
Exactly, have one of the Googlebots here describe the 2010 Audi A8. Should Google ban all but the largest car dealer and have people from Michigan go to Texas or CA to buy the cars?