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" Strange, my main travel site is hijacked by a religious site.
The religiuous site is an old site from 1998, no pagerank and powered by Jesus Christ
according their logo.:) They copied the whole bible and my site."
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So not even religious tutnams and scripture stop a dedicated scraper.
This is another reason to put in solid full [wwwyoursite...] links onto your pages.
THEN when some whacko rips content, chances are your link goes with it.
I had to laugh really. I doubt the Holy Book has many URLs.
That leaves your link(s) as the easiest and most likely way to exit this rather unbecoming site.
I would bet there are a hundred here would would like to know those formulae.
Yeh, on their homepage you see heavens gate which you have to click on to enter and my content provides the exit of this paradise. I wonder what they have in mind. From their ten commendments to a nice hotel of mine in Paris. This can't be the opposite of heaven.
I found a GoogleGuy post talking about the &filter=0, duplicate contents and more, which might be of interest.
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msg #:38 4:35 pm on June 17, 2003 (utc 0)
the "&filter=0" just shows all pages, even pages that appear to be duplicates. Normally if there are pages that appear to be duplicates, we try to pick the best one to show (but no heuristic can be perfect--it's like having two people claiming to own the same essay).
If you're seeing one of your own pages listed as a duplicate (e.g. domain.com/index.html shows up instead of www.domain.com/index.html), I wouldn't worry very much. That page should still appear in searches, and probably we can make it into the canonical version over time.
If someone else has copied your page, then you should try to solve the issue with them. In the worst case, you could escalate it to assert your ownership of your page.
This is not really a Google issue, other than the fact that "&filter=0" might allow you to find someone who copied your page. Even if we removed the other person's page (which we wouldn't do without a correct DMCA request, because we can't tell who really owns the page), you could still have the same problem with the other person's page showing up in other search engines.
So: Google tries to be the best reflection of the web that we can, but if someone has copied your page, that's a copyright issue, and not a spam issue. I encourage you to work with the other person to resolve the issue, because even if you did a DMCA request with Google, you'd still have to worry about those pages showing up on other search engines.
so for some terms you might be lost..on other terms you are a few spots below where you were before...add the filter=0 and back to your normal spot you go
could still be a duplicate penalty applied across the domain itself...pages deemed too similar to a threshold number of other pages get chopped...
because i still see examples where some pages are affected and they all share the same template..and then on the same site other pages retain ranking but they have a different template....
The idea that duplicate content is just a "copyrite issue" and just "take it up between yourselves and leave us out of it" argument would be fine if Google did not take the proactive step to decide which is real and which is not.
In other words if they can't do a decent job of making that choice why not just leave it all in there and have complete (and in most cases better) SERPs.
>>Google Guy's ancient comment is obsolete so should not be mentioned here.<<
Not exactly. When it comes to duplicate contents issue, I guess GG hasnīt changed his mind much, not yet ;-)
Take a look at his reply (msg #:30) to buckworks:
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msg #:12 8:43 am on June 2, 2005 (utc 0)
How can we keep our original articles ranking higher than stolen copies of our content? (which are sometimes impossible to get taken down)
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msg #:30 9:03 am on June 2, 2005 (utc 0)
buckworks, report 'em via the spam report form if the sites are doing wholesale duplication in a spammy way. If it's your content, a properly-formed DMCA complaint is the correct way to assert your copyright: [google.com...]
But whenever possible, I recommend going to the site that's copying your content first and trying to solve it at the source. Even if you file a DMCA complaint to Google, other search engines may find the copies as well.
Finally, if the site seems scuzzy/scraperly to you, use google.com/support/ to report it in addition to using the spam report form.
This is effecting pages that have no copies at all, and is domain wide, so Google Guy's old comments are not on the point here.
(Not even mentioning this is primarily effecting top/original listings that should never be filtered by any criteria like age, pagerank or whatever.)
I see several sites in various categories where only a few important rankings were lost: Small percentages of pages from these sites have come under sniper fire ... with no signs of dup as the culprit in these cases.
But these sites all have another issue in common, and it's related to links/kw's. ;-)
Deep, minor pages are lost for obscure searches that they easily rank first for. The pages themselves only have three or four links to them, and the search terms are not in the links at all.
Multiple things can be going on of course, but the &filter=0 phenomenon is not hitched to links or keywords or anything like that, and is not even totally consistent as some small number of pages rank normally and some pages have only dropped a bit while others dropped like Bush's poll numbers.
We have been wiped out after 5 previously successful years - the siege strategy is obviously working on everyone. 30 people are now out of work - mainly jounalists I employed - and I personally, along with the business, now facing possible bankruptcy. 5 years of our content has been stolen from us as we too tried to "clean up" our sites by changing URL's and taking OUR content and putting them on the sites - its only now how these ramifications are hurting us - I cannot believe how much of our content has been STOLEN - remember what was good for Google 3 years ago was the best information available at that time - the sites we worked away at tirelessly to make the Internet a better place - well that was what I thought we were doing. We also started linking our sites heavily after trying hard not to - but Google did not respond very quickly (I HOPE THEY DONT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE HERE) - to stay alive in this business we were forced to start linking cautiously as possible to remain in the SERPS.
Google needs to act if it wishes to keep its good name. The only thing that would hurt them would be bad publicity which could be perceived by the general population as unfair they hate seeing the small guy being wiped out by a giant - something I think a lot of us maybe now seriously considering.
My suggestion to Google is to have a list of instructions where we can prove the sites worth and the content ownership along with the history. Or something similar whereby the SPAM remains out but the innocent get included. Just our sites alone have made Google over 5 million dollars via Adsense - so it works both ways - Google dont cut the hands that have fed you when you were not so strong - you may very well regret it in the future.
Like the people stuck in the Superdome - we, the webmasters who have stuck with you for the last 6 years are crying for HELP - please dont just CONTINUE to ignore us.
We have been wiped out after 5 previously successful years - the siege strategy is obviously working on everyone. 30 people are now out of work - mainly jounalists I employed - and I personally, along with the business, now facing possible bankruptcy.
This may sound heartless (although I certainly don't mean it to be), but perhaps you should look upon this as "one to grow on" and re-develop your business strategy so that it does not depend upon a traffic source over which you have no control what so ever.
I've learned the hard way that google (and every engine for that matter) has simply lost it's way in an effort to combat the overwhelming numbers of spammers/scammer/thieves, and blackhat innvovations, and has unfortunately been forced to throw the "baby out with the bath water" with the last 2 years or so of algo "refinements".
Building our site's brand(s)(and community "stickiness") has been a long haul, but has enabled us to look upon any free traffic thrown our way from google as icing on the cake, as opposed to a "make or break" proposition.
[edited by: WebFusion at 2:46 am (utc) on Sep. 25, 2005]
Is hard I know, but keep cool, your site looks good, dont will be penalized for a long time, ask for adsense team to forward your message techs to check.
5 years of our content has been stolen from us as we too tried to "clean up" our sites by changing URL's and taking OUR content and putting them on the sites
My english dont is very good, you changed your URLs to "clean up" your site? If yes, this is a really bad thing to do.
My site went from being # 1 for a very popular search term to #30. I really do believe that patience is the key with google in situations like this. I really don't think that google is out to hurt innocent law abiding webmasters. They are certainly aware of the unscrupulous copy-cat websites that exists.
There is nothing you can do to protect yourself against copycat websites. Google knows this, and if your content it unique, they will recognize this. I recommend that you do not touch your site in anyway. Just relax and everything will be ok.
My suggestion to Google is to have a list of instructions where we can prove the sites worth and the content ownership along with the history
Google listen to this suggestion! It's absurd that great sites are crushed simply because there is no quality review mechanism that is open to webmasters - rather it's a closed system where white hat sites are wasting money and time guessing at "what did we do wrong?", SEOs are scamming people more than ever, and the results are failing miserably in many sectors.
Working with webmasters to explain how to keep away from filters and penalties will, on balance, help the internet more than the secret society approach now in place where information flow is severely restricted and webmasters are left in the dark when site rankings are hammered.
The only problem with relaxing and waiting is that you are assuming that only Google can act and nothing you do can have an impact.
If the problem is duplicate content issues you have to locate the cause(s) and take action.
When you are trying to add content and features and you have a small operation people wise you don't need the added work of figuring out what happened and "fixing" what you can.
caveman is correct about multiple things happening, some of them have nothing to do with any changes that Google does.
There is no defense for some of the things that take place.
steveb has clearly outlined a duplicate content issue that seems to be taking out a lot of sites' pages.
There's another thing going on too. This other thing does not involve inflated pages, and it is not a dup content filter revealed by adding &filter=0. It is dropping certain pages from the SERP's for certain kw phrases only, while retaining the same pages' rankings for other kw phrases. So a given homepage or subpage previously ranking for 'kw1 kw2' and 'kw1 kw3' may now be ranking only for 'kw1 kw2'. Nowhere for 'kw1 kw3.' Or maybe no important kw phrases now.
It may happen to many pages of a site, or just some. It is not related to the dup content being discussed (though prior to investigation it may appear to be the same thing).
I am guessing that it is related to links and kw's, and it goes beyond the way a given query relates to the page that was dropped for that query. ;-)
>>reseller, please stop derailing the thread with tangents.<<
Iīm not derailing anything. Just have different point of views on whatīs happening. And your guess and suggestions are as good as mine ;-)
We both trying in good faith to analyze the situation and figure out what the he*l is going on. I said since the beginning (already on 22nd September) that its an update, while you described it as data blunders. Maybe whats happening is a mixture of both ;-)
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msg #:600 5:47 am on Sept 22, 2005 (utc 0)
Good morning Folks
Wish you all a happy Update Brett
"Win this one for the Gipper" ;-)
I give it 5 stars *****
As to this morning, the following DCs (which I had already posted yesterday) are still of much interest:
Please donīt panic if you canīt find your site within the said DCs. We are still at the early stages of a possible update ;-)
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msg #:587 7:45 pm on Sept 21, 2005 (utc 0)
Some cataclysmic changes on 184.108.40.206 and some other datacenters. Lots of pages lost. Maybe it'll pass, but looks like one of Google's huge data blunders is underway.
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you are not the only victim of these Google search thugs, who do not care at all about quality content or publishers.
For several keywords our site had been on 1 or two and still we are offering the by far richest and most valuable up-to-date content.
Various complaints had been sent to Google support, but they still perfer to put fully outdated and exotic language content on page 1 whilst our stuff has become unavailable at Google.
We now recommend Yahoo search and started to prepare a new directory for quality publishers, to give users a chance to find all them good pages, that thugs at Google are cutting out for whatever reasons.
Google Search has become to arrogant and they will get punished for that sooner or later.
Hope, that yahoo will learn from that ...
Since then, SERP of 50% of them is different from the others, yesterday 11 of them are similar to 216.239.37, now 14 of them. I think, the SERP of 216.239.37 will be the final SERP of all DCs and of google.com as well.