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rewriting their entire content
Google says there is almost nothing one can do to harm your ranks.
[edited by: tedster at 3:39 am (utc) on Apr 2, 2010]
I just don't get why Google can't say first-come, first served.
as a rule, Google seems to focus on getting the information to their search user - and the original owner attribution has long taken a back seat. If a more prominent site reprints your content, they often can push your site out of the top positions.
If a 'small' site publishes a copyrighted work and another 'larger' site publishes the same material later and is displayed rather than the originator
1. I am asked to review a site, that in spite of being an authority in its space, ranks very low, while ranks in Yahoo/Bing consistently in the first page for majority of keywords.
What can you do if other sites rank in front of yours? I'm experiencing this ever since the traffic drop on June 2, some scraper sites outrank my content, sometimes my content is not even in the SERPS, only scraper content.
It is usually easiest to rewrite your stuff and it gives your site some fresh content points anyway.
Google seems to focus on getting the information to their search user - and the original owner attribution has long taken a back seat.
Jane thanks for the answer, any idea on how to investigate the issue further? Do you think that this is a temporary thing or permanent until I find the problem and make a reconsideration request?
Jane - This point raises a question which I've seen asked often enough that I'll throw it out here for discussion... and that is, if you rewrite your material sufficiently, is there a chance that Google may reset the age factor on your inbound links, if not the link credits themselves?
One way in which Google could check content age is using Alexa's Way back Machine data.
are you throwing away any claim to historical originality