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How would you display snippets from outside resources?

     
4:30 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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We have a directory site which lists and recommends sources for answers on technical medical issues. All listings are found and reviewed by us; no outside submissions are allowed. All recommendations point toward gov, edu and professional association websites. Pure commercial websites are very rarely listed.

Each listing displays the title of the recommended web page, with a link, and a snippet (citation) of about 30-50 words of content. A typical directory page is devoted to one major subject with subtopics, and lists 50 to 100 outside informational resources.

The problem we face is that by using snippets we are actually building a page that is almost 100% copied content.

My question is: is there a proper way to display snippets that tells bots we are not just another scraper? We are experimenting with <q> and <blockquote> tags, with and without the cite attribute.

And yes, we got creamed by Panda.
5:03 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



The <blockquote> element was my first thought as I read your question. I'd definitely take that step.
5:19 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

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So a blockquote tells Google that it is not your own content? Is that what its supposed to do? Sheesh... I have used it for typographical purposes once in a while!
10:22 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member crobb305 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member



Is that what its supposed to do? Sheesh... I have used it for typographical purposes once in a while!


I have too. For indenting I believe. I have it all over my site. lol. Maybe I should remove it.
10:55 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)



Interesting. So Tedster you're saying that the <blockquote> will tell basically tell Google that the text you're using is used with permission, and thus reduce the penalty for using widely duplicated content?

Just want to make sure I understand what's being said. I'd never heard that Google paid attention to blockquote at all before.
11:02 pm on Apr 18, 2011 (gmt 0)



That is the only time I use blockquote.
 

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