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9:22 pm on Jan 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

I have created around 20,000 automated pages with sports results stemming from original data that I have collected through the years which I had put into a database.

Please note, it is not an e-commerce site, no products are displayed there, just ads, the site is high in SERP and has authority (PR 5-6).

Question:
Would you add the rel=author to so many pages or does that look spammy?
(I did create those pages, but I assume the tag is more for articles, isn't it?)
11:02 am on Feb 1, 2013 (gmt 0)

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I would be more concerned about the quality of the content than whether or not the author tag is included.

It's not at all uncommon for sites to include a site-wide author, so I don't think the volume is too much of a concern. But if you assume Google wants to judge authors based on the quality of their work, you may be right to have concerns about "claiming" 20k automated pages.
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Thanks, Andy. Good point.

Site is 10 years old and in good health (no tricks, no Panda hit, etc.).

I think it is good and unique content (personal comments on every game by editors and visitors), so my concern is whether it might be considered Spam in the future.

I tend not to include the Author Tag but I am really trying to "Brain Storm" pros and cons in this thread.

Let us think ecommerce which is even more extreme: If someone gives his review to 2000 products on his own ecommerce site and places rel=author, does that look spammy?

One problem is that you cannot rel=author html elements yet, just entire pages.
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One problem is that you cannot rel=author html elements yet, just entire pages.

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