Like some other reports here, our traffic has dropped tremendously in the last month. In trying to troubleshoot why, I decided to look to see whether more of our content was being stolen. (A recurring problem for our site.)
So, I searched for the phrase "by author name" not only for my own name, but also for other authors (staff writers and paid freelancers) who write for our site. Their articles on our site did not show up in the first page or two of search.
Then I tried searching for a couple of sentences of text copied from articles on the site. (That, too, used to always show our page in search.) Again, nothing showed up.
Is Google no longer showing results when you search for author's names or for text in an article? Or are we being penalized?
Has anyone tested their own sites?