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Re: Google to change news search algorithm to elevate 'original reporting'
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2019, 10:33:38 PM »
If they can pull it off, this is a good thing.

Remember in 2008-2009, when if you published something, scraper immediately would scrape and republish and Google would often rank the scrapers well. Some you were probably the scrapers :-)

I did some experiments with E-Zine Articles and would publish an article on E-Zine Articles with a relatively unique phrase that I knew I could rank #1 for and then watch it just plummet as the scrapers jumped in. Sometimes from the time it first indexed at #1 until it pushed off the top 10 was all in the span of less than a day. This resulted in the Pubcon showdown between Cutts and.... Calcanis??

Calcanis cried a lot that Google was ruining his business, but the fact is that the content farms and scrapers were making it impossible for me to do research as a historian using the internet. It was so bad before Panda and Penguin updates.

So I find the same thing with the news these days (and God forbid you should try to use Google search to learn about SEO news... that's the worst). So much of it is derivative and it's so hard to find the original, but Google likely knows. These are big media outlets being crawled constantly and commonly with citations in the the derivative articles.