• Larry Kim

    danny – did you see this? https://twitter.com/danbarker/status/439125570115223552 so funny…

  • Colin Guidi

    haha, true. I wonder if domains will start to use this feature for when the answer cards show up with their content. Also wonder if Google would even recognize the requests at that point (however you can deduce the answer…).

  • http://davidboozer.com/ David Boozer

    Thanks Danny for the info! Recently I had 4 pieces scraped off my site and then they had the nerve to link to me….dummies. BTW! I bought your SEO book a while back, LOVE IT!

  • dancave

    What do they mean by scraped? partially scraped? 100% scraped? scraped and mixed with other content of similar of different types? What about price comparison sites that find the cheapest prices and spit out that content… and rank?

    Some guidelines would be good to see.

  • Jordan McClements

    I hope millions of people report Google image search for scraping their sites!

  • Christine

    Why Google is getting this much manual with time, looks like they ll turn off the algorithm one day and rank the top SERPS results manually….

  • http://www.keshkesh.com/ Takeshi Young

    “A website that copies all of its content from other websites using web scraping… to collect advertising revenue”


  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Yep, I’ve seen several people make that joke, including right here in the comments earlier :)

  • http://searchengineland.com/ Danny Sullivan

    Well, I don’t have an SEO book, but I’m glad whatever one you got was helpful :)

  • http://internetmarketingremarks.com Randy PIckard

    If scraper reporting is as productive as spam reporting, doing so is pretty much a waste of time. It may help Google enhance their algorithm by providing more data/examples to work with, but it is not going to help you get on top of the scraper that is outranking you

  • http://www.clickfire.com/ Emory Rowland

    Okay, so my site that was getting beat by scrapers is now itself gone. It’s all bathwater to Google, no baby :(

  • http://www.cacracker.in/ Noor Punasiya

    Its awesome thing done by Google baba.

  • Sweta Srivastava

    Hahahaha..Lol :P

  • Sweta Srivastava

    This update is really gonna help a lot

  • http://listice.com Shailesh Jangra

    Someone is going to fire a complaint if you are a content spinner or copier..Be aware!!!

  • Ashutosh R

    Jokes apart I am hoping this option might help some good webmasters that are getting messed up by few idiot webmasters who are expert in pulling a good website ranking down by just employing copy content scheme. Good luck to genuine SEO & SEO community!

  • http://www.squirrly.co/ Alexandra Petean-Nicola

    It seams interesting but I am curious about what they will do after they receive the forms. I mean going at it one site at a time doesn’t seam as a plausible solution.

  • dancave

    I’d imagine that they will use the data they collect to train an AI algorithm which they can use to spot issues at the Index level.

  • Andrew

    I think it’s exactly this – “Google’s using it as a way just to harvest examples in order to improve its ranking system, so that original content shows up first.”

  • Aslen

    rather than this tool Google have to be make first content submission tool in which the article submitted first has to given priority of origional content, suppose someone will take my content after published of 5 minute (it has not crawled and indexed by Google till that) and they will published those content with back date & their content will crawled or indexed first then how will I prove those content are mine???

  • http://jfbmarketing.blogspot.com/ JFB MARKETING

    Thank you for noticing this issue, has been going on for a long time now!!

  • manish

    “Google’s using it as a way just to harvest examples in order to improve
    its ranking system, so that original content shows up first.”

  • bradpalmersc

    Wish this would work for duplicate content in general. Seems you need to know the source / be the author. This drives me nuts: https://www.dropbox.com/s/hj0p6tkp8armzff/Screenshot%202014-03-02%2007.53.11.png What can be done?

  • http://phill.co/ Phil Ohren

    Is this one step before a ‘content curation’ crack down? If you think about it, Buzz Feed is making millions out of other peoples content.

    Tat aside, its a interesting initiative.

  • Muzira

    So, what happens to re-blogging?

  • http://kercommunications.com/ Nick Ker

    DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) notifications are the way to go. You can send directly to the site’s webmaster if you can get the contact info. If not, send to their hosting company which is much easier to get to. Hosts are much more likely to take action than the webmasters who often don’t realize that your content is not there to make their life easier.
    And if all else fails, Google has a DMCA reporting form which won’t take the pages/sites offline completely, but will get them out of the SERPs pretty quickly if your site was clearly the first.

    Read up on DMCA before doing any of that though. If you really are not the original publisher, you can get yourself in a lot of expensive trouble.

  • bradpalmersc

    Nick, thanks. My problem is, I’m not the author. These are actually competitors, and not my content. However, trying to rank against such keyword and rich text is hard enough, but it is mass distributed by the page’s webmaster (all via the same company), appearing on all sites as their respective authors. DMCA still work in that case or are there other options for reporting duplicate content to Google?

  • http://kercommunications.com/ Nick Ker

    It occurred to me after I commented that you probably meant that you were not the original author. So, DMCA won’t work for that.
    I have seen similar crap in other niches and it does suck when it seems like it is working.
    You could try a webspam report against some or all of those articles that look like they were sold as some kind of “internet marketing for dentists” package. Maybe include the URLs of the others in the webspam report for each. I is probably safe to assume that some of those pages are already flagged as duplicate. But then again, I have too much faith in Google’s ability to catch spam sometimes.

  • bradpalmersc

    Thanks Nick. I submitted as you suggested. Will post an update if I get any response or notice a change.