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Autoblogs-Complaints From Article Authors

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by blacktrilby, Mar 30, 2011.

  1. blacktrilby

    blacktrilby Power Member

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    I am running a few autoblogs with wprobot and have stripped all the links from the scraped articles.
    I have had a couple of threatening emails from the authors of these articles and one contacted my host.
    What are the implications of this?
    Also will my rankings fall if I attribute the authors etc
    TIA
    BT
     
  2. AlphaTwin

    AlphaTwin Registered Member

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    Depending on where you are hosting your autoblogs, the host might suspend your account. This can be solved by hosting them a place, where they don't care about copyright. Offshore hosting accounts in for example Russia, preferably a dedicated server, would make sure your content stays hosted no matter how many complaints you get.

    It is possible to link to other websites without loosing pagerank:

    NoFollow
    Code:
    <a href="http://www.THEIR-SITE.com" rel="nofollow">Read More</a>
    By using NoFollow you are telling Google to ignore the link. As far as I know, this does not drain any of your pagerank.

    Javascript
    Code:
    <script src="directory/linkmethod.js" type="text/javascript" />
    <a href="javascript:link('link1')">Read More</a>
    Make sure that google can't look in "directory" (with the help of robots.txt and maybe .htaccess) - this way, Google won't be able to see the links at all.

    Form Action
    Code:
    <form name="linkform" action="http://www.THEIR-SITE.com" target="_blank"> 
    <a href="javascript:document.linkform.submit()">Read More</a>
    </form>
    I have heard that Google doesn't leak PageRank to form actions either. To be on the safe side, you might however want to fusion this with the Javascript technique.
     
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  3. roberteb

    roberteb Regular Member

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    I may be wrong but I thought the nofollow only stops PR / Authority passing to the the site your linking to. You still lose the PR but the other site doesn't receive it.
     
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    autoblogged Registered Member

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    That's right, so there's no point in making the links nofollow for seo purposes. I say you just give them full credit for the articles, give them a folllowed link to their site, if people complain tell them you'll remove their content and exclude them in the future, etc.

    Playing nice will go much farther than any SEO efforts you make. A DMCA takedown from your host or a spam complaint that results in being removed from Google are much more damaging.
     
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  5. blacktrilby

    blacktrilby Power Member

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    Thanks guys nice posts.

    I am more worried about getting my Adsense banned than anything else.
    These people are pi**ed because I am ranking higher for their articles than the article sites they submitted to.
     
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    coderjeff Junior Member

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    I believe Google expects to see a certain number of outgoing links. A site that only has incoming links and no outgoing links is going to look unnatural. Same thing with a site where all of your links are nofollow. You'll end out worse off if Google thinks you aren't sharing any of your PR but trying to keep it all for yourself. Google looks for ratios that aren't normal. High PR sites tend to have a lot of outgoing links. In most cases if you remove links you'll end out with lower ranking than if you left them in. It doesn't hurt to have quite a few nofollow links, they are normal on sites that allow user comments, but don't go overboard and make every link nofollow.
     
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    autoblogged Registered Member

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    Well yeah, but wouldn't you be? Many bloggers are used to having their content scraped and at least tolerate those who link back, but beginners are always shocked when they see their content show up on another site.

    That's why you need to be as accommodating as possible, they can do some real damage to your site and even get your adsense account banned. Make sure you put a disclaimer somewhere that it is an autoblog and even provide a contact form so people can contact you to have their stuff removed. That's why my own autoblogs have been up and running for several years without complaints and rank quite well.

    The pagerank of your individual posts really isn't that critical, because those will never have much PR anyway. We even just added a feature in AutoBlogged where you can choose to use the new syndication-source header to tell the search engines where you got the article from. AutoBlogged can also be set to respect robots meta tags so people can specifically specify they don't want to be autoblogged by adding a page header.

    This all probably sounds counter intuitive to everyone here, but the battle isn't for pagerank and traffic, that always comes over time, the battle is trying not to get banned.

    I have had autoblogs that have ranked higher than even CNN and The Washington Post for their own content, but guess what, those domain names are completely delisted from google now and one of them got my adsense account banned. But I have some really lame domains out there that have been around forever and make me $30-$50/month alone just from selling links. No ads on the sites at all.
     
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  8. roberteb

    roberteb Regular Member

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    I agree. Not only are you less likely to get slapped around but it makes your link profile more natural. I've always left outbound links in and as long as you send them some love they rank just fine.
     
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    They have every right to do. Stop scraping their content and delete those from your site immediately. No follow- yes follow-no please do follow do not work here in this case!!!