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Dealing with some spun content on my site

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Simas9, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. Simas9

    Simas9 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Hey all,
    so I am a part of one the article syndication networks - my website has a specific page where other users from the network post spun content to get backlinks. I have about 800 such "pages" on my site. I think that caused me the great loss of the rankings on 09/28 so I want to find a solution for that spun content on my site.

    I am thinking of adding a "Disallow: /spunarticlesdir/" line into my robots.txt file... but I am not sure if it`s the smartest choice. If I deleted all the spun articles I would lose about 2k indexed backlinks to my site so I think that is not an option.

    Any comments or help would be highly appreciated!
     
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  2. madoctopus

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    I don't understand well. So you have mysite.com and they post spun content on mysite.com and get links from those posts to their sites? AND, at the same time they build links (those 2k backlinks you talk about) to their posts to increase the juice they get?

    Tell me more about the loss of rankings. What traffic you had, how much you have now? Is all content you get from the network related to your site and about the same broad topic or you basically end up with a site about various topics? Even better send me the URL of the site by PM so i check it out.
     
  3. humvee9

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    I've had similar situation as yours, just to keep my mindset clear and focussed.
    I "Deleted" all my spun posts. But its upto you
     
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    So basically what happens is maybe that content got spun so much that is not unique enough anymore. Or, maybe Google flagged your site (less likely).

    I couldn't figure out a reason, more like guesses.

    You could disallow that folder or do 301 redirect for all URLs towards the homepage or other posts so you don't loose the incoming link juice to them. You could do that temporary and see if things improve.

    Basically I don't really have a solution for you. Good luck!
     
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    In reply to your PM

    I already replied a few days ago. Why your traffic dropped is a question I can not answer, only guess the answers for. I recommended that you remove the content and do 301 redirect from all those URLs towards your homepage or other pages so you don't loose the link juice. First of all however look in your traffic stats and see how much traffic those articles bring you. If you still get a good amount of traffic from those and the other pages on your site don't bring much traffic then it would be the obvious choice to keep them. So if you have 800 network posts and 100 posts made by you, if the 800 posts bring in more traffic than the network posts and that traffic decreased because of the network posts, then it is obvious you have to eliminate the network posts to recover the traffic from your own posts. If you only get tiny traffic from your own and a lot from network posts then just keep them as they are and I have no solution for recovery. Basically you have to decide if having those posts from the network gives you a advantage over not having them.

    What kind of traffic were you getting before in total and how much from the network posts?
    What kind of traffic you get now and how much from the network posts?

    You don't always have a solution when confronted with such a situation and if there's nothing you can do, then the best is to just move on.
     
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    The traffic from the posts is crap cause those articles are unrelated to the niche the website is in.
    I removed the whole /articles/ directory from the index and disallowed spider to crawl it again now I am waiting to see what happens...

    Thanks for your time and help!