I’m sure all bloggers here are aware of Google panda effect and those who have suffered from Panda should read How to recover from Google panda effect. So I have been working hard to make sure that we recover the lost traffic after panda effect as soon as possible.
While working on SEO of my blogs, I realized that many blogs which are using auto RSS method to copy content and publishing it are ranking higher in search engine. This problem is not with my blogs but also with major blogs including Google engineer Matt Cutt blog.
This is one serious issue and probably shows why Google panda is not very effective. Google panda update is suppose to remove all low quality content and such auto RSS blogs from search engine. Though one thing is for sure, this panda effect works on domain side and not on individual posts.
Here is a screenshot in which I have searched for a sentence from my blog post on CallingAllGeeks in Google and I don’t see CallingAllGeeks listed anywhere and I can see lots of other blogs who have copied posts directly:
How to outsmart content copier and get back lost Ranking?
In this process, we will be taking care of lots of things including reporting it to Google, getting free backlinks and also make sure that for future posts these websites will not rank more than your blog.
Remove content from Web search or Complete delete it:
This is lengthy but most profitable and working method. Report all such blog posts which have copied posts from your blog to Google. Google will review your request and within couple of days or week, those blogs will be removed from Google web index.
Here is the link where you can report such copied posts. For BlogSpot blog copying your content, you can again report using the same link. One advantage of reporting such BlogSpot blog is, Google either delete the post or if the blog is spammy in nature, complete blog will be deleted by Google. If it’s a self hosted WordPress blog, you can report to their webhosting company and send them a DMCA notice.
Get Free backlinks:
Anyways, no matter what, these auto blogs will not stop. They don’t care about ranking as it’s all automated and even if they rank for certain posts they are happy about it. Use WordPress plugin call RSS footer. This plugin will add a link back to your blog post and blog. This way you will be getting free backlink. To make most out of it, I have also added 2-3 extra keywords and link to get free backlinks.
Partial RSS feeds:
I know many of you hate Partial RSS feeds and so do I. Though for now, you need to start offering partial feeds instead of complete feed. This way Google will find those Auto RSS blogs as offering low quality content and over the time you will get back your lost ranking and traffic.
In WordPress you can go to Settings> Reading and select summary as an option for syndication feeds. This will enable partial feeds. Your readers can use service like FulltextRSSfeeds to convert partial feeds into complete feeds.
I have tried and tested these three methods and for my new posts I’m not missing any traffic and they are getting indexed without any issue. I’m sure those who are facing similar issue will find this post useful and will get their ranking soon.
Do let us know if you are using any other method to get back your lost ranking because of content scrapper blogs?