In the last 24 hours I have seen a proliferation of blog posts that are exactly the same as one another. Sometimes the blog post which is only a few sentences is repeated word for word with as many as 10-20 different blog names/authors. This has to be an automated operation and abuse of WordPress.
I let WordPress know that this is occurring but its a hard problem for them to fix. Everyone is free to scrape content, but I imagine its hard setting a hard limit of scraping that you can enforce. For example, one webpage called techmeme I think used to make it very easy to submit things to your blog/Twitter feed. It has some interesting stories, but because it is so easy lots of people were using it. I noticed that on Twitter and stopped using it. There is no use to repeat something that hundreds of people are already repeating.
So I have decided that creating original content really is a better way to build an audience than sharing educational resources I find. I have learned many things reading other websites, but not everyone seems to appreciate less common resources. To me, if something is worth learning about it is easy to motivate yourself to learn. However I see that other people sometimes prefer to be led through learning something. So that is a change I am going to do in editorial content here.
I should start by saying that I did a google search for the Top 25 Mac Blogs because I was going to write a post about it. Instead I came across a spam post with no way to contact the site owner. Clearly this was done for SEO purposes and not to help the average web surfer. This is why I titled this post in this way. Also you can read more about this back linking strategy here.
If you are looking for a recommendation, can you take someone who is anonymous as a reliable source for information? Instead of putting myself on the top of this list I am going to share my top 25 Google Feeds and sources that I use to keep updated. These are just part of the places where I look on the Internet. Clicking on any of these links below will bring up their RSS feed. Super simple to subscribe to in Google Reader or your RSS reader of choice.
- Ars Technica
- Boing Boing
- Computer Reviews, News, Mac Software for Apple Laptops, iPhone
- Mac Life
- Daring Fireball
- in over your head
- Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO
- Search Engine Land
- Search Engine Roundtable
- SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog
- WordPress.com Technology feed
- The Consumerist
- The Next Web
- ThinkGeek :: What’s New
- TUAW — The Unofficial Apple Weblog
- The Big Picture
- What’s Hot in Google Reader
Really Google? Penalizing Good Sites To Get Some Bad Ones. I have already covered the fallout here and based on my experience here. For some lucky people they have their sites reinstated.
I wrote about this a few days ago about how my traffic was down a little. Over 95% of my traffic is from Google searches. Apparently some other sites have had half of their traffic affected. Wow.
Google May Change Your Title Tag in the Search Results Standing Dog Blog. Interesting what is being done on an automated basis. Does this really help searchers?