Google’s new attack on scraper sites

Some days ago, Google published some kind of “disavow links tool” for scraper sites. If your website content has been stolen by other websites, this tool can help you. How exactly does it work and how can you benefit from that new tool?

scraper sites

What are scraper sites?

Scraper sites are websites that copy content that other people have created. They post that content on their own website as their own content.

It seems logical that the original website should rank higher on Google than the website that copies the content. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case.

Scraper websites often rank higher on Google than the original websites. Sometimes, the original website isn’t displayed at all in the search results while the scraper site gets high rankings.

Google’s new approach

Until now, Google has tried to filter scraper sites algorithmically from the search result pages. It seems that this hasn’t worked very well. Google’s Matt Cutts announced a new tool that enables webmasters to report scraper sites:

If you see a scraper URL outranking the original source of content in Google, please tell us about it:

— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) February 27, 2014

How does the new tool work?

To report a scraper website to Google, you have to do the following:

  • Go to this page.
  • Enter the URL of the original page and the URL of the scraper site.
  • Enter the URL of the search result page that demonstrates the problem.

Before you submit the report to Google, you should check that your website follows Google’s webmaster guidelines. If your website has been penalized because of spam, the scraper site tool won’t help you.

What is Google going to do with the data?

Google does not say what they are going to do with the data. Submitting a scraper site through the form does not mean that the scraper website will be removed from the search results. It is likely that Google will use the submitted information to improve the spam detection of the ranking algorithm.

How to improve your web pages

If your own web pages rank higher than the scraper websites, you don’t have to worry about them. Do the following to make sure that your web pages rank as highly as possible:

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