Unlike a major search engine that has its dance every so-often and always un-announced until everyone starts announcing it… we’re going to have a dance next Monday, Nov 28th.
If you send in original content that you personally wrote and you’ve never slipped in any duplicate content or duplicate paragraphs in your articles, you have nothing to worry about.
Our programming team have come up with some very innovative content evaluation tools that has identified hundreds of articles that are substantially duplicative. Not only can we identify duplicate content, but we can do it in real-time on the fly as they are being sent in so that we can auto-tag-evaluate and discard truly duplicative content.
I’m very impressed with what our programmers have developed because the algo’s are smart enough to detect varying degrees of content duplication.
On Monday the 28th, we’re going to wipe off the top every article that is a pure duplicate. We’ve already wiped all articles that had duplicate titles that were duplicate content, but in this dance, we’re going to wipe all duplicate content regardless as to the title of the article.
After those are purged, we’re going to lower the threshold a bit and evaluate authors who repeat paragraphs in multiple articles. Some will have their articles tossed and others will have their membership downgraded or tossed.
If you’ve done nothing that could be considered as “gaming the article site”, then you’ve got nothing to worry about and you’ll sail right through this dance.
Why is this dance required?
1) It’s a user trust violation to serve up duplicate content. We want our users to love and trust the content we display and duplicate content violates trust.
2) We want the search engines to trust us to only feed them original and non-duplicative works. The more they trust us, we hope the more traffic they will send to us.
3) We don’t like to be ‘gamed’ and this process will help us identify friends from foes.