Genuine content is definitely the way to go! There is no need to obtain greedy and mix in risky scraped content. It’s just not worth dropping it all!
Stop calling me titles! I am not a “black hat”! Hi! I’m only human! Cut myself some slack! I’m sorry but I could not resist the temptation to add some scraped content pages to my highly successful music web site! I had no idea it would get banned simply by Google!
Oh well… sometimes a person learn some lessons the hard way!
And the lesson is:
NEVER make use of scraped content on a REAL ARTICLES web site
Never ever use “scraped” or even “borrowed” (some say stolen) content material on a site you do not want banned. It’s just not worth taking a possibility that a good site will go poor and get banned.
I personally have lost several of my highly popular and prosperous high PageRank hand made real content material web sites because I made concentrate on of including a handful of pages along with scraped search results. I’m not even speaking thousands of pages, just mere 100s… but they WERE scraped and I paid the price.
It’s not worth risking your legit sites position on Google by including any “unauthorized” content. I actually regret adding the scraped search engine directory style pages (often known as Portal Pages) because the amount of visitors the already popular sites dropped was significant.
Trust me, if you have a successful site, don’t ever use scraped content on it.
Google wants to provide relevant results. Can you blame them?
Search engines re-defined the role of the internet search engine to an enamored public, who grew to become infatuated with it’s spam free of charge results (less spam at least). Google also had a tremendous effect on SEO’s and internet marketers who had to adapt their businesses to funnel the power of the free traffic that this monster Google could provide. I must admit for a short period I was resting and didn’t spend the necessary period adjusting as I should have, and when our business earnings dropped to an all time low about 3 or 4 years ago I had formed a massive wake up call.
Link Popularity and PageRank are the new standard
PageRank became the new standard to get Google to rank web sites and yes it based PR on a formula which was determined by how popular a web page was. The more external links from other web pages with high PageRank to a page indicated this page was appropriate and popular and therefore Google considered it as important. While they will appeared to value lots of links, these people seemed to favor links from other high PageRank pages. You see, pages can pass along PageRank to other pages. If you are you looking for more on google search scraper have a look at the page.
Websites that had higher PageRank would have an advantage and would in most cases better search engine positions than similar pages that were not as popular.