I’ve noticed a growing trend recently for sites to do this. Skweezer has pages for most of my blogs also (http://www.skweezer.net/s.aspx/2/www.livingroom.org.au/photolog/ is the one for my digicam one). Basically they are repackaging content of sites/blogs for viewing on PDAs and Phones. Not a bad idea in many respects – however they are taking complete posts and giving no real link backs. They are also stripping the advertisements from the sites also.
About the only thing that I can see on their version of my site that is linked directly back to and hosted on my site is the images. So not only are they using my content without giving me a way to benefit from what they are doing – but I’m also hosting their images.
This does not seem a fair deal to me.
The other thing that concerns me about this approach is that now there are two pages with almost identical content for each page on my site – there is duplicate content. Google does not look favorably upon duplicate content – it downgrades the ranking of sites that use it and I suspect that this practice will (and already has) downgraded the ranking of blogs that are duplicated in this way.
In a similar way sites like Excite Japan seem to be doing similar things with some of my blogs. Again check out this translated version of my digicam blog that they are running. At least in this case they are still showing my ads and so I get some benefit – however again some of the pages on this site will (and do) come up as duplicate content on Google. I know when I search on CopyScape for some of my blog posts it shows these pages – if CopyScape can see them as duplicates I worry that Google does also.
A number of people have suggested to me that my recent massive downgrade in traffic from Google is likely to at least partially be due to this duplicate content.
To be honest I’m pretty angry about this sort of thing. I’m just a nice guy trying to make an honest living from my sites – I don’t have the time or energy to fight against slime like these sites who are like parasites – sucking all the goodness from what I do.
It is time some of us stood together to tackle issues like this. The latest downgrade in traffic from Google will cost me a large sum of money (six figures) over the next 12 months unless it rights itself – and if its sites like these duplicate sites that are behind it then I’m willing to fight. Is anyone else?