Google Japan Gets Their Scraper Algorithm

Oct 26, 2012 • 8:39 am | comments (2) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google Panda Japan & KoreaOn Tuesday, Google announced on the Google Japan Webmaster blog that they released a new algorithm that targets scraped content and pushes up original content.

Kenichi Suzuki was good enough to help translate this. I was confused, I thought Google announced a Panda update in Japan, but they did that back in July. Was this Panda #2 in Japan? Didn't sound exactly like it?

I am thinking this is that scraper update that hit late January 2011, right before the Panda update on February 24, 2011 in the US. I think Japan just got their scraper algorithm applied to Japanese languages. This update is serious for Japanese SEOs, where it impacts 5% of the Japanese search results.

It's a slow day and despite only 0.36% of our readers coming from Japan, I decided to cover this. So hopefully it helps 0.36% of you.

Forum discussion at Google+.

Update: Google told me this is not like the scraper algorithm from January 2011 and added they have nothing more to add about this algorithm update.

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