A Clueless Google News Spammer

Jan 21, 2015 • 8:00 am | comments (12) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

confused emoticon - googleRemember the Google News publisher who was furious that his Google News site was removed from Google because it copied news stories from other sites?

Well, there is way more to the story. He started a new thread at Google News Help and listed all his 10 sites, 9 of which were in the Google News index, all of them have been removed in the past 30 days or so.

He said "Many of my websites have been removed from Google News. We have not done anything wrong."

They have done nothing wrong?

Well, as soon as the sites has been removed, he stopped publishing content to it. His reasoning is that he can't afford to publish content to sites that are not in the Google News index.

But truth is, the sites are only there to be in the Google News index, not to publish news for users.

A user responded, which Brenda from Google News said was the "best answer" saying:

It appears that every site you listed ceased producing content after being removed from Google News. That suggests those websites were only created for inclusion in Google News.

Legitimate news organizations would not stop producing content if they were removed from Google News.

Indeed and Google News agreed with this answer.

The response:

you think i should continue working on sites that have been removed by google ?

I am sorry, but don't have that much of extra money. If you have money and you are willing to pay, we can post content on those sites.

I mean, seriously? Real news publishers would continue to produce content despite Google News, at least for several months. The whole thing about don't build sites for Google but rather for users thing...

So this publisher turns out to have 10 sites, probably more, and is upset many were caught and removed from the Google News index.

I feel bad for the searchers landing on these sites, not the publisher.

Forum discussion at Google News Help.

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