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Google Is Testing Two New Meta Tags For Content Syndication

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November 18  |  News  |   Ryan Clark

It’s about bloody time Google! A lot of people this past year have seen their own content get outranked by other, highly authoritative syndication sites which has been causing a brouhaha. There are also a lot of mashup sites in the mix which are pretty much entirely syndicated content which I feel is fine as long as the source is credited, and now that won’t be a problem. This is going to be a major relief to a lot of content owners out there, lets hope it works out properly so these meta tags stick around. I’m going to be playing with them on our site, as well get some of our clients to look into implementation so I can bring back some stats and more details.

  • syndication-source indicates the preferred URL for a syndicated article. If two versions of an article are exactly the same, or only very slightly modified, we’re asking publishers to use syndication-source to point us to the one they would like Google News to use. For example, if Publisher X syndicates stories to Publisher Y, both should put the following metatag on those articles:
    <meta name="syndication-source" content="http://www.publisherX.com/wire_story_1.html">
  • original-source indicates the URL of the first article to report on a story. We encourage publishers to use this metatag to give credit to the source that broke the story. We recognize that this can sometimes be tough to determine. But the intent of this tag is to reward hard work and journalistic enterprise. For example, to credit the publication that broke a story you could use a metatag like this:
    <meta name="original-source" content="http://www.example.com/burglary_at_watergate.html">

I’m really pleased that they’ve introduced these two because even my own content is getting out ranked by aggregator sites. I get a lot of my posts picked up by Top SEO News, which I’m grateful for, but as you can see they’re outranking my own post which pisses me off. Again, this is Google’s problem, not the folks who run the site. The post I’m talking about was my recent Knowem.com review, which you can see below is getting sauced in the SERPs….booooo!

Take note that Google states, “Although these meta tags are already in use by our systems, you may not notice their impact right away”, so I’m not sure how long before I can tell any difference. I guess the only course of action for webmasters at the moment is to just keep watching the SERPs and take note of any new behavior.

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7 Responses to Google Is Testing Two New Meta Tags For Content Syndication

  1. Peibol says:

    I dont get it.
    The only way you could outrank TopSEONews is that he puts the original-source metatag in his blog, what makes you think he is going to do it?

  2. Linkbuildr says:

    I was just using his site as an example of a aggregator that outranks the original site…so the meta tags would be for me to use on my site so it puts an end to it.

  3. sounds like it is too open for abuse. what if a content scraper steals content from ignorant webmasters and uses these new meta tags. since the real author is ignorant about seo and didnt use the new tags do they automatically lose to the scraper site who is smart enough to use the tags?

  4. The Triumph says:

    Google comes up with new ideas always to enhance the web experience of user.

  5. That’s what i am thinking too. You can’t force syndication sites to put tags where they are getting original information from :(

  6. Web design London says:

    Sounds are nice..Keep up the good work..Thanks for sharing this informative…

  7. Sounds like it is too open for abuse. what if a content scraper steals
    content from ignorant webmasters and uses these new meta tags.

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