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Reblogging and Search Engines

  1. I currently have my blog on Tumblr, and I believe that the way reblogging works there is causing havoc with search engines. Basically the entire text of my blog post is copied over to someone else's blog, and Google is routinely adding my pages and then dropping them, adding them back to Google index and dropping again, over and over. I have no manual actions against my pages in Google Webmaster Tools, so I have no clue at all about why this happens.

    I am looking to move my blog elsewhere but want to make sure I don't create the same search engine nightmare all over again.

    If I enable Reblogging on WordPress, how do you prevent confusing the search engines about who is the actual original content author? The right way to do it is to have the reblog be an IMAGE of the original text rather than the original text, but apparently no one has figured that out yet and implemented it that way.

    Any guidance on this issue is appreciated.

    The blog I need help with is poetrydude66.wordpress.com.

  2. If the entire text of your blog is included in reblogs, which I believe cut off after 75 words, you might wish to create longer posts.

    I agree with you about Reblogging. I think it's horrible. My WP.com blogs do very, very well in search engine rankings. My tumblr is, at last analysis, on page 12 of a google search for Raincoaster, behind numerous accounts I abandoned years ago. Why? It's reblogs!

  3. raincoaster, based on this do you recommend turning off reblogging entirely on wordpress.com?

    What I cannot understand at all is why Google keeps adding my page and then deleting it. I was the #3 search result on several searches for my blog and then out of nowhere they delete the page. Then it gets added and one day later deleted. In order to keep spam sites in the dark about their algorithm, Google shares so little information with you that you look at these events and as a small site you are just paralyzed by it. It's not clear at all what action to take or how to correct whatever is wrong.

  4. You cannot turn off reblogging.

  5. So then how does one avoid having the same problem with search engine optimization on wordpress.com that you have on tumblr.com?

  6. I guess there is a difference between someone who copies and pastes your text into new content they generate, and someone who uses a "reblog" button on a site that has automated that function.

    It's impossible to stop people who consciously go out of their way to use your content to create new content. I'm not trying to address that case.

    What I am trying to stop is the reblogging that is directly built into a website. On Tumblr you could argue that such reblogging is in fact the core feature of the entire site. It's a social network and the way you get distribution is when well-connected users reblog you to their very large audiences.

    I guess if I go with WordPress.com, I can hope that it is so much smaller than Tumblr that the reblogging activity will not be as great. And if it cuts off after 75 words I guess that will help as well. But it's a major feature oversight if they don't let you explicitly turn off reblogging.

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