Matt Cutts, Google’s head of search spam, made an announcement on Twitter today about a new tool developed to let Google know when you find scraped content ranking better than original content.
If you see a scraper URL outranking the original source of content in Google, please tell us about it: http://t.co/WohXQmI45X
— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) February 27, 2014
Simply called Scraper Report, the new tool allows you to alert Google about these instance by filling out three fields.All you have to do is provide the URL of the page where the content was taken from, the URL where the scraped content appears, the the search result URL that demonstrates the problem. You also have to check a box confirming your site is following Google’s Webmaster Guidelines and is not affected by manual actions.
It’s important to note that the Scraper Report tool does not promise any kind of fix, or give any indication of what Google intends to do with the information you submit to them. Since this news was reported by Matt Cutts, it can be assumed that the information reported will be sent to the webspam team for consideration as a spam offense.
Whether or not the offending content will be removed is uncertain, but at the very least this information will hopefully be used to help the spam team improve Google’s algorithm so original content ranks above scraped content.