Let’s say I post it today.You’ll call it, you index it recognized as mine.And six months later, CNM comes and copies my content and doesn’t give me credit.Will you show my page since I’m the original author?Or will you show CNM’s page because they are big and every few years.

Let’s say I post it today.You’ll call it, you index it recognized as mine.And six months later, CNM comes and copies my content and doesn’t give me credit.Will you show my page since I’m the original author?Or will you show CNM’s page because they are big and every few years.

Webmaster Guru Asked on July 6, 2017 in Indexing.
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JOHN MEULLER (Webmaster Analyst from Google):

I don’t know. I think it depends a bit. But again, even in that situation, we do try to show the original source where we can. Sometimes, it’s not so easy. So maybe taking an extreme situation, if you’re a photographer, you put a photo on your website. This is your photo. You put it on your website. But you put it on your website without much extra data on it. So as a title it has the photo number and a subtitle, maybe the technical information that is from taking the photo, the exposure, all of that stuff. But that’s something that we could show in image search. We could say, well, this is the original source. We could recognize that as the original source, but if someone takes that photo and puts it, for example, in a forum thread and there’s suddenly a lot of extra content there, then if someone is searching for content that’s more easily found in the forum thread, than we will probably show the forum thread as a page instead of the original page just because it’s a little bit more relevant. So it’s something where we do try to push the original content a little bit, but, to some extent, sometimes other sources add so much more value with that, we think, well, for this specific query, we should be showing the other site, instead. So do I think that’s something that as a content creator, you always have to kind of battle with online in the sense that if you put content online, then it’s easy for someone else to take, to rewrite, to write about, as well. And sometimes, the other sources will rank you above your content, as well. So I don’t think there’s an easy answer for that that both makes sense for you, as a content creator, but also, for all of the users who are looking for maybe a little bit more context or maybe some different context. So for example, if someone takes a blog post of mine and copies a part of it on to their blog postings and says, oh, this is terrible content then that doesn’t necessarily mean that my blog post should be ranking when someone is searching for their comments that they added to that snippet that they took out.

Webmaster Guru Answered on July 6, 2017.
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