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Google: We Don’t Penalize Duplicate Images

Google: We Don’t Penalize Duplicate Images

Matt Cutts ImageFor some time now, Google has had a “Search By Image” feature, which shows that the search giant has been able to look at the content of an image and compare it to others online. Combine this with Google’s famously strong stance on duplicate content and many have wondered if Google might be using that image detection tool to look for duplication among images and respond accordingly.

Well, Google through their head of search spam, Matt Cutts, responded to those questions. In a short video, he explained emphatically that using stock photos (or even duplicating photos repeatedly on the same site) does not impact your search engine ranking, negatively or positively.

While this question was put in the context of stock photos, the implications for photographers and artists clearly go beyond that. For example, if an infringer copies and posts a copy of a photo on their site, it doesn’t hurt the ranking of the original photographer and their site.

This is in stark contrast to text works, were Google very heavily seeks out original content and, unfortunately, sometimes mistakes infringers and plagiarists for original sites, demoting the actual authors of the work.

However, this doesn’t mean that the issue is settled either. Cutts mentioned in the video that it was “A great suggestion for the future”, hinting that this might be something Google could weigh in the future.

Right now though, it seems that visual artists are safe from the hazards that writers face to their search engine ranking when they are infringed.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the conversation ends there.Continue Reading

MailChimp Responds, Fixes Duplicate Content Issue

MailChimp Responds, Fixes Duplicate Content Issue

MailChimp reached out to me to let me know that the duplicate content issue has been fixed. Robots.txt files have been added to the relevant servers.Continue Reading

How MailChimp Hurts Their Customers’ SEO

How MailChimp Hurts Their Customers’ SEO

Email service provider MailChimp is a popular tool for sending out newsletters, but is a feature on the service creating unwanted duplicate content?Continue Reading

PlagSpotter Updates Interface, Improves Service

PlagSpotter Updates Interface, Improves Service

PlagSpotter claims to have improved its service to fix its weaknesses. How well did it do and is it ready to compete with Copyscape?Continue Reading

How Accurate is Google with Detecting Duplicates?

How Accurate is Google with Detecting Duplicates?

Google says that it’s rare for duplicates to rank above original works in their search engine. But how accurate is that? One site aims to find out.Continue Reading

The SEO Benefits and Drawbacks of Creative Commons

The SEO Benefits and Drawbacks of Creative Commons

As bloggers and other webmasters mull over the issue of SEO many wonder if and how Creative Commons fits in with their SEO strategies.Continue Reading

Can Blekko Help Detect Copied Content?

Can Blekko Help Detect Copied Content?

The new search engine Blekko offers a new way to detect plagiarism and other duplicate content, but how well does it work?Continue Reading

Stopping Self Content Theft

Though we should always be diligent with monitoring how others use our content, we should be equally carefully about how how use our own work. Continue Reading

Workfriendly Goes Offline

Safe-surfing site and “accidental scraper” Workfriendly is now offline after more than two years of pushing duplicate content into Google. Continue Reading

Modified Scraping on the Rise

It appears that Google’s push to handle duplicate content may be having an unintended side effect. Even though a recent report by Attributor indicates that the search engine has done a terrible job separating originals from copies, the spammers don’t seem to be taking any chances. Spam bloggers are no longer content on scraping entriesContinue ReadingContinue Reading