It is a sad day when one has to resort to writing on a social network to get Google to comply with their own guidelines.
After notifying Google 3 times (Google spam/complaints) over an eight month period, posting a comment on Matt Cutts blog (of which was not accepted mind you) and even phoning Google in Sydney, Google has still done nothing about a website which easily breaks their guidelines having multiple duplicate sites which are clearly stated?
“Google tries hard to index and show pages with distinct information. This filtering means, for instance, that if your site has a “regular” and “printer” version of each article, and neither of these is blocked with a noindex meta tag, we’ll choose one of them to list. In the rare cases in which Google perceives that duplicate content may be shown with intent to manipulate our rankings and deceive our users, we’ll also make appropriate adjustments in the indexing and ranking of the sites involved. As a result, the ranking of the site may suffer, or the site might be removed entirely from the Google index, in which case it will no longer appear in search results.”
To the extent of their duplication, the offending company “Pergolas R Us” in Australia does not even try and hide their duplication with their company name and branding on every website.
Based on the fact that nothing has been done, a few questions come to mind…
1) How many complaints such as this should one send to Google before appropriate action is taken? Or does one have to resort to social media to get anything done?
2) If these duplicated sites are left on Google and their rankings left in place, is it all right for the rest of us to make similar websites for our own businesses?
3) As nothing has been done about these duplicate websites even though Google has been informed many times over, do such companies who have a large spend on Google Adwords have a different set of Google guidelines in place that we are unaware of?
If anyone from Google would like to get back to me re these matters regarding their ongoing inaction, that would be appreciated and a refreshing change.
Any comments from people having similar issue would be appreciated.