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Google Explains Just Because You Didn’t Write It, Doesn’t Mean Google Won’t Count It Against You

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Google Explains Just Because You Didn't Write It, Doesn't Mean Google Won't Count It Against You

Google’s John Mueller explained that Google doesn’t really care who wrote the content on your site and saying someone else wrote it and you did not write it won’t save you from ranking issues related to the quality of that third-party content.

The question was “websites which collects USG reviews have a lot of thin / low quality content. Obviously only few rank, which is fine. But will this hurt the overall website? How to prevent it? For example, use review structured data markup? Or use noindex tags for user-generated content?”

In short, if you have user-generated content on that site, does Google understand that and not count the poor user-generated content against you? The answer is, that Google will count it against you since you allow it to be published on your website.

John Muller responded “What’s a USG review in that situation? In general, user-generated content or not, what you publish & make available for search is what is used by search engines. There’s no “but the site owner didn’t write that personally, so don’t count it against them” aspect.”

Here are those tweets:

This is not really new, we covered this exact concept several times…

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Google Core & Product Reviews Update Done, Local Search Ranking Bug Fixed, Search On Event Recap & More

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Google Core & Product Reviews Update Done, Local Search Ranking Bug Fixed, Search On Event Recap & More

Google has finished rolling out both the September 2022 core update and product reviews update on Monday, September 26th – yes, there is a lot of confusion. Google fixed a bug with the local search rankings and service area businesses. Google had its big Search On event, I recap most of it. Google product review updates do get periodic updates that may not be announced. Google said if you don’t know if your content is written expertly, then it probably is not. Google said there is no percentage of measurement for duplicate content. Google really wants you to avoid changing URLs just for SEO reasons. Google said page speed issues won’t lead to a site being removed from Google Search. Google is testing the Google Search Cookbook. Google Search talks about when a brand outranks the generic meaning of the word. Google is testing a more like this search feature. Bing is testing traffic analysis in the search results. Microsoft Bing is also testing a web label. Google Ads continues to suffer from latency issues. Google Local Service ads dropped the license number from the listings. Google’s John Mueller now is offering to review parts of your public presentation for accuracy. And if you want to help sponsor those vlogs, go to patreon.com/barryschwartz. That was the search news this week at the Search Engine Roundtable.

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