Google Copyright Penalty, Pinterest Drops Invites, Speedlink 32:2012

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great week. This week, one of the most noteworthy news definitely goes to the announcement of Google saying that they will be penalizing sites who repeatedly been accused of copyright infringement. Already dubbed “Emanuel“, some fear that such a signal may trigger abuse as removal requests have dramatically increased. According to Google, in the last 30 days alone, more than 4.3 million URLs where submitted for removal. That’s a lot and while most sites that appear on Google’s transparency list are mostly “torrent and related sites”, there may be “others” that are just a victim of “false accusations”. We’ll see how this goes.

Here’s an excerpt of Google’s official announcement:

We aim to provide a great experience for our users and have developed over 200 signals to ensure our search algorithms deliver the best possible results. Starting next week, we will begin taking into account a new signal in our rankings: the number of valid copyright removal notices we receive for any given site. Sites with high numbers of removal notices may appear lower in our results …

Other noteworthy news comes from Pinterest who this week decided to open registration to anyone without the need of an invitation. If one of the reasons you have not joined Pnterest yet was due to lack of an invitation, you should know that you can now register with your FaceBook/Twitter account, or even with your own email address. Hmmm, what do you think? Will this encourage more “spammers” to create Pinterest accounts?

Finally, if you are interested to know more about Google’s advertising products and solutions, among other things, here is the calendar of their upcoming webinars. There might just be something that may interest you.

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That’s it! Enjoy and have a great weekend.


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12 thoughts on “Google Copyright Penalty, Pinterest Drops Invites, Speedlink 32:2012

  • Thanks for sharing this DiTesco. It’s also a good to make sure that you turn on the moderation settings of your blog, even if you’re using an anti-comment spam plugin. That way, you can go through every comment submitted and you can weed out spammy comments and trackbacks to your blog that may have slipped passed the plugin.

    • I Agree. Moderation is never too much. At least for the first couple of times 🙂

  • Hi DiTesco,

    Yessss – Another update. And this one I as you’ve shared will dramatically influence the amount of users actively participating on Pinterest – and also the black hat world will be sure to make use of this advantage as well. And just like there is businesses making their living moving old links – there will be those looking and searching for websites having copyrighted images to pay their own bills. Personally – I think a lot of websites that has been running for a while will be removing quite a lot of images in the next few days.

    • Hi Anton. You actually brought up something that is quite important and It will be interesting to see how “images” will be dealt with as far as copyright issues is concerned. That is probably one of the most copied content on the web.

  • Great Job derived you Buddy!
    I can say here is great mash-up for bloggers on business and marketing strategies which should be noted down by every bloggers for future reference.i also oblige that video is too good and helpful to stop scam in future.
    so Thanks.

  • Well, the First news about Google is indeed not a surprising stuff for me because of Gambling nature of Google Bot, But the second news i.e. about Pinterest is indeed awesome! I had to signup Pinterest by invitation and that was like getting someones support! I wish if they could have opened the signups process earlier, though I can figure out that this was their part of marketing campaign!

  • I am kind of suprised it took google this long to start penalizing sites for this, and equally suprised that Pinterest was not open to everyone (Being a guy I have never been on pinterest but my wife is always on it lol)

  • The funny thing is there are a number of Google related services that should probably be affected, but most likely won’t be. YouTube and Blogspot are just a couple that come to mind that have plenty of copyright issues. I am sure there are probably many others. At any rate it should be interesting to see how it plays out.

    • You are right Ray. YT apparently has its own special “filters” for copyright issues, but I don’t know about blogger. As you said, best thing right now is to see how this plays out.

  • Very interesting. I am new to all of this stuff but I am very dead set on learning all about this great new world.

    Thanks for the post.

  • Another Google Update but this time for Copyright issues.Its good that Google is becoming very strict about spamming.Hope this will work for all of the bloggers.

  • I have read this news but was looking for something to confirm this news as I have read your article I can say that this copyright act is better for the copy past URLs as they do not do any work on there website and use SEO to get on top.
    The new updates of google is about quality now I think its good for experts rather than those who use black hat method.
    about Pnterest that seems good for users.

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