Download squad often has some high quality articles, but sometimes I wonder whether the writers really understand what they are writing about, or are compiling their content whilst referring to multiple sources.
Today they have written a little about content theft, it isn’t a great article, and doesn’t really go into many of the problems, or link through to any authority sources.
I don’t worry about content theft, I license all my content under GPL, and I gain lots of low quality backlinks, or sometimes great backlinks from authority sites that syndicate my content.
I often include lots of internal linking in every post to maximise the benefit, and it helps to establish ownership of the original article (Google might have fixed some of my previous link attribution worries)
Don’t Link To The People You Are Crying About
The biggest blunder from the article on Download Squad however is they linked through to the offending sites and articles, with a real SE followable link.
Nofollow Has A Purpose
I strongly advocate not using nofollow in comments on actively moderated blogs, but it is the easiest way to tell search engines that you don’t vouch for the content on a site.
Giving a good link to the search engines from the same domain as content has been stolen from is just idiotic. It makes the content more authentic, and if you are worried about someone stealing your SERPs, the worst thing you can do is give the stolen content credibility.
Note to DownloadSquad: Add rel=”nofollow” if you link to people syndicating your content
Nofollow can also be used in many ways to optimize your internal linking structure.
Note to DownloadSquad Part2: Damn the links you use to other people are terrible. Please make my blog linking mistakes article required reading for all your writers.