Don’t break the rules! I just discovered an interesting thing. My colleague, senor Scott Clark, wrote a post about his new blog youtech.me. I did a quick search for the title online:
Atilus does pretty well, between 1 & 2 depending on when you search. Not bad at all! Google is routinely indexing the site and we have seen our posts on Google in as little as 5 minutes.
But, as many of you know I authored a post the other day on “How to get on techcrunch.com,” and I decided to quick see if that one was popping up:
No Atilus. Strange.
I then searched for the actual page and wah-lah (is that how you spell that)…. nothing.
It seems that Google completely ignored or excluded this page from their index. Why? Well, it is really my fault. Most of it was copied (although cited) verbatim from the original post.
The point is DO NOT COPY TEXT FROM OTHER websites. It will not be indexed and may hurt your rankings.
I am going to lick my wounds, edit the post, and pray that Google forgives me.