Stop calling me names! I am not a “black hat”! Hey! I’m only human! Cut me some slack! I’m sorry but I could not resist the temptation to add some scraped content pages to my highly successful music web site! I had no idea it would get banned by Google!
NEVER use scraped content on a REAL CONTENT web site
Never ever use “scraped” or “borrowed” (some say stolen) content on a site you do not want banned. It’s just not worth taking a chance that a good site will go bad and get banned.
I personally have lost several of my highly popular and successful high PageRank hand made real content web sites because I made the mistake of including scrape google search results a handful of pages with scraped search results. I’m not even talking thousands of pages, just mere hundreds… but they WERE scraped and I paid the price.
It’s not worth risking your legit sites position on Google by including any “unauthorized” content. I regret adding the scraped search engine directory style pages (often referred to as Portal Pages) because the amount of traffic the already popular sites lost was significant.
Google re-defined the role of the search engine to an enamored public, who became infatuated with it’s spam free results (less spam at least). Google also had a tremendous impact on SEO’s and internet marketers who had to adapt their businesses to harness the power of the free traffic that the monster Google could provide. I have to admit for a short period I was sleeping and didn’t spend the necessary time adjusting as I should have, and when my business earnings dropped to an all time low about 3 or 4 years ago I had a massive wake up call.
PageRank became the new standard for Google to rank web sites and it based PR on a formula that was determined by how popular a web page was. The more external links from other web pages with high PageRank to a page indicated this page was relevant and popular and therefore Google considered it as important. While they appeared to value lots of links, they seemed to favor links from other high PageRank pages. You see, pages could pass along PageRank to other pages. Web sites that had higher PageRank would have an advantage and would in most cases rank higher than similar pages that were not as popular.