Is Google stealing content?

Last Update: January 28, 2020

Does Google work legally?

Have you also noticed that Google generates ready-made answers these days? As far as I know, Google is a search engine that gets its content from websites. Google itself, has NO content, whatsoever!

If you want to know something now, Google will answer you immediately. Without having to visit a particular website. These answers do not contain any link.

Google website snippets

Google also supplies snippets, where the answer is provided from certain websites. But who is clicking through to a website when they already have the answer?

In fact, Google works against the website owner.



The website owner is missing out on advertisement fee.Very useful for the searcher, you get your answer within a few seconds, but very harmful to the income of the content writers of a website.

Are we writing for Google?

The creator of the content on the website in question actually is writing content for Google, because they are showing the answer to the requestor, without permission of the content writer. And without any need to click through.

What are your thoughts about this?

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Alysanna Premium
Hi Loes,

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. To be honest, I never thought about it this way. I always thought Google was neat for giving ready-made answers to searchers.

Today, I thought I would check on one of my high-ranking posts and I was shocked to see this:
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Fleeky Premium
Steeling and infringing copyrights
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Loes Premium
Is this from your website? Is the link to your website missing?
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Alysanna Premium
Yes it is, Loes.

And no, in all fairness, the link to my site is included. However, I was really surprised with the way Google summarized the content of my post.
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Alysanna Premium
The link to my site is included, Fleeky.
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Loes Premium
Can you detect how they did it?
Is it summarized from your post, or did they compose it themselves?
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Alysanna Premium
They picked out the 4 points I enumerated in my post in the same exact order, without the explanations.
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Loes Premium
So, we best work with bullet points 👍
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derekmarshal Premium
Just to add Position zero-geddon means that being placed in Pos zero, your actual ranking position is automatically position 1....of page 2.

You will no longer be on page 1!.
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Alysanna Premium
Really? I didn't know that, thanks Derek.
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TheAdvisor Premium
I'm just mind-blown, and at a minor disbelief and shock in the way that you put it out there like the obvious "purple elephant" in the room that we can't help but notice and accept that there is always something up and behind everything and anything that Google does regarding their consumer, and search based users and site owners-

based on the aforementioned's needs, wants, and goals to serve them (obviously to an extent- as is the case of the topic at hand) but only to mostly fit and meet their own goals, plans and needs!

Now let's talk about arbitration when we have no choice but to accept to conform to whatever bendable practice in regards to the relationship between the content creators, audience, and consumers with a search engine!

You could choose to refuse to use their service altogether- but what good is it going to do you in this modern age when you seek to meet or have answers already presented to you within seconds-

Such is the case now as opposed to live in a world where modern societies lived in a pre- MapQuest world.

(Anybody remember that- sucked right?)

What about if Google didn't exist-then what?

If we didn't have a means to seek answers in a matter of seconds from a search, we would have probably have to "go out in search" for the answers to questions that we most ask ourselves individually and independent to the life that we are "pre-accostumed" to.

Doing so would have meant going out of our own way to discovering, and finding these answers that we seek from something outside ourselves.
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Loes Premium
I admit, I have a ❤️/👿 relation with Google
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TheAdvisor Premium
Wouldn't we all eventually?😂😂😭
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TheAdvisor Premium
Apart from everything that was covered in regards to Google sharing content "Snippets" with the search user from a website without the consent and possible lack of knowledge of that search and share- of the website owners:

As far as to say that they don't have content? What about Google Support and ThinkByGoogle? Do they not count?

I just did a Google search to see what it said or showed- and from the looks of it Google is the first to know about and even drop gold nuggets and gems of knowledge and even case studies and what not in anything that we may want and need to learn if we are going to be the best content creators and affiliate marketers that are in the know-

and more knowledge-savvy and first on the Google updates and the knowledge base that they have gathered and accumulated as a result of the independent research that anyone of us would have- or have made independent from the training and any other additional research that we may do.

But I can't be for sure because most of anything that they offer in content comes from someone who voluntarily submitted their case studies and what not to be featured as a contributor and a "satisfied" consumer and user of Google's Services and what not...

It's like me offering what I know to Wealthy Affiliate and its community, any additional information that I may know of and have gathered apart from what I have learned inside of Wealthy Affiliate itself-

as my way to give back and share what I know and have learned because I'm thankful that Wealthy Affiliate gave me the training and the tools that I have at my disposal- so that as a result of that gratitude:

I felt compelled to write something about something that has nothing to do with Wealthy Affiliate or what they offer apart from what it does offer and know- and I shared it with Wealthy Affiliate and its community as a contribution and my way to say that I'm thankful that Wealthy Affiliate even allowed me to write and share what I did know for free so that other members can look and find for the very same information that I provided- for free;

Usually- mostly gotten, received, and publised in and by- for free!

(Except for the work that has been done to develop and create this content created training platform that they have written, and we pay for it because there's value in it)

Except that I'm paying to learn and know the knowledge in order so that I too can succeed and create an income with my website and its content that Google receives for free- and stores, and ranks blog posts- or the content within websites according to the value and quality provided within the content of these websites that are being sought by relevant audiences... For free!😜
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Loes Premium
It seems that Google provides free information, but I have my reservations about that. Google is a profit-driven organization and really does not do anything that does not bring any money. They do everything they can to offer users the best experience, but not from a philanthropic perspective.
 
The same applies to Wealthy Affiliate, although they do not use advertisers, they also follow a certain business model. Like any company, it is out for profit, otherwise, they have no right to exist.

The manner of business operations and the storage and release of data varies enormously at both companies. Where Wealthy Affiliate has high regard for integrity and privacy, I have my doubts about the integrity and the protection of individual privacy of Google.
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derekmarshal Premium
The information is free for google, free for the searcher but was not free for the content creator - either their paid a writer or cost them in their time to create it.

Yet SERPS is monetised with ads,

We built google, slaved away for free and get no compensation for it.

I like the idea of the guy that owns Ahrefs, the search engine he is building. It is to compensate and share the ad revenue with the content creators with the higher ranking sites earning more.

It is a fairer version.
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Avecita Premium
Didn't know about that. Happen we ought to see what's needed to rank there, in case there's a push back against Google and people in general start to see them as unfair and go elsewhere deliberately. It could happen, I mean, 'website owners' aren't just random companies and a handful of bloggers anymore, they are all of us and most folks we know since everyone has a website these days.
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lawnis04 Premium
With some simple answers, I'll accept what Google pops up first. Like math. Other answers, I want to check a variety of sources to make sure they match up, so I will check more than just the snippet.

I also find, like with your example of how many cups of tea a day, I want to look at the "why" as well as just the answer. So I'll usually still click on the site to find out why.
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Loes Premium
Always better to look further for in-depth information, unfortunately, people often look for a quick answer and will not click
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AlexEvans Premium
It seems that this is the case Loes, good to see you.

Zero clicks are becoming the way of search, and I think that it is reflective of the shift to mobile.

We are living in a mobile world.

I just did the same search on my phone, got similar results.

You get the snippet,

Scrolling down;

Then,

People also ask;

Then,

Some results;

Then,

Recipies;

Then,

Some more results;

Then,

Related searches;


I don't have to go anywhere all the information is on page one. Who goes looking further these days. Google has created the best landing page that has been known to mankind.

The process is one of qualification.

If I chose to click through, then chances are that I am transitioning into a clicking searcher and they are the ones that click on ads and buy stuff as well.

Google makes most of its money through advertising.

They are an advertising agency, many will disagree.

I guess if we can create the content that is providing relevancy we stand a chance of appearing in the top billing. Which comes back to what we are learning and have access to here in WA. Systems within systems.

Basically Google is curating content and presenting it, if it happens to be your content then all is good if we miss the directors cut, then it is not so good. There is probably more happening than we are aware of.

If I look at my own searching behaviors, I tend to click through, in the hope of finding more in-depth information, I also skip if it feels like it is not going to fill my query.

Just like desktop on mobile, we can have tabs open and easily navigate between them.

It can feel like the content creator is being squeezed if we can observe what Google is offering we can get a leg in or leg up for that matter, I guess it is a case of rolling with the punches.

If people are not clicking Google is not making any money?

Their balance sheet makes my eyes water, so plenty of folks must be clicking and that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
They will continue to present the most relevant content, it is a match made in heaven.
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Loes Premium
Thank you, it's good to see you again too. I noticed too that Google has created the best landing page. Without any need to click through when you are in search of a direct answer, and when you are looking for an in-depth article, it's hard to find on the first page of Google. Time after time, I bounce on irrelevant articles, mostly from paid advertising websites.
I believe that Google is providing the searcher with answers collected from websites where they have the most profit from.
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Dhind1 Premium
It is an interesting question. Google will penalize us for providing duplicate content, and rightfully so. But, when Google serves up that same duplicate content they are only giving the answer that someone has searched for. As is stated below - they will provide where that content came from, but by serving it up ready to consume they actively hinder someone from clicking through to the owner's website.

The problem is that once we allow content out into the wild of the web, it is available for all to see and we rely on the likes of Google to protect us from others who would steal our content. But who may I ask protects us from Google?
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Loes Premium
The EU is doing their utmost to control giants such as Google and Facebook and call them to order, I hope the rest of the world will follow their lead. As an individual party, you can do little
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StevieF Premium
I would say the EU want that control for themselves
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Dhind1 Premium
I am glad the EU is attempting to assert some control. Google needs to know that they cannot have everything their way.
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Loes Premium
Could be, but they can not replace Google, they can restrain them a little
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Loes Premium
Yes, I am glad too, they have to bind them a bit
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