Why MySpace News is Stealing your SERPs and how to stop them

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  • September 22, 2007
Patrick Altoft

Patrick Altoft

Director of Strategy

MySpace News isn’t really gaining much traction, despite the huge ready made user base the site has. It seems that rather than leveraging their existing users MySpace is trying to use other peoples content to gain extra traction from the Google search results.

The site uses a frameset to display peoples sites like this. Using a frameset isn’t automatically a bad thing (Google Images does it) but having these pages indexed in Google and actively trying to optimise them is a bit shady.

Viewing the source you can see MySpace is pulling unique content from the page they are framing to populate a noframes tag for the search engines to index. One of the worst things is that even when you browse to other pages on the authors website you still stay inside the MySpace frame.

Luckily this issue is easy to solve for webmasters by adding this bit of code to your pages. This code is normally used by people who want to break out of the Google Images frame but works equally well here.

The funny thing is that MySpace use pretty much the same bit of code on their news pages to stop people framing them.

Problems

The only issue with this code is that you won’t be able to get many votes on your story if you break straight out of the frame. Unless you already get content from MySpace this shouldn’t be much of an issue.

To be honest Google shouldn’t be indexing this content, let alone ranking it highly.

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