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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Google Creates “Source” Meta Tags To Help ID Original News Sources

With the amount of content published online seeming to expand dramatically every year, Google says it’s experimenting with two new meta tags that it hopes will help it identify the original sources of online content. They’re called syndication-source and original source and here’s a look at what they do and how publishers can use them.

What Is Syndication-Source?
Web sites that syndicate their content to others can use the syndication-source meta tag to give Google a signal that theirs is the one that should be included in Google News. In a perfect world, the tag will be used by both the site that syndicates its content, as well as the site that receives and publishes the syndicated content from another source. The tag looks like this:
meta name=”syndication-source” content=”http://www.somedomain.com/article1.html”
Google Creates “Source” Meta Tags To Help ID Original News Sources
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