Just to list a few:
) Fear of duplicate Content.
"OMG!! What happens if i put this or that article from the article site on my blog - Google will PENALIZE me, they will DEINDEX me"
) Fear that everything has to conform to THEIR standards, starting from PPC link policies ("no affiliate links!!", "No redirects!!")
) Fear that whatever some webmaster does might "harm" their site (rankings) because "Its against Google TOS" and similar like that.
Now, recently i started with Autoblogging and also in regards to some of my own products i often see such questions, especially in regards to dupe content and "scraping" other site's content, using them on your own sites, things like that.
According to their policies, everyone who uses their services would need permission, here what comes up first if you search for
"Google News RSS"
We invite you to make noncommercial use of Google's RSS and Atom feeds on your website subject to these terms, Google's Terms of Service, and the Google News Terms of Service. If you incorporate our feeds onto your website, please also:
Now the irony is that Google does indeed use the WHOLE web for their OWN commerical purposes.
() They use news sources from all around the web and distrubute them as "their" Google News RSS service. If you pull a Google News RSS feed
You will see that the link actually does not directly go to the source (the news source in this case, but it first goes to Google [sorry for blurry pciture] - in addition with some "demographic" data encoded to the URL.
What irritates me is the statement "noncommercial use" which is "kindly" granted to others, however i am sure that Google did NOT ask any web site owner or picture copyright holder to use THEIR content and use it for their own commercial purposes <-- how come?
Google of course does not only SCRAPE (yes, "scrape" ) all the news sources out there, but of course also all our sites, as well as any blog, picture and whatever significant insignificant content might be out there on the net.
Then they "redistribute" this content (isn't it PUBLIC DOMAIN ????) in a commercial manner.
What i am saying is...the next time you "worry" about that ezine article which you want to put on YOUR blog ....or if you worry how "bad" it might be to put a RSS feed on your blog - think about that the BIGGEST "content scraper" out there is actually Google itself.
Or, more jokingly: Google would need to de-index THEMSELVES and most of their services since all they provide is dupe content..and that content is OURS