I was reckless with site content, I used programs like WProbot andjnn Blogsensen to generate content automatically on my sites. I know it was stupid, but many people said that these services were worth it for people with a lot of sites to manage, whom can't handle constantly creating their own new, unique content for all of them. Regularly added content seemed like a good move.
After the Farmer update my sites have often been dropping suddenly out of ranking for all keywords, completely, for several months, not the typical 'Google dance' up and down.
Anyway, now I've removed all the non-unique content from my sites and 301 redirected all pages to the homepage, and I'm only going to use my own articles or articles I get people to write for me from now on.
One question I have is, should I get these unique articles spun and then use spun versions of them to build links, in SEO tools like SEnukeX and AMR that I use?
My concern is that I've already done this for some of the unique articles that are still on my sites, so now, if I put that article in Copyscape, it's shown elsewhere on the net, usually with about 40% match in content. Are Google punishing me for this already? Should I remove these articles from my site as well and only use articles that have never ever been posted anywhere else?
And a related question, after getting some of these articles of mine spun, I've posted different spun versions of them on several sites of mine about the same subject matter which, again, have about a 40% match to each other. Do you think Google is punishing me for this as well?
Thanks very much to anyone that can help me clear up this confusion!