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(Entry was posted by Andy Rapp on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Wednesday, April 22, 2015).

Scraped Content

Question - A client of mine has scraped a site to build out the web pages and populate their site. A good deal of the pages are not relevant to their business or service. They are reluctant to delete the unvisited pages but the pages offer no vale to their service as the service is not available in these areas. What steps can I take to persuade the client to remove these unvisited/unnecessary pages from their site to improve their SEO?

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  • Andy Rapp: Question - A client of mine has scraped a site to build out the web pages and populate their site. A good deal of the pages are not relevant to their business or service. They are reluctant to delete the unvisited pages but the pages offer no vale to their service as the service is not available in these areas. What steps can I take to persuade the client to remove these unvisited/unnecessary pages from their site to improve their SEO?
  • Jim Munro: Hi . I'm not an SEO Expert but this is more of a business standards question which I know a little about.

    I'm sure you are right. I would re-state the case and give them one last opportunity to refuse, then leave them. Sometimes you have to walk away from an idiot client because there is no cure for stupid.

    There is no possible win here. They will screw up and blame you.
  • Dave Elliott: why are they reluctant to delete the pages?
  • Andy Rapp: They said the development team didn't have the time so I want to plead my case with some sort of data to improve my leverage. What are the main benefits of deleting these pages in Google's eyes?
  • PromozSEO: You can mark those pages noindex, nofollow, at-least they won't get you a hit. If they continue to do the same blunders, better you keep yourself out.
  • Jim Munro: Sorry,  ;, I did not answer your question fully. You could explain to your client that multiple DMCA reports will cause their entire site to be removed from the index. Surely that should be enough for them.

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Wednesday, April 22, 2015).

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