Yes we know original content is king and admittedly I'm a novice when it comes to search engine optimization (SEO) but I'm learning! That being said I'm certain there are different opinions on what can damage your SEO but this video by a Google webmaster seems legit.
In it, he outlines how external RSS feeds (such as RSS feed widgets from RSSinclude, RSSpump, yahoo pipes, etc.) as well as copied content from other sites damage your ranking in Google.............even flag pages with these as malicious or SPAM.
Note: My guess is this is the reason Ning wasn't going to bring back external RSS feeds in 3.0 (even though many of us begged them to do so and they are reconsidering it). Still, if you have members copying external articles as I do (it seems over 40% copied in an article triggers a flag), it's hurting your SEO.........so for 2014 it seems obviously we need realign our thought process and focus on boosting your original content.
Hold on, wait a minute. Does this also mean that Ning sites which use/embed RebelMouse and ScoopIt that pipe in external news are harming their SEO as well? I don't know on this but it makes sense and given Rebelmouse's popularity among NC's, I thought I better bring it up for discussion. Being that the video is from a Google Webmaster, I would tend to believe it.
Additionally I came across this article from Search Engine Land which absolutely rips apart the use of sliders and carousels for a number of reasons. While everyone is entitled to their opinion and I'm certain there are those who would disagree, (for me) numbers speak louder than words and the bottom line from this B2B poll was that service promotion are clicked far, far more - not the carousel.
Oh I almost forgot. I totally enjoyed this video on Panda and Penguin. So much so I watched it four times to absorb just "what" Google's algorithms are up to nowadays and "what" criteria is hurting SEO results. I recommend a cup of coffee and a note pad. Worth the 20 minutes.
What else folks? Do you believe any of this? Is it bunk? What else can be done to boost one's SEO? I know SoaringEagle has been all over his SEO since the release of Penguin and Panda in these discussions here and here. (I bet there are more) Hopefully he can jump in here and lend us his insights in addition to Jen, JF, SP, George, Patrick and ALL of you other experienced NCs. What say you?