madeiraisland.news continues for time being
One of the blog’s associated websites, madeiraisland.news, will continue for the time being, although it was planned to discontinue this a couple of months ago. The site was set up a few years ago as an automated news-feed which combined with Google Translate to feature around 20 news stories daily in English using local Portuguese websites – all automatically, without any author input.
Initially it was thought that the Google search engine would penalise automated feeds which use auto-translate as directly “plagiarising” content published by other websites, albeit in another language, without attributing the source. However this seems to not have happened as yet, and the website continues to rate quite highly within the Google search engine, although the trend is distinctly downward recently.
Google is moving towards favouring originally authored content such as that posted here on this blog. Adverts have been turned off on madeiraislandnews, as Google no longer allows what it terms as automated “news exaggerators” to gain revenue through ad placement using their Adsense program. Expect the website to be turned off completely fairly soon, however, as Google moves in favour of “readability” rather than automated content.