“..Google has blacklisted a network of websites run by the family of the newly promoted Tory party co-chairman, Grant Shapps – for breaching its rules on copyright infringement.
A string of at least 19 sites run by the wife, sister or 75-year-old mother of Shapps have been banned from carrying Google’s adverts -
- and been relegated to the bottom of its search results.
Google has placed the websites on a blacklist of sites found guilty of breaching its rules after the Guardian exposed one of the sites selling software to help others breach copyright regulations.
The network of websites, which includes howto-findhappiness.com and meaning-of-dreams.com -
- breached the rules by replicating content from other sites in a process known as “spinning and scraping” -
- in order to jump higher up Google’s search rankings – and increase advertising revenue…”
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