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Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by zduality, Jan 12, 2015.

  1. zduality

    zduality Newbie

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    Can you get penalized for going into forums and taking what members talk about and converting that into articles for content? I wanna know how this works because I got a couple forums that have a lot of info that can help in making my articles.

    By the way, I write mostly all my articles from scratch, my site is an authority site and its 100% all original content written by me, however as you know why I am here, its taking long to research and write topics, forums are helping me understand more what I write about and also its good source for some copy pasting.

    I have not done it yet but I would like to know if you can get penalized on adsense for this?
     
  2. PandaDomo

    PandaDomo Senior Member

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    You mean taking their concepts and writing about them? Yeah, that's not a problem as long as you aren't copy and pasting.
     
  3. zduality

    zduality Newbie

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    yea pretty much, for example, there are a lot of forums dedicated to some of my weaker writing points in which I can take some info from people that post and give answers about that topic on those forums

    the way i thought about it was, theres already info out there about this its just delivered in a different way so it shouldnt be a biggy
     
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    Yeah, don't worry about it as long as you're only using them as references.
     
  5. TheNetworkBlast

    TheNetworkBlast Regular Member

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    well isn't that a form a research? just be happy you found an easier way to do it. but if you're copying and pasting trouble could be ahead
     
  6. SERPkiller

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    As long as google doesn't notice, it won't be a problem. You can use an article spinner to change even more the text that you get from the forums.
     
  7. praetserge

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    it's one of the best practices for researching your content.
    You go into forums and see what info people are looking for and cover the topic in-depth... perfectly fine if you do an informative article.
     
  8. BHopkins

    BHopkins Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    For a money site I avoid any dupe content. If you search a forum about plumbing and see someone ask, "How can I install a toilet myself?" that's a great start. Your blog post would be the title of their question and your content would be the answer.
     
  9. Beastman

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    It's definitely a good way to get content, you can really find out what problems people are facing and the questions they want answered. Just rewrite it and make it it yours.
     
  10. SEO Power

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    That's a great way to get article ideas, but there's one trivial downside. You can't write much about some forum topics because they are too specific. The first time I tried using forums to create content, this was the exact problem I faced. It partly depends on the niche, though.
     
  11. Golonzo

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    You could rewrite the content as they could be duplicate content problems with the forums and your authority website. By rewriting them the articles would be unique.
     
  12. kvchosting

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    Rewrite it using the forum as the reference then use copyscape to check make sure your writing is unique.
     
  13. TeKn1qu3z

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    Actually, I do this method for my own blogs. I don't copy and paste, but I rewrite. Forums are a great way to pull unique ideas together and make for some great articles.
     
  14. Aceix

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    Getting inspired from someone else is one thing, copy and pasting is another.
     
  15. Zandamonium

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    From an SEO perspective -- as a general rule just avoid duplicate content. When google finds 2x pieces of content that are "exactly" the same, it might choose to only index one of them in the search results. To see the other one you would have to click on the "omitted results by google" link you see sometimes at the bottom of search results. You don't want your content ending up here, is just a waste.

    From an adsense perspective --

    "From the webmaster guidelines (which we must adhere to as publishers):


    • Avoid "doorway" pages created just for search engines, or other "cookie cutter" approaches such as affiliate programs with little or no original content.
    • If your site participates in an affiliate program, make sure that your site adds value. Provide unique and relevant content that gives users a reason to visit your site first."

    So basically don't just copy / paste aka "cookie cut". Make sure if you do get some information from somewhere else, you reference it, and add value to your articles. There is a youtube video on this topic also from the Matt Cutts. If you follow this, you should be absolutely fine with adsense.
     
  16. TheNewMiner

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    I'm afraid that sadly, you can get penalized for anything these days. Best not to take any chances.