I'm a beginner with online business and had some success with a seasonal website I developed but I'm now looking for a real project to spend more time on and make more profit. I'm considering the purchase of a website that provides a full range of outsourced SEO-services and earns around 2k per month according to the owner. I recently found there is another website with exactly the same content and desiggn (except for some colours and other minor differences). Both sites are relatively new, but the one for saale was made 2 months before the copycat one. I asked the seller about this and he claimed that he did not know about the site and that someone has plagiarised his site. He claims that the success relies in his branding and customer satisfaction, which cannot be replicated. The copycat site actually ranks 3rd on Gooogle for it's own site name, while the one for saale only ranks on the second page when searching the exact site name. Does this seem a little suspicious? Do you think the fact that a dublicate site exists is a big no no for purccchasing a site? As said I'm very much a beginner with these, so any tips are much appreciated. I just remember reading that duplicate content will cause Google to rank you very low immediately. A contact of mine who has a successful SEO-business put his whole site offline once when he noticed it had been copied, and re-made all the content. **Apologies for the typos in the text. For some reason it kept triggering the automatic spam prevention system and it was really difficult to get this posted!