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Could a generated TOS affect SEO?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by dmxsta, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. dmxsta

    dmxsta Regular Member

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    Hi,
    I've found a website where you can generate your own TOS, but I was wondering if this could affect my website because the duplicate content?
    Could it lower my google ranking if they see I've used duplicate content?

    Thanks
     
  2. Techxan

    Techxan Elite Member

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    no index it .
     
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  3. the_demon

    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    No, it won't hurt you. Pretty sure Google is well aware of plugins that generate it. I mean a huge percent of the web is using the same exact template from a handful of wordpress plugins. Personally I always No Index that page anyways, otherwise Google tends to be stupid and rank it above the home page for some reason.
     
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  4. meln

    meln Junior Member Premium Member

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    Yeah definitely set noindex, or just block it in robots.txt. There's absolutely no reason for Google to index a TOS anyway. I've done just like you on many, many sites and noindexed the TOS, no problem.
     
  5. Mindanao

    Mindanao BANNED BANNED

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    Of course not. Google is smart enough.
     
  6. Automated

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    Yeah, just set it to not be indexed. Like others said, it shouldn't hurt you by means of dupe content, but it will possibly out rank certain pages which you don't want.
     
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    Zso BANNED BANNED

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    Duplicate content is a problem when it's indexed in Google, so just put rel no index on it.
     
  8. BotCoder

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    Well I guess I'll repeat what everyone else has already said. Open your control panel, go to file manager, locate robots.txt and add a line something like this,

    Disallow: /TOS/
     
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  9. dmxsta

    dmxsta Regular Member

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    Okay thanks for the help guys, really appreciate it!
     
  10. irdeto

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    whether you index or not index the TOS page it will make no difference.
    Google sees it as a trust signal and mostly ignores these as they are very common.

    I wouldnt worry too much about it. I use them all the time.
     
  11. winosergio

    winosergio Regular Member

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    I dont think G algo is so sensitive. Dont know if it is well said like that, but I mean, if your whole website is original content and just a 0,1% of that content would be duplicated, dont think you would be penalized.
     
  12. stanleyreporb

    stanleyreporb Regular Member

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    Set it as noindex to be 100% safe. A TOS doesn't increase your rankings anyways.
     
  13. SPQR

    SPQR Elite Member

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    Google tends to be a bit smarter than most people think.