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Does Google devalue a specific page or your whole site for duplicate content?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by tbsweet52, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. tbsweet52

    tbsweet52 Junior Member

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    Quick question..

    I have some minor content for one of my sites and some of it is copied directly from other sites (client provided this, did a copyscape check and noted the content to be copied). Now, before I go ahead and re-write all of it, would Google only devalue (if at all) just that page that the content is on or the site as a whole?

    BTW, Im most likely going to re-write it all anyways to be safe

    Just looking to see your guys take

    Tom
     
  2. sammy12

    sammy12 Newbie

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    You could rewrite it just to be safe. Duplicate content penalty only means if your own site has 2 (or more) pages of duplicate content, that would be devalued. It's perfectly fine to use duplicate content from other pages on the web without getting penalized (within reason). However, if I were a company, I wouldn't go copying some other company's text and slapping it on my site. I would at least rewrite/reword it.. you wouldn't see Walmart having the exact same text that Kmart has on their site because, what would that say about Walmart? Well, when you think about it, Walmart is sort of a copycat duplicate content retail store.. but you get the idea.
     
  3. surinder.oberoi28

    surinder.oberoi28 Regular Member

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    yes.. Thanks for this great info.. Sammy12
    I am very clear about duplicate content... and hope tbsweet52 would also..
    just one more short question , if anyone can answer..
    is that , if I post an article on suppose 10 sites and generate a backlink from all of those 10.. then let me know please if this is considered to be penalized.. means backlinks from diffrent sites but having same content.. with out rewriting..
    Thanks again.. :)
     
  4. -Jericho-

    -Jericho- Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Penalized, no. Will the links that get indexed be devalued, most likely. If you don't want to re-write it then just change up a few things like the title maybe a sentence here and there and add some different images with keywords in the alt/title tags. Even changing the keywords in the articles would help.
     
  5. surinder.oberoi28

    surinder.oberoi28 Regular Member

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    Thanks a lot "Jericho"..
    I am very much clear..
    Thanks again.. :)
     
  6. GreyWolf

    GreyWolf Executive VIP Jr. VIP

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    @surinder.oberoi28 - apparently you aren't as "very clear about duplicate content" as you think you are. You should read Sammy12's reply again.
    To be even more clear, the duplicate content penalty is regarding whether the content on pages of the same site is duplicating the content of other pages on the same site.

    That could happen even if that content is duplicated nowhere else on the web. Conversely if there is content that is duplicated all over the web, but it only appears on one page within your site, then you don't need to be worried about a penalty. Whether it's good or bad in that case just depends on what you're doing with your site. If you're creating duplicate content on other websites just to make backlinks to your own, then you need to worry even less.

    Google isn't concerned about plagiarism, it just wants to prevent sites from targeting multiple keywords by just creating identical landing pages for each keyword. It was a very common SEO technique years ago and is seen by the search engines in a similar way to keyword stuffing.

    Article directories on the other hand ARE concerned about plagiarism. In order to keep quality content in their directories the bigger ones don't accept duplicate content submissions. That's a completely different thing than what the search engines care about.

    Somehow over the years those two separate concerns about duplicate content have morphed into a myth about a "global duplicate content penalty". There might be other factors to consider regarding he use of duplicate content scraped from the web, but that isn't because of global duplicate content penalty. It just depends on the content, the type of site, and what you're doing with it.

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    On a side note, I guess people just don't like to use the search feature on bhw anymore.
    Here's just a few other bhw threads related to this topic.
    How Does Big G treat spun articles?
    What are the risks of 'spinning' content?
    How does google determines duplicate content
    Guide - Duplicate Content - Myths & Facts
    SEO myths and reality
    do any of you guys just not give a shit and blatanty copy content from wherever you want
    Posting the same article to 1000's directories - good for backlinks or not?
    No Such thing as duplicate content - Revealed
    Basic SEO practices for newbies.
    SEO - Understanding the Simulation.
     
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