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Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Ramirez, Jul 10, 2013.

  1. Ramirez

    Ramirez Newbie

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    I am starting a blog about movies, games, trailers etc. If I have a page on my site "Pacific Rim" which contains the following text copied directly from IMDb

    As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

    ... I assume that page will not rank since it contains nothing but duplicate content. So I have 2 choices. I can completely re-write that text, or I can augment it with something like this:

    Coming soon is a new release from acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro. Unsurprisingly the budget is huge and we have high expectations. Read below for the official synopsis:

    As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse.

    Click here for the official trailer.


    Will this help?

    What if I wrap the copied synopsis in an HTML blockquote, to indicate "this text is copied and I am not trying to claim it as mine" ?
     
  2. royserpa

    royserpa Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Best bet is to rewrite the whole thing AND spin it by sentence level, then on word level. :D
     
  3. Ramirez

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    Ok, and then just to be sure I will have it proof read by a professional linguist. :)
     
  4. BacklinksRadar

    BacklinksRadar Junior Member

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    I agree, its best to stay safe and rewrite it. If you have a small percentage of copied content (5-10%), it shouldn't be an issue I think.
     
  5. Ramirez

    Ramirez Newbie

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    I have over 1000 pages scraped from IMDb, so it's a huge task to re-write all of them.

    There are dozens of big sites, like Metacritic, that use the same promo text (unmodified as handed out by Warner Bros), and they don't have problems. I thought if that text only constitutes 5-10% of the page content maybe I can get away with it.
     
  6. Don Carlito

    Don Carlito Regular Member

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    just give them a link back to original post/article
    but you never outrank imdb.com

    or outsourcing a 200-300 word articles is an option
     
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  7. loudINMedia

    loudINMedia Junior Member

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    Rewriting content by yourself is a great strategy always when you are going for something long term thing.
    Better to understand, someone has worked hard on it & they will not let it go just by copying it.
     
  8. saber210

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    Your second example is called content curration.

    Search more about content curration, some site using it effectively.