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Dupe content? I'm listing states and cities in page

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by IceCode, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. IceCode

    IceCode Newbie

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    I was just reading another thread about dupe content and someone suggested Copyscape.com.

    So I plugged my site in, it's a service site, newish, all white hat seo, and the results showed a bunch of similar sites because we list all 50 states we provide service in. Is this bad?

    I imagine 1000's of sites have the same thing, and even sites in the same industry, could this even hurt more as those sites will also have more similar content?

    I had this posted in the wrong category, sorry for the repo
     
  2. bigspanner

    bigspanner Newbie

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    Can you tell me how Google will know which content is the original and which is the duplicate?
     
  3. IceCode

    IceCode Newbie

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    I have no idea, but everyone here raves about unique content, so I really dont know, that's why I'm asking :)
     
  4. IceCode

    IceCode Newbie

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    Bump, anyone?
     
  5. IceCode

    IceCode Newbie

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    I would really appreciate some insight about this
     
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    m0nster Senior Member

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    i'm no expert but i really don't see that as what google normally consides "duplicated" content. they are talking more about like articles that are the same. i tend to think of it like this. if you listed these states in a paper and turned it into a teacher in college, would they give you points out for not citing the resource? no cause its common knowledge, nothing really unique even to the first person to list it. hope this helps
     
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  7. BassTrackerBoats

    BassTrackerBoats Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    That's not going to hurt you... I have a site that I am in the process of building that has all the US States and many US cities listed on it in several places.

    My site will have a lot of unique content on it as well and although I have only about 75 articles on it and have done some very minor social bookmarking, I'm getting organic traffic already.

    Site is about 6 weeks old btw.

    You have nothing to worry about.
     
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  8. IceCode

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    Ok the great, thank you for the replies, this helps put my mind at ease and not make any major changes.
     
  9. xbox360gurl70s

    xbox360gurl70s Elite Member

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    was it you the first to make the listings and they copied you? or is your site all about listings from other people. If you can add other unique listings it would help, since others will just copy you
     
  10. jewel3000

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    Good question -- one I don't know the answer to. But I read somewhere that Google sometimes chooses which content is original, and simply considers the rest "supplemental" (no juice).

    I assume it also depends on the percentage of non-similar content you have vs. other sites. So consider making yours more unique / slightly longer in length?