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How Bad Is Duplicate Content

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by CDJohnston, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. CDJohnston

    CDJohnston Newbie

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    Hey guys,

    So for our company we have listings on Etsy. But we also use Etsy-like sites that have an importer function. This includes copying the description..

    How bad is it that we don't change that and have it over the course of 5-10 sites?

    Should we be changing the first 140-200 characters?

    Thanks in advance,

    Carl
     
  2. SyZygy

    SyZygy Senior Member

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    It would be smart to change at least 50% of the content if you want to rank on the search engines, if you can't change the whole article.

    There are some sites who are doing pretty good with duplicate content, like RSS type sites who take 100 words of the actual content and link to it, but overall it's not recommended.
     
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  3. SteveWaller

    SteveWaller Regular Member

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    You only need one of these sites to rank (probably Etsy) so assuming your Etsy pages are already indexed, they will not suffer from having dupe content on the other sites you export your listings to.
     
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  4. CDJohnston

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    Okay, so basically then I won't get punished for it, but it would be advisable to change them if I wanted to rank from the other sites?
     
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    SyZygy Senior Member

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    Yes, exactly. ; )
     
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    sfaffilates Newbie

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    is far as I know, douplicated content is NOT so bad than bad backlinks.
    In other words penguin is lot more bad thing than panda
     
  7. chokho

    chokho BANNED BANNED

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    Copied content is extremly bad if you're aiming to rank in Google. You could use some spinners such as WordAI.
     
  8. samprazfanz

    samprazfanz Newbie

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    It would depend whether you would like to rank on search engines for them on different websites. Also, check each of your multiple listings to see how much different they are from one another as normally pages tend to have more than just content that you may have put.
     
  9. OperationStackola

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    if you plan to only spread on social media, duplicate is no problem. However if you want to rank on google then it is a problem :)
     
  10. solventnine

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    It's never bad to be your own competition. I don't mean to be rude, but it seems like a really high percentage of questions are "how little work can I do and still make money?"

    Get a couple of good copywriters and re-write the content. Pay a couple fiverr people to re-write it for you. Just do it (or have it done), and improve your search listings. I don't really see a reason to ignore search even if your main focus is social.
     
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    StraussCan Regular Member

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    On the bad scale of 1 to America. It is america.
     
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    I have no idea how bad the duplicate content would be. I recently ranked a site with 100% duplicate content and it even crossed the actual site in serps from which I copied the content from.
     
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  13. Husbarn

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    Yeah, but once that site owner reports you for stealing his/her content, your site gets deindexed from google. Or wait till one of google animals bites your site on the next update.

    Mostly you can rank even with copied content, till the next update or till owner reports you.
     
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    guugl will eat you (sooner or later)
     
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    Duplicate content is always bad, it might leads you to deindex your site...
     
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  17. CDJohnston

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    Okay I have to admit I'm a little confused on the different opinions from everyone.

    Is it bad between sites like Etsy and other Etsy-like sites? Will it hurt the ranking of my main site, or just the ones with duplicate? Or will it just not help?

    What will I be hurting?
     
  18. CDJohnston

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    I should clarify, I'm talking about duplicate content from our own site. Is that bad?
     
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    Who cares? It will take 10 minutes to setup a new site and within few days, I will be back again.
     
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  20. CDJohnston

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    Ah, see I cannot afford to lose this domain and it is tied to our business. :)