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I Copied someones site, your OPINIONS PLEASE !

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by halifax123, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. halifax123

    halifax123 Power Member

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    Hey fellow teammates!

    (Help!)I need your intelligent opinion, because I'm clueless!

    I copied a date site blog I found online

    (I don't have a single creative bone in my body! it looks like a carbon copy!)


    Everything looks the same until you look at it closely. Although I did change
    all the wording, the titles, banners, author pic, paragraph titles, and the content words
    so therefore everything is different and unique

    (BUT! it is the exact same niche, same exact same idea, same keywords)
    (it's the exact equivalent of "spinning" everything on the site!)


    The structure of the site looks identical. If you weren't paying attention you'd think it was the same site!


    I want to start marketing it with articles..
    The one I copied is a multi page blog, but I only copied the main page


    Tell me why I'm making a mistake? or whether it's not really a problem?
    and if I rank like I hope, we might be side by side on google!

    thanks await your thoughts!

    Hali~!:)
     
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  2. likeskoolaid

    likeskoolaid Regular Member

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    I don't think it's a problem. I'm sure they copied the site from someone else, there's really nothing you can do to stop someone from copying your work, that's why people put watermarks on quality stuff.
     
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  3. blacksmith71

    blacksmith71 Newbie

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    You should be fine for the simple fact that you changed the titles, wording, photos, etc...
     
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  4. GreyWolf

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    That's pretty common actually.

    Even though you copied another site to get yours started, it's still going to be your own unique site. The longer you keep adding your own articles the more the site will diverge from the original. Even if all you do is go collect other articles and spin them as well, you'll probably get them from other sources besides the site you copied.

    As you spend time working on the site you may even decide to make improvements to the look of the site. Most likely the longer you have it, the less it will look like a clone of the other site.

    Plus you have another big advantage in that you're a member on this forum. If the original blog's owner isn't as active in learning about IM themselves then you'll probably be able to outrank them a lot sooner than you think.

    You used their site to give you a good start on your design, now take it from there and make it grow into something that really is your own.
     
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    nazareth1983 Registered Member

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    Hello Hali,
    What you done is no crime :cool3:, so no need to worry. Everyone copies everyone else; it?s a doggy, dog world honest. The key is doing exactly what you done, by making your content unique and not ripping their work.
    As you said you changed all the wording, the titles, banners, author pics, paragraph titles, and the content words. So I see nothing that puts up any red flags on your end.

    I wish you success with your date blog, and I see no reason for you to worry.

    Naz
     
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  6. kaplan

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    I don't know how you copied it, if you used some machine go over the code and make sure there aren't any comment or unique coding from the original site.
    They won't know it or care unless you are successful so you can wait with that till you get some traffic.
     
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    Narrator Power Member

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    I know exactly how you feel, I am a good coder but totally suck a graphic design. So I use a combination of different things I like from my competitors, to come up with something better.

    I wouldn't worry too much about it, they probably copied the design from somewhere too, or bought it from a template store.
     
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  8. paincake

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    As long as you put as much effort into it as you did into writing and decorating your post, it will be ok :) At first sight I thought it was a sales page for something.
     
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  9. halifax123

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    thank all of you guys!
    I feel more comfortable in proceeding now...

    I did see some coding or rather "meta tags" or someone
    phrasing in the code that doesn't visually appear on the site. I really don't know what meta tags are? seems like it is related to "keywords"

    so I'll go through and make sure it's all unique, other than that
    it is for the most part unique....can meta tags and "keyword stuffing" be the same, if you use too many tags?

    I've wondered that, if you happen to know?

    Hali~!



     
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  11. vampirerocks123

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    Go Ahead Mate.

    Meta tags is the hidden html tags, that will not be displayed by the browser but it will provide a search engine robot with useful information about your website.

    But Meta tags are not 100% guaranteed way to make a top ranking. It is just a part of on-site seo.


    You need to do both onsite and offsite seo. Add lots of content, build backlinks, social bookmark, link wheel, profile creation..

    <meta name="description" content="Add your meta tags here">

    And yeah.. Read a lots of stuff in BHW:D
     
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  12. GreyWolf

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    The fact that you have a lot of meta tags doesn't have anything to do with keyword stuffing. Keyword stuffing is more about overusing the words in the the meta tags or content of the page. Meta tags were implemented to allow webmasters to define custom tags. Some of those custom tags like description and keyword are intended for the search engines, there's also many meta tags that are intended for other websites like facebook, digg, etc.

    The original site may have just set things up to interact with a lot of different sites. Things like providing a thumbnail image for FB and Digg to use. Also tags like author, copywrite, etc. Many of the tags could probably just be removed if you want.

    Just do a google search for each tag to find out what its purpose is, then decide if you want to continue using that tag and what content you want to include in it.
     
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    Lol. If you didn't feel comfortable about copying someone else' work, why did you do it at the first place?
     
  14. GreyWolf

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    Well she never actually said she wasn't comfortable with it. Just that she wasn't sure if she needed to worry about anything because of it. :cool:
     
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    Dont worry, I have a friend that has been copying other peoples websites for 10yrs and has made 5 figure dollars. Dont worry Good Luck
     
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    Don't worry, but look out -- soon that same site will copy your site if you're successful. :D
     
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  17. Bross

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    If you are doing article marketing it means nothing.
    If you want to do SEO then forget it.
     
  18. blackrain010

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    Use a rewriter and You didn,t have to be creative.
     
  19. polocolto

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    Everything looks the same, but everything is different?

    You apparently changed many more things than i usually do. I use htrack and copy templates from famous sites ( not on the same niche ). I can rank the copies without any problem. There are lots of unique codes that i do not waste my time to remove. Some sites get very successfull and nobody cares. The only problem i can see is if you outrank the original site for its main keyword and the owner notices it is a copy.
     
  20. GreyWolf

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    That's just wrong.

    Just because she copied a site doesn't mean she can't do a good job with SEO.

    Actually from her description of what she changed, the site may look the same as the original, but to the search engines it probably looks unique already. Even if it doesn't look totally unique though, she could still edit a few things with SEO in mind, and do a good backlinking campaign. There's no reason you can't accomplish SEO on a copied site.
     
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