If i stole a website design, but changed all content would it interfere with ranking?

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  1. charbel

    charbel Senior Member

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    I recently stumbled upon a great website with a great design and got confirmation from the owner that i would be able to take it (download the website files, not get the files from the person) but changed the brand, and content, would Google be able to detect some sort of duplicate code and not rank it as well as if it was from scratch or..? Very curious. Thank you in advanced to anyone who replies to this thread with their constructive opinion or fact.
     
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    saber210 Supreme Member

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    If you have different niche, I dont think that as duplicate code.

    Remember wordpress themes are use more than x1000 times..
     
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    Conor Elite Member

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    This. Just think of it as another generic template. It won't hinder your ranking in any way.
     
  4. YoungGooner

    YoungGooner Junior Member

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    if you will not have duplicate content then you are good to go!! But when you want to rank the site,first check its backlink profile to see if there is any spammy links pointing directly to the site
     
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    terrycody Elite Member

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    No, website design or any scripts would't affect your Rankings, then whether same theme or so wouldn't either.
     
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    tony_d Elite Member

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    It won't interfere with rankings, but it will interfere with the balance in the universe.
     
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    Of course not. But stealing is not particularly good for your karma.