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Is copying HTML and CSS considered duplicate content?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by cashout453, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. cashout453

    cashout453 Junior Member

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    Hi, I wanted to know if copying html and css is considered duplicate content? I mean basically copying the code of a site and changing all the words.
     
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    neverquitting Regular Member

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    Purely speculation, but doubtful. Otherwise anyone who buys a prebuilt theme off of themeforest, etc. is boned.
     
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    cashout453 Junior Member

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    Thanks for your reply. So Google doesn't examine the HTML and CSS? Wouldn't they know that 2 sites are similar in design?
     
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    I bet Google does examine everything. (If they didn't look at HTML, how would they know there's a link anywhere?) But I don't think they're trying to penalize sites that *look* similar. Think about all the Kinja sites. They're all separate, though part of a network, and as a result they all have essentially the same layout. Obviously they're not getting penalties. I think the duplicate content stuff has to do with plagiarizing someone else's work, not whether your site has the same appearance as another.
     
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    Google does examine every part of the code, how else can they determine if a website is responsive or not.
    I don't think that the code can be tagged as duplicate content. What about all those WP.com or blogger that rank easy (I know that this is a particular case), all those free theme, or as neverquitting said, theme forest.
     
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    True, that makes sense. Thanks guys!