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Is it bad to use the same theme of a competitor for the same niche?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Shingau, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Shingau

    Shingau Registered Member

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    Is it bad to use the same worpress theme of a competitor for the same niche? I mean from a seo-point of view (does it work the same way as steal content?) and from a legal point of view (could my competitor send DMCA to me if I use the same theme?)

    The content on my website is unique... I'm just asking for use the same theme
     
  2. mickyfu

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    No and no, unless the theme is actually their own unique theme.
     
  3. blogzandstuff

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    If it was all theme sites would sell them only once
     
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    There are a lot of free themes that are used by thousands of websites and they`re fine. Just think about twenty sixteen or whatever the basic wordpress theme is and is used a lot all across the internet
     
  5. Shingau

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    What if the theme is made and owned by one of my competitor, but they also sell the same theme online?
     
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    It doesnt matter from a SEO standpoint. But since both sites are in the same niche, visitors may get confused and think that both sites belong to the same person. I would definitely want to have a unique design on my site.
     
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    It does not affect your SEO. Themes are meant to be used again and again. It does not matter if your content is different and unique.

    In case they are using their own customized theme then you must not use it. Or otherwise you will be in problems.
     
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    Php is open source so nobody has the right to it. Change the look, colours etc and there's nothing they can do
     
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    There's nothing wrong with using the same theme and, you can customize it according to your liking so they won't look exactly alike.
     
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    No if its working well for them why can't it work well for you :)
     
  11. codeman1234

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    Nope
     
  12. ZachMiller

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    Nope! That's called "funnel hacking" and it's a good thing! You want to copy people who are successful..

    I'm not smart, but I'm successful because I've copied others who are already making millions online..
     
  13. ZachMiller

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    Crap... didn't edit the post in time. I should add to that..

    DO NOT COPY 1:1

    You want to copy the layout, the placement of text/images, where they have the testimonials/videos, where they have their contact form, etc..
     
  14. sportkid

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    Nah its not bad but being unique with ur own touch of sense is much better. Never heard stories of a website copying another one in same way and end up being more popular that original one - the first comer of the niche