Is the need for UNIQUE CONTENT a myth? Lately i'm really wondering because i'm ranking. .

tony-raymondo

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Is the need for UNIQUE CONTENT a myth?

Lately i'm really wondering because i'm ranking on page 1 with no backlinks with all blatently ripped content. In fact its not even illegal or blackhat. I asked them if i could copy and they said fine.

All i did was change the title tag and h1 tag, and i'm on page 1 of Google.

I've heard other people say its only necessary to change the first paragraph.

So question is, if you have relatively small articles - with like 500 - 900 words, I wonder if striving for "uniqueness" is actually an over-rated goal?

Perhaps a lot less important than backlinks and anchor text? ? ? ?

Thanks!
 

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Is the need for UNIQUE CONTENT a myth?

Lately i'm really wondering because i'm ranking on page 1 with no backlinks with all blatently ripped content. In fact its not even illegal or blackhat. I asked them if i could copy and they said fine.

All i did was change the title tag and h1 tag, and i'm on page 1 of Google.

I've heard other people say its only necessary to change the first paragraph.

So question is, if you have relatively small articles - with like 500 - 900 words, I wonder if striving for "uniqueness" is actually an over-rated goal?

Perhaps a lot less important than backlinks and anchor text? ? ? ?

Thanks!
In my personal experience, creating unique content will always be best practice, but I think that claims of a huge duplicate content penalty is totally blown out of proportion. I'm also pretty certain that context plays a big role.

Check out this article on Google's own blog: http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2008/09/demystifying-duplicate-content-penalty.html
 

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Is the need for UNIQUE CONTENT a myth?

Lately i'm really wondering because i'm ranking on page 1 with no backlinks with all blatently ripped content. In fact its not even illegal or blackhat. I asked them if i could copy and they said fine.

All i did was change the title tag and h1 tag, and i'm on page 1 of Google.

I've heard other people say its only necessary to change the first paragraph.

So question is, if you have relatively small articles - with like 500 - 900 words, I wonder if striving for "uniqueness" is actually an over-rated goal?

Perhaps a lot less important than backlinks and anchor text? ? ? ?

Thanks!

http://searchengineland.com/the-duplicate-content-penalty-myth-10741

You should have a look at that site. What I was looking for is a video from somebody over at Google saying that there is no penalty for duplicate content. I can't find the video right now though... Ha

Edit: here is the video from google.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hSoXutuj0g&feature=player_embedded#t=873
 

tony-raymondo

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ah hah

thanks guys i'm getting it.

hmm

so if you have an original body of text on a website that is ranking for "dog tricks"

and I steal the same text, and i try to rank for "fun with your dog" then i wouldnt necessarily get penalized because of duplicate content. seems that it is only important if the source content website is targetting the same keywords.

hmm

this could be useful info
 

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Thanks for that video, it has a lot of helpful info. And best of all, it's straight from the horse's mouth!
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