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Using Archived Content on Dead Sites Through Archive.org, SEO Effects = What?

Discussion in 'Copywriting & Sales Persuasion' started by ComplexSEO, Sep 13, 2016.

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  1. ComplexSEO

    ComplexSEO Newbie

    May 11, 2016
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    This is something I've pondered for a while, but I'm too much of a whitehat SEO person to bother with trying any such tactic.

    There are many sites that are no longer online. The domains are available for registration and the old content can be found in Archive.org, but it's not indexed anywhere else.

    Therefore, would that not mean that the site hosting it before could just re-register the domain, set up a new site, and include that content?

    I know all the leg work is required to rank it still, and from ground zero, but would this not serve as a good base to start from in some cases? Maybe for PBN creation purposes?

    Now, here's another variable to consider: what if someone were to just steal content from Archive.org, by going to old websites and jacking the articles that are no longer indexed and used them for their own site?

    There might be cases where the old content is still indexed but it could get removed since the site is now offline -- it's a simple request to Google to do so.

    Really, and please justify your answer, what lines are there to stop someone from using these tactics and how would Google be able to pick up on any negative factors? Do you think there's a content archive within Google, with the power to check originality against old, previously indexed works?


    Nov 21, 2015
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    You can be able to use the content even though it is not an advisable way for you to do. Always make sure that you are posting content that is unique in nature. You never know, the websites may just resurface. Once content has been published, then the rights belong to the owner. Usage must be accompanied with acknowledgment. Be careful not to be sued for plagiarism.
  3. WizGizmo

    WizGizmo Super Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Mar 28, 2008
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    NOTE: The Copywriting & Sales Persuasion section is for questions and discussion around the topic of Copywriting - NOT Copyrighting. There is a difference. CopyWRITING is the art/science of writing words designed to entice people into buying your product or service, whereas, CopyRIGHTING is all about protecting ones intellectual property.

    With the above-mentioned in mind, I am now closing this thread. I hope that I have clarified the difference between the two.

    Thank You - "Wiz"
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