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Using other people's content on your site

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by turokman555, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. turokman555

    turokman555 Newbie

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    Hi,

    What exactly is the copyright law on using someone else's article on your site?

    Lets say I found a keyword relevant article on http://www.scientificamerican.com/. How can I use that article to boost my site? And what's the legality?

    Can I just post the content verbatim as long as I provide a link back to the original source?

    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. zverr

    zverr Regular Member

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    It depends who are you copying. If you copy content from a small blog they usually can't do anything. You can copy content from article directories if you provide a backlink and this is legal even encouraged. In most cases if you link back to your source you won't have any problems.
     
  3. milian

    milian Power Member

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    it wont have usefull effect though. google knows that it is duplicate content and wont use it to rank you.

    pointless in terms of seo.
     
  4. robertodelgato

    robertodelgato Regular Member

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    Ah, but if you take 15 minutes to REWRITE (let's call it
    reword' instead) that article, substituting synonyms, etc. then you have...

    A NEW ARTICLE - which you can submit to directories, will rank for keywords, and should be published first on your own site.

    People trying to game Google say it takes 35% of 'different' content to escape the duplicate blackhole. I find it's more like 10%.

    But that 10% has to be related to the keywords and descriptive words in the article, not substituting 'plus' for 'and', 'me' for 'I' etc.

    Once you do 5-10 rewrites it get surprisingly easy. If it's beyond your skills, get an outsourcer to do it for you for $2-$5 per. If that's too expensive for you, you're in for a rude shock in the IM biz. :D