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Writing my own content but is this white hat?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by snoopdogg1, Jul 12, 2014.

  1. snoopdogg1

    snoopdogg1 Junior Member

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    Hello Everyone,

    over the last few weeks me and a couple others have been busy writing content for our new main site as well as our two blogs, one new blog one older.

    Now starting out on this quest we where 100% writing our own content but we kind a hit a brick wall, writers block maybe? so we started looking at what others where writing on the same products and topics and have copied them with layout and topic.

    Now even though this is us still writing the content we are getting our idea's and layouts from other articles so question is and I know it's not real important as long as it's unique but would this fall under white hat or black hat and why?

    I think it's white hat as we are not spinning although we also have used this method on a couple but that's for another post.
     
  2. wizard04

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    Black hat is when you do off-site seo white hat onsite-seo, what you are doing is called rewriting, check your content for uniqueness if its unique then your fine.
     
  3. Reyone

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    Both whitehat and blackhat refer to off and onsite.

    Everytime you are building a link with the intention of increasing a keywords' position, you are doing blackhat SEO. Whitehat simply refers to doing SEO in a natural way, people sharing your content, newspapers finding it interesting and publishing it, etc; anything that you do to promote your site without the intent of ranking it.

    Content rewriting is fine as long as it is unique, engaging, blablabla.

    I much rather have content written from scratch after studying the niche in-depth (at least that's how I instruct all writers to do their job) as opposed of just rewriting it.

    What you are doing would most likely fall into "whitehat" for as long as your content is 100% unique and you are not building it for the sake of SEO. Other than that, it is up to you and your ethics, if you are happy rewriting content, then go for it :)
     
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  4. deann

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    I don't think it's black hat. It's only plagiarism.
     
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    Only plagiarism if it is copied and pasted... If the guy is rewriting it then clearly won't be a case of plagiarism.
    Just check it on copyscape premium.
     
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    there are many pagiarism checkers online where you can check the uniqueness of your conten
     
  7. J-S-T

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    If you are just taking the idea and writing on your own then there is no need to worry...
     
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    Just make sure it is copyscape passed and you are providing informative posts to the people to read.
     
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  9. deann

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    Copying and pasting isn't the only type of plagiarism; this is actually a common misconception [citation needed]. Anytime you use another person's ideas in your work you must cite your sources, or else it is considered plagiarism. Of course, the op is not going to be held to academic standards on the internet, but if he is simply rewriting someone else's article without even adding his own idea's then he is plagiarizing. Even if he adds his own ideas, but borrows ideas from other articles, he must still cite sources (by academic standards). The only exception to this rule is if the idea is common knowledge.

    It all depends on how much of his content contains his own ideas as opposed to other people's ideas. If his content is simply inspired by other people's ideas then it's probably not considered plagiarism. However, if his content is just a paraphrasing of someone else's ideas then it is plagiarized if not cited properly. Just because something passes copyscape doesn't mean it's not plagiarized. . .especially if it's well written.

    However, I suppose making an argument regarding this point is trivial because we don't actually know what type of content the op is creating, and because there are no universal principles regarding plagiarism on the internet.
     
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    It'll be fine. Google won't notice.
     
  12. thefixer

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    i think you'll be fine...plagiarism is a common thing these days and there are many tools to verify your content..!!
     
  13. Slim.

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    You shouldnt have any problems. I have occasionally used other peoples articles as inspiration. Be careful not to copy it word for word and you'll be fine :)
     
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    Yes its white hat but just make sure that article must be well-researched, High quality and passed through copyscape.
     
  15. Numbuh362

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    This is what many different writers do, before I write an article I might look through a bunch of other articles to get an idea of what the niche is about, once I feel confidant enough I'll start to write the article
     
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