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Duplicate Content: It’s Not What You Think!

I have been seeing in a lot of threads the misunderstanding of duplicate content. I am writing this to eliminate the misunderstanding so that fear of something does not effect your online marketing.

I guess the first thing is to cover the assumptions of the masses of what it is, and then show you the reality of it.

I will give you actual numbers and links so that you can check it out yourself. Then you can see for yourself with proof that there are a lot of people out there spreading “Rumors” instead of facts.

Let’s get started. Most people think that syndicated articles or distribution to multiple places will get the articles removed from the index of Google or Yahoo. If this were true then 99% of articles, news releases, all RSS feeds would be removed from the indexes.

MSN, CNN, ABC, NBC, Google News, Yahoo News would all be violating their own rules.

They use the same news stories and syndicate the news from the contributing reporter/author, And if they are breaking the rules, do you think the algo’s of the search engines would catch 40 k occurrences of the same story? I am sure it would, and if these sites keep breaking the rules they would get penalized. In fact, they would have long been removed from the indexes.

Article directories use the same methods, they post ”Duplicate” articles to their directories from the same authors. And you can find hundreds of the same “duplicate articles” indexed in the search engines at any time.

Here is a test for you, and I will not show you one of my articles so that I can not be accused of manipulating the results. Go to Free Articles and pick an article, any article (in fact do it on several articles) and copy the title of the article.

Then put that title in quotes like this “Your Cold Could Be Something More” and paste it in Google and/or Yahoo In Yahoo, here is the search link with the results: “Your Cold Could Be Something More†- Yahoo! Search Results

Take a look. It is showing 1,400 times in Yahoo. Let’s check Google. Here is the search link for Google: “Your Cold Could Be Something More” - Google Search and it is showing over 400 times in Google.

Now this article was released in 2005. Here is the publish date: Oct 22nd 2005. Now, If the search engines have had 23 months to filter out “duplicate content” I am sure that at least Google or Yahoo would have removed them from their indexes by now. But they have not.

This is just one article. Do several yourself to see. There are millions of articles out there published on multiple directories and the directories are ok, they have not been punished and they are repeat offenders also by the public standards of Duplicate Content.

Now we will go over what “duplicate Content” is and why it is in place.

Duplicate content is when you have an exact copy of a site. Page for page, file name for file name, image for image, code for code. And exact replica of a page or site. This was put in place for dynamic page spawners, duplicate websites, and doorway pages that were designed by blackhat seo’s and spammers that are trying to control the natural search results.

Again, I have tested this also. Take an exact copy of a site and try to push up an identical site into the top of the search engines with links. One will be removed from the index, not just one page, but the entire site. And yes, I have done this test 6 times with the same results every time.

Each article directory, Press release site and even the pages that host RSS feeds have different code, images, file names, java scrips and a multitude of other differences that stops them from getting hit by duplicate content.

There is more on a page than your article when a directory publishes your article. Search engines read all of the code, not just your articles text on the page. You do not have to worry about duplicate content with articles or press releases.

Hope this clears some things up! And remember, Hope is not a method… Nor is it a strategy. Study, test and stop buying all of the lies on the net. It is mostly common sense.


from jcorkern from  5 Star Affiliate Programs forum



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