Can you have the exact same content on 2 different websites?

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I currently have a big website with 28 pages and it is ranking well. I want to make another website in the same niche and want to rank for a different keyword. I will obviously have to change my home page a bit but can I basically copy my whole website over without getting slapped around by google?
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  • Profile picture of the author kaiserthesage
    I suggest not. The copied content on the new site might affect your first site's rankings, knowing that the new site will be eventually indexed by major search engines. It's a big slap, trust me. It's best to create new and unique contents on your next website, or spin your existing articles to make it unique (but I suggest making new content from scratch).
  • Profile picture of the author Lee MacRae
    What you're talking about is exactly where the whole duplicate content issue started. People who had a website at number one in the search engine results decided to create a second website with the exact same content...the thinking was that Google likes the first one so they will also like the second one and maybe that one will turn up in position number two...make a third duplicate website and take position number three...you could end up owning the whole page of search results for your niche! Google caught on and they de-indexed those websites. I remember how some long term members of the Warrior Forum posted that they had tried it and they lost websites that were making them good money. Keep in mind that if Google thinks you're deliberately trying to game the search engines by using the same content, whether it's in your own site or a second site, then you're in trouble. I can remember when we took content that ranked well in the search results and created thousands of pages of that same content but with headings and URLs like content-New York, content-Boston, content-Atlanta in order to try to rank for people looking from those areas... google caught on and we were toast
  • Profile picture of the author gtk29
    Actually Google does not like mirrored sites.
  • Profile picture of the author paulgl
    Take a gander at how gasbuddy.com does it:
    Texas Gas Prices - Find Cheap Gas Prices in Texas
    Arizona Gas Prices - Find Cheap Gas Prices in Arizona

    That's the way it's done, 200+ sites.

    Paul
  • Profile picture of the author jushuaburnham
    Yes you can but it is less effective in SEO.
  • Profile picture of the author scott g
    Originally Posted by yukon View Post

    The answer is, Yes you can!

    The catch is, it all depends on your content.

    Example, I run file-download sites, All I have to do is change the Page-Title for each post on the new sites.

    An article based site wouldn't be as easy to copy.
    I could not have worded it any better and...

    Originally Posted by paulgl View Post

    Take a gander at how gasbuddy.com does it:
    Texas Gas Prices - Find Cheap Gas Prices in Texas
    Arizona Gas Prices - Find Cheap Gas Prices in Arizona

    That's the way it's done, 200+ sites.

    Paul
    ... I could not have found any better examples (besides some content I've got up )


    CHEERS!
  • Profile picture of the author annamartin
    I will say 'No' as search engines don't like duplicate content. Unique, original and quality content is key to success.
  • Profile picture of the author samual james
    if you want to get banned from search engines then you can put similar content , according to me change in meta part is entirely different thing. try to put unique and genuine content to get good ranking.
  • Profile picture of the author mike.b
    Don't put the exact same content on another site. This will cause on your SEO process.
  • Profile picture of the author scott g
    Originally Posted by samual james View Post

    if you want to get banned from search engines then you can put similar content
    Would you care to back this claim up?
  • Profile picture of the author sortshots
    hey don't copy the content...Google hates duplicate content..and you can be penalized for that or even you can be banned..but BTW why do you want another website with same content??
  • Profile picture of the author mithil
    If you want to use different set of keywords then don't use same content.
    it will be of no use.
  • Profile picture of the author ScrapeBoss
    Originally Posted by bigballin6161 View Post

    I currently have a big website with 28 pages and it is ranking well. I want to make another website in the same niche and want to rank for a different keyword. I will obviously have to change my home page a bit but can I basically copy my whole website over without getting slapped around by google?
    You can create the other site with the same content but do not link the 2 sites together. For the new site to be created, build many backlinks to the internal pages and you will have a top ranking site.
  • Profile picture of the author shalamigri
    This topic is rather strange if you think about it. I find it very disturbing that I could lose search engine rankings if I copy my own content from one site to another. If this is the case, I could rankings if someone else steals my content and copies it to their own website.

    This actually happened to me once. I was ranking number one for a certain keyword phrase. After I lost rankings for that keyword phrase, I came across a post that was stolen from me and was ranked about number 3 while I was off the charts!

    This is a VERY unfair practice when you really think about. We have no control over people copying our content. The sad part is that if someone does this, it could ruin the honest persons site authority with Google.
  • Profile picture of the author Weedy92
    I've done it for a local client, owner was on a budget. First site still ranks #1-2. Second copy site ranks about 10 spots lower. But this was diffrent wording on the site, but it's almost a duplicate, same template, content, etc. I wouldn't advise it unless you have no other choice, in my case the client did'nt.
  • Profile picture of the author UMS
    Originally Posted by samual james View Post

    if you want to get banned from search engines then you can put similar content
    Yet another SEO "expert" giving out false information.
  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    Originally Posted by bigballin6161 View Post

    I currently have a big website with 28 pages and it is ranking well.
    Big website? 28 pages? Huh?

    What's a small website, 1 page?
  • Profile picture of the author yukon
    I just noticed this thread is 2 years old, who stirred up the old thread for a backlink? :rolleyes:
  • Profile picture of the author paulgl
    Originally Posted by UMS View Post

    Yet another SEO "expert" giving out false information.
    Every major news site uses reuters or AP stories. All the same.

    We can have good debates, but man the myths are something that
    need to be zapped.

    Paul
  • Profile picture of the author Carl Brown
    Originally Posted by yukon View Post

    I just noticed this thread is 2 years old, who stirred up the old thread for a backlink? :rolleyes:
    This isn't the only one. This stuff is happening all too often lately.

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