Is It OK To Use Duplicate Content If You Site Original Article

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I have some articles that dont pass copyscape because of a lot of quotes and such. Is it ok if I still use it but site the original work? I am also worried about getting penalty for duplicate content from Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author talfighel
    So you copied a few portions of the article? You should never do that and Copyscape will pick that up.

    Your work should be original.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
      Google likes it when you link to authority sites or even anything that provides value. The World Wide Web is nothing but a bunch of links. However, I word the text link or even the sentence or paragraph in my own words so it is unique and then hyperlink to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by bigballin6161 View Post

    I have some articles that dont pass copyscape because of a lot of quotes and such. Is it ok if I still use it but site the original work?
    If it's only the quotations, it may not necessarily be a problem, but this is a difficult legal issue, revolving around the concept of "fair use".

    If it isn't only the quotations, then the answer's almost certainly "no", because you'd be breaching the original authors' copyrights by creating "derivative works" and (contrary to what some internet marketers imagine) citing (and/or linking to) the original doesn't excuse or legitimize breaches of copyright.

    Originally Posted by bigballin6161 View Post

    I am also worried about getting penalty for duplicate content from Google.
    You're confusing "duplicate content" with "syndicated content".

    What you're referring to isn't duplicate content. Nor is duplicate content penalized, anyway.

    This post explains it very clearly and accurately (and quotes Google on the subject): Article Marketers – Lay the Duplicate Content Myth To Rest Once and For All - Internet Marketing and Publishing Blog

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  • Profile picture of the author newpage
    Multiple mainstream Advertising Networks run the same stories and they don't get penalized or banned by Google or Yahoo. So, don't worry about duplicate content.
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    • Profile picture of the author cc422
      I hear a couple of questions - maybe I'm over thinking it -

      1. is it legally OK for me to use content from another site and claim it as my own? never

      2. Can I curate an article from someone else's site and include a link back to the original - yes.

      3. Can I curate an article and get some google cred for it? - if you're not adding substantially in terms of say annotations - clarifications - footnotes and adding more value to the original article - in other words help a human out with it - then no you won't get a lot of umph in ranking.

      Often I've seen where several articles come out around the same time and someone references all three articles into a super article that really helps me get a more complete perspective. Now that's adding value.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by cc422 View Post

        2. Can I curate an article from someone else's site and include a link back to the original - yes.
        Many people - including some Warriors - have had both legal problems and websites removed by their hosting companies (after DMCA site take-down notices were served on them by copyright holders) because they imagined the answer to that one was "yes".

        As so many have found out to their cost (often having made the mistake of believing what "curation enthusiasts" and sellers of "curation software" or "curation services" wrongly told them a few years ago, when the "curation craze" was at its height), the reality isn't nearly so simple. Don't imagine, if taking content without permission, that including a link back to the original will somehow exonerate or legitimize a breach of copyright - it won't.

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        • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
          Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

          As so many have found out to their cost (often having made the mistake of believing what "curation enthusiasts" and sellers of "curation software" or "curation services" wrongly told them a few years ago, when the "curation craze" was at its height), the reality isn't nearly so simple. Don't imagine, if taking content without permission, that including a link back to the original will somehow exonerate or legitimize a breach of copyright - it won't.

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          You're right. Those people learned, to their sorrow, that there is a difference between "stealing content" and "curating content".

          I have done newsletters in the past that were nothing but a collection of curated links, along with my take on why they are worthwhile and a pull quote from the article as a teaser. I later posted back issues of those newsletters. Over all the time I've done that, I've gotten exactly one takedown notice when an author thought I quoted too much of an article. I simply removed the entire section and replaced it with another.

          Since virtually all of my search traffic comes from longtail keywords, most of which I wouldn't have thought to try to optimize for, I quit trying. By using the natural language of the market in which I'm writing, I get those longtail clicks,

          Too many "curation engines", which used to be called "autoblogs", are so clumsy in scraping content based on a handful of keywords that a penalty (or worse) is almost inevitable. They might as well put "Google, please ban me" in the meta tags...
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  • Profile picture of the author discrat
    Originally Posted by bigballin6161 View Post

    I have some articles that dont pass copyscape because of a lot of quotes and such. Is it ok if I still use it but site the original work? I am also worried about getting penalty for duplicate content from Google.
    You will not get a penalty per say. Only if you continually use the same Content over and over on your one Website.

    People confuse Penalty ( sand boxed) with being ranked under a Site that has the first, original content.

    In other wards if you use syndicated articles from another Source do not be surprised if that 'original' website is ranked higher than you in Serps ! That is NOT a penalty, though !!


    - Robert Andrew
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  • Profile picture of the author betterwtveter
    I never ever trust article spinners or hiring freelancers to rewrite content. It will save you more time, money, and headache from Google to write fresh content. I say it is faster to write new content than to look back at an article and try to rewrite it properly.
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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    Just write your own articles - then you won't have a problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author CyberQuill
    Your original question sounds as though you are concerned about being accused of plagiarism. Citing your sources is an acceptable practice that can increase your credibility with your readers.

    Plagiarism is an act of fraud - where you use the work of another person and claim it as your own.

    Cite your sources and link to the articles.

    Great question.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I always write my own content. It's ok to get ideas from other sources as that's often needed but you always use your own words.
    If you are using quotes, make it clear that is the case. I have used quotes now and then to make a point and there's never an issue.

    If I get hired to rewrite content, I ensure it passes Copyscape 100% as I have had clients ask me to rewrite content from their own sites.
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