Would this be considered duplicate content?

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I have several sites that are in the same niche. I want to consolidate and get rid of the ones that are not productive. So my question is:

If I have two sites in the same niche and site A does very well, has obtained a PR4 ranking on the home page and many inner pages. Site B gets very little traffic, makes about $4 per month and is ranked PR0 (I know PR isn't what it used to be, but I am just showing the difference between the two).

I would like to take the posts off site B and add them to site A and let site B expire (it is up for renewal this week). Would this be considered duplicate content since it was on site B for a couple of years, but now it is on site A? But site B will no longer exist.

Anyone?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kauzmo
    Duplicate content is content that is doubled up on the same site, not across multiple sites.

    Short answer is no, that is not duplicate content.
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    • Profile picture of the author scrapgirl42
      Originally Posted by Kauzmo View Post

      Duplicate content is content that is doubled up on the same site, not across multiple sites.

      Short answer is no, that is not duplicate content.
      Thanks - then I will move it to the 'good' site, with a few edits of course. Two year old content might not be completely relevant anymore
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  • Profile picture of the author jinx1221
    Make edits like you said, just to be on the safe side.. true, the term 'duplicate content' technically refers to same site content, but thats not saying that moving it from pt.A to pt.B will make your new site's content visible.. google already said "hey, site A has this content, and it's indexed. We're not going to index site B, which has the same content as site A, because we want to give our visitors a wide variety of content." That been said, I would totally rewrite. Once your old site has dropped off googles index (and the face of the earth), you can go ahead and put it on your new site if you wish.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kauzmo
    @ Jinx1221 - I think a few major players in Article Syndication would disagree with you.
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  • Profile picture of the author jinx1221
    Well, Kauzmo, that wasn't really my point.. my point was, I would rather spend 10 minutes on a minor rewrite and be worry free, than wonder if my new site will be outranked by my old, useless site that I dont want anymore. I wasnt talking about syndicated content, because that's a whole other story. If you know some 'major players' who are somehow ranking well with syndicated content (dont ask me how), then, well, whatever.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cosmit
      1) doing stuff to be on "safe side" is dumb because in this case it makes no diff
      2) google doesn't assign ownership for content. if site B has more links for same content, that content will outrank original poster
      3) if your site has reputation (PR4 is A LOT of rep) then you can post content form ANYWHERE and google will be fine with it.

      good luck and DONT OVERTHINK SEO
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  • Profile picture of the author scrapgirl42
    I plan to rewrite all the posts, add some more content so the posts are a little longer etc. I don't plan to add them for a month or two, then slowly drip them out a couple a month, alternating with fresh, new content. Hopefully it will pay off!
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  • Profile picture of the author prcys
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    Originally Posted by scrapgirl42 View Post

    I have several sites that are in the same niche. I want to consolidate and get rid of the ones that are not productive. So my question is:

    If I have two sites in the same niche and site A does very well, has obtained a PR4 ranking on the home page and many inner pages. Site B gets very little traffic, makes about $4 per month and is ranked PR0 (I know PR isn't what it used to be, but I am just showing the difference between the two).

    I would like to take the posts off site B and add them to site A and let site B expire (it is up for renewal this week). Would this be considered duplicate content since it was on site B for a couple of years, but now it is on site A? But site B will no longer exist.

    Anyone?
    If both the sites are yours and you want to get the results then use the cross linking method as this will provide you the better result and content will not consider as the duplicate.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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    This is how I would handle the old site that will expire.

    1) Copy & paste each individual blog post into it's own text file on my desktop (offline).
    2) Delete every single page on the old blog except the Index page
    3) On the Index page header add the NOINDEX tag to tell Google you don't want the page in the SERPs:
    <meta name="robots" content="noindex" />
    4) Remove any existing meta tags in the header, only allow the NOINDEX tag.
    5) After the old site is dealt with, on your PR4 site that your keeping add a link to the old site on the Index page pointing at the expiring sites Index page, to get Google to find the NOINDEX tag on the expiring site ASAP.
    6) Check the SERPs to see If Google has updated by removing the expiring sites Index page from the SERPs because of the NOINDEX tag you added.
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    7) Once the old site is gone from the SERPs remove the backlink on the PR4 that was pointing at the expiring sites Index page, Google will think that old content your pasting on the PR4 site is all new content.

    Some might say that's overkill, but I'm pretty sure you can remove that entire expiring site from the SERPs in a single day If you do the above steps in that exact order. That PR4 is most likely getting crawled at least once every single day by Google (that's the reason for the temporary backlink).
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    • Profile picture of the author scrapgirl42
      Originally Posted by yukon View Post

      This is how I would handle the old site that will expire.

      1) Copy & paste each individual blog post into it's own text file on my desktop (offline).
      2) Delete every single page on the old blog except the Index page
      3) On the Index page header add the NOINDEX tag to tell Google you don't want the page in the SERPs:


      4) Remove any existing meta tags in the header, only allow the NOINDEX tag.
      5) After the old site is dealt with, on your PR4 site that your keeping add a link to the old site on the Index page pointing at the expiring sites Index page, to get Google to find the NOINDEX tag on the expiring site ASAP.
      6) Check the SERPs to see If Google has updated by removing the expiring sites Index page from the SERPs because of the NOINDEX tag you added.

      7) Once the old site is gone from the SERPs remove the backlink on the PR4 that was pointing at the expiring sites Index page, Google will think that old content your pasting on the PR4 site is all new content.

      Some might say that's overkill, but I'm pretty sure you can remove that entire expiring site from the SERPs in a single day If you do the above steps in that exact order. That PR4 is most likely getting crawled at least once every single day by Google (that's the reason for the temporary backlink).
      How would I do this on a wordpress site? I don't have an index page - do I?
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  • Profile picture of the author Illuminart
    No. It is not a duplicate content. A duplicate content refers to the articles or posts that appear twice on a same website.
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  • Profile picture of the author eviezamora
    If you want to add the posts of Site B to Site A, why don't you stick a meta canonical link tag on the posts of Site B to let Google know that your preferred location of this content is on Site A.
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  • Profile picture of the author SM4
    We have just begun implementing a Conical Link Structure in our new website too see if we can avoid looking overly text heavy for a web design company.
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  • Profile picture of the author It Is Me
    Here is an article on the duplicate content by the Google Duplicate content - Webmaster Tools Help
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    • Syndicate carefully: If you syndicate your content on other sites, Google will always show the version we think is most appropriate for users in each given search, which may or may not be the version you'd prefer. However, it is helpful to ensure that each site on which your content is syndicated includes a link back to your original article. You can also ask those who use your syndicated material to use the noindex meta tag to prevent search engines from indexing their version of the content."
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  • Profile picture of the author Lori Kelly
    This thread is 7 months old. I'm pretty sure the OP has made his/her decision and moved on.
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