Does one destroy it's all?

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Lets say, I have got a blog in which I regularly write unique contents and try to keep the useful and informative in nature. There are about 50-60 posts in my blog and I have copied 2-3 posts from other websites. Will my whole blog be penalized by google? or it will be only that post ? :confused::confused:
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  • I don't think any of us really know the answer to that because Google is an evolving algorithm. What is true today might not be true tomorrow.

    My question is, why risk it? You're putting your entire site in jeopardy over 2-3 posts? Spend some time to rewrite them to make them unique that way you don't have to worry.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dmarcotte
    If it is only a couple of posts how about contacting the person who wrote them and asking them to guest post on your site? This can bring you some extra traffic and start building a relationship with someone you already admire (if you didn't like what they said you wouldn't have stolen their post)

    I would rewrite what you stole first though
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  • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
    Did you get permission to copy those post?
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    • Profile picture of the author mohsinmallik
      Originally Posted by Troy_Phillips View Post

      Did you get permission to copy those post?
      No. I just copied the post and pasted that into my blog.
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      • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
        Originally Posted by mohsinmallik View Post

        No. I just copied the post and pasted that into my blog.
        That is stealing. Could easily get your entire blog shut down. I would suggest getting those post off the site .. now.
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      • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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        Originally Posted by mohsinmallik View Post

        No. I just copied the post and pasted that into my blog.
        I'd be more worried about the owner issuing a DMCA to your host for ripping off their content. It doesn't belong to you. Delete it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Confined To Life
    Apparently Google online penalizes you if there's duplicate content within your site. e.g. having two pages with the same content. According to an article syndication article I read here not long ago, it's fine to copy someone else's content and post it on your blog... Although that doesn't seem right at all...
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  • Profile picture of the author WillR
    Duplicate content is having the same content more than once on the SAME website. What you are doing is known as syndication and news outlets do it every day of the week. They take news articles from websites and republish them on their own sites.

    So long as the majority of content on your blog is unique then you should have no big issues. Google knows that sometimes it makes sense to repost other people's news or opinions -- it happens in the real world too. So they aren't going to penalize you for that.

    The only thing you need to worry about when doing this is that you have permission from the content creator to be republishing their content on your website.
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    • Profile picture of the author Terry Crim
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      • Profile picture of the author WillR
        Originally Posted by Terry Crim View Post

        The news outlets don't just take content off of websites and republish them on their sites. They use syndication streams such as RSS and media sources they have rights to and publish WITH Permission and/or give credit of the source of the article and the original author of news story though the last bit sometimes doesn't happen but the source is always posted along with the story.

        They don't just take content off of sites and repost on their site as if it is their content. If they did that it would be considered theft and they could and probably would be sued for it.


        - T
        Actually, I know of several news sites that do republish content from other sites.

        As I mentioned above, so long as you have the permission to do so then it's fine. If you don't have that permission, then it's not fine.
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        • Profile picture of the author AprilCT
          mohsinmallik - did you get permission from the owners of the content to publish their work on your site? You cannot just take over someone else's content - that's called stealing. If you didn't get permission to publish these articles and the owners find out, your site could get taken down. Why put a lot of work into a site that could get wiped out?
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  • Profile picture of the author fun8848
    I think as long as you have not been complaints, your blog should be no problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gengis
    Yea man you most definitely should get permission first
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  • Profile picture of the author Irmscher
    2 or 3 duplicate articles won't hurt but mid asking why do you need them so badly?
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  • Profile picture of the author karlmay1980
    As long as you are giving credit to the original source you shouldn't have any problem with posting content from other blogs, but don't claim it to be your own work.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by karlmay1980 View Post

      As long as you are giving credit to the original source you shouldn't have any problem with posting content from other blogs, but don't claim it to be your own work.
      You know it would only take 5 minutes or less to do a Google search on copyright infringement to avoid spreading such misinformation. Try it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Troy_Phillips
      Originally Posted by karlmay1980 View Post

      As long as you are giving credit to the original source you shouldn't have any problem with posting content from other blogs, but don't claim it to be your own work.
      Pure out and out BS. You really need to stop giving advice that could get people in a world of sh!t.
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  • Profile picture of the author apnavarun
    well, google has a very superior spiders which easily detects if its a duplicate content, It will not penalize your whole website but your post will not get any importance by google bots.
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  • Profile picture of the author jclindayag
    Hi mohsinmallik!

    In regards to your question, yes, Google will be able to track down it as a duplicate content. Copy and pasting on-site content will be penalized under the terms of Google. If you steal something, it is highly advisable to rewrite your work.

    When it comes to duplicate content, content not produced within your site can be duplicated. It has no bearing as long as the content is not exactly match at your site's page content. Just think about it like a press release which generates thousands of same content.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by apnavarun View Post

      well, google has a very superior spiders which easily detects if its a duplicate content, It will not penalize your whole website but your post will not get any importance by google bots.
      Originally Posted by jclindayag View Post

      Hi mohsinmallik!

      In regards to your question, yes, Google will be able to track down it as a duplicate content. Copy and pasting on-site content will be penalized under the terms of Google. If you steal something, it is highly advisable to rewrite your work.

      When it comes to duplicate content, content not produced within your site can be duplicated. It has no bearing as long as the content is not exactly match at your site's page content. Just think about it like a press release which generates thousands of same content.
      Actually, you're both wrong. Duplicate content does not mean the same content on other sites. Duplicate content means duplicate content on the same site. Always has meant that. If you actually think there are penalties for syndicated content, you are very mistaken. Syndicated content is all over the web. Penalties come from duplicate content on one site.

      Duplicate content - Webmaster Tools Help
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Ladlee
      Originally Posted by jclindayag View Post

      If you steal something, it is highly advisable to rewrite your work.
      Or to not steal content in the first place.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alice grubb
    Even if you can get away with duplicating content from somewhere else on the web, in the end it is going to hurt you. Google is looking for QUALITY content. So while they might not penalize you for h aving duplicated stuff on your site, it is going to be lower quality than your competitors who have taken the time to put some unique, high quality stuff on their site. Lower quality means lower ranking for the most part.
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  • Profile picture of the author mohsinmallik
    Thanks a lot for all of your thoughts. I have got credited those sites as sources of the articles and also used <blockquote> code within their URL while posting them in my blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author Doppelbock
    You're asking the wrong question.

    The real questions is, "OMG HOW I FIX!?"

    Best change it bro :O
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  • Profile picture of the author tech84
    Originally Posted by mohsinmallik View Post

    Lets say, I have got a blog in which I regularly write unique contents and try to keep the useful and informative in nature. There are about 50-60 posts in my blog and I have copied 2-3 posts from other websites. Will my whole blog be penalized by google? or it will be only that post ? :confused::confused:
    No, I have gone that route before I knew anything about SEO or copyright issues.



    Only got to be informed about it when I was contacted by the owners about it, but it was no big deal.
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  • Profile picture of the author squadron
    Originally Posted by mohsinmallik View Post

    Lets say, I have got a blog in which I regularly write unique contents and try to keep the useful and informative in nature. There are about 50-60 posts in my blog and I have copied 2-3 posts from other websites. Will my whole blog be penalized by google? or it will be only that post ? :confused::confused:

    If I were you I would get rid of the articles, then summarise or review them and send links to the site that you got them from. If you are lucky, you may even get a trackback.
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    • Profile picture of the author Sheila Ross
      Originally Posted by squadron View Post

      If I were you I would get rid of the articles, then summarise or review them and send links to the site that you got them from. If you are lucky, you may even get a trackback.
      This is a very good idea I think. You should do this if you does not have faith in your own writing.
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  • Profile picture of the author perfect
    If you can, is always good to avoid duplication of content of any kind. Content is kind only when is unique.
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  • A lot of good ideas, the best of all is to invite them to guest blog on your site. They will get interested in your blog and will mention it on their site so more guest bloggers you have the more traffic you will garner. Last year I visited a blog run by an 18 year old Indian student which was PR6 and he achieved high PR and high traffic through hundreds of guest bloggers. His own content made up less than 5% of the blog.
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