The Duplicate Content - A Myth?

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In the internet marketing communities are a lot of peoples who discourage the use of the opportunities that PLR articles provide, mentioning the potential problems that search engines may have with the same content being used on more than one website.

Since search engines can compare the text in pages and have the algorithms to determine whether 2 pages are copies of each other, there are fears that PLR articles will get you hit with duplicate content penalties.

There are many popular websites that contain duplicate content and are not penalized for it (news aggregators, community blogs, etc). A lot of peoples prefer re-posting articles from other websites. If search engines penalize websites in the moment they find that one web-page is an identical copy of another, article directories would have become completely pointless and useless a long time ago. And yet they are most popular then ever.

Of course, if you're only going to use duplicate content, then your site will be penalized. But duplicate content mixed with unique content is prevalent on very successful websites on the internet.
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  • Profile picture of the author GoldReaper
    Absolutely! Only if you duplicate content on one site. Like have the same article on 3 different pages, then you'll get penalized. Dup content is a fat myth.
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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    Another pitfall is when you try to make a site that is composed almost entirely of duplicate content.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    1. Duplicate content penalty is a Myth with Article Marketing.. This is a proven fact!
    2. You can use the same content on the same domain twice.. This is a proven fact!
    3. You can dominate googles front page with the same article posted on different article directories... This is a proven fact!

    Dup content comes into play when you try to trick the search engines by creating many different "doorway" pages and etc on the same domain name.

    James
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  • Profile picture of the author askloz
    sure, there's no penalty in duplicate content if one were to post to numerous article directories... but let me ask you all this who still to this day waste their time doing this.

    ONLY 1 of those articles is going to count as a backlink, and only one of those articles is gonna rank.. so why waste ones time with say 200 duplicate posts to get backlinks for the sake of being lazy, when it only takes approx 5-15 minutes to re-write about 1000 of them, blasting 20-50 out a day to article directories and making those links count.
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Heron
      Originally Posted by askloz View Post

      sure, there's no penalty in duplicate content if one were to post to numerous article directories... but let me ask you all this who still to this day waste their time doing this.

      ONLY 1 of those articles is going to count as a backlink, and only one of those articles is gonna rank.. so why waste ones time with say 200 duplicate posts to get backlinks for the sake of being lazy, when it only takes approx 5-15 minutes to re-write about 1000 of them, blasting 20-50 out a day to article directories and making those links count.
      This is actually incorrect. You can rank two identical articles just fine, and receive backlinks from them both. You can rank 10 identical article just fine, and receive ten backlinks from them.

      Provided each article has enough keyword authority vested into it to be worthwhile, having backlinks from multiple, identical articles, is better than having backlinks from one.
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  • Profile picture of the author findtips
    Along the lines of the duplicate content myth, it is also a myth that you will always get penalized for what is now called "spamming your meta tags" or using rows of text in the body. I have some older sites where we left the tags "spammed" when it then became unacceptable to do so. We were never penalized for it and this has continued on for years. We also just put up a brand new site with rows of keywords in succession (to use in an index fashion) and we're not being penalized. The lesson here IMO is that everything is relative. I believe it comes back to balance and intent. I think Google's bots are smart enough to recognize patterns of people trying to dupe the system. Otherwise, if you just have a few things here and there that might under normal circumstance be considered "unacceptable", it doesn't really seem to matter.
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  • Profile picture of the author ONOFFMarketing
    Duplicate content is a SEO disease that IMO is way overrated. Originality only counts mostly with your readership. The internet is big, duplicate content will not hurt you as much as is stated. If anything, the negative results of duplicate content are far outweighed by the benefit of additional exposure on multiple article sites. Catch my drift? Lose 1, gain 2.
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  • Profile picture of the author SeanIM
    I love how a good friend of mine, Howie Schwartz puts it....

    "My bank account apparently doesn't give a crap about duplicate content..."

    or something to that affect.



    Personally, I'm a bit more of a control freak about things I publish so I like to ensure things are changed up....that being said I bet Howie's bank account is prettier than mine....lol
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  • Profile picture of the author findtips
    lol... that's funny Sean. It makes me think of that old saying, "I'm laughing all the way to the bank."
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  • Profile picture of the author eseller17
    I think there is no penalty on dup content, however the dup page itself will not do well in serp
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  • Profile picture of the author riolas
    It is not a Myth.

    You will get a backlink but if there are many duplicates of the original, you WILL NOT go in standard search. You will be put in the sites with similar content as the end of the search results.
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  • Profile picture of the author askloz
    lol, i thought it was good for your eye sight
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  • Profile picture of the author arturus
    Thanks Smokey_Joe I'll take a look
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  • Profile picture of the author TheCren
    Duplicate content on your own site is what makes the SEs unhappy. If you use WordPress beware! There are plugins to fix that though: Duplicate Content Cure Plugin
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  • Profile picture of the author raphaelgaga
    Question: If I write 1 article and then use it to build a Squidoo, Hubpage, Wetpaint pages, etc., all using the exact same article... each one pointing back to my main website... am I just wasting my time? Or is the consensus here that as long as that same article is spread across a number of web properties, that it won't be detrimental?
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    • Profile picture of the author Steven Heron
      Originally Posted by raphaelgaga View Post

      Question: If I write 1 article and then use it to build a Squidoo, Hubpage, Wetpaint pages, etc., all using the exact same article... each one pointing back to my main website... am I just wasting my time? Or is the consensus here that as long as that same article is spread across a number of web properties, that it won't be detrimental?
      Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be a consensus, but I can tell you that it will be beneficial, and neither useless nor detrimental.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jenie0109
    you'll get sandboxed..thats a fact!
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  • Profile picture of the author Siko
    Due to my 3rd language speaking English after Romanian and German, I searched a lot to know if google penalty is put on the sites which use plr content without rewriting it and apparently it does not! You only get penalized if you use multiple duplicated pages on your own domain and try to fool google for higher ranking!

    But i felt bad for using dup plr content on my site so I had it removed! I don't know why but i just felt bad.

    Cristian Braicu!
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Heron
    I really don't know why these new people to the forum bump up their post count with such useless, false advice. It really just confuses the OP.

    Please, if you don't know what you're talking about, don't confuse others.
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