I have a website with a frequently asked question page ( FAQ ). I find it works well in providing information for visitors, that one-stop-shop. So I had a brainwave and thought that I would turn them into a post that I would pin at the top of the blog section to read like a question and answer post; to make it even easier for visitors to find relevant information.

So the FAQ page would remain as it is a lead-in for visitors, answering questions before they think of them lol; the post will be a copy of the FAQ page, also looking at the possibility of turning that into a downloadable PDF. So if visitors feel the need, they can download that information directly from the post.

The issue that has been pointed out to me is that of screaming duplicate content; Google may look at it as being spammy as well. So doubling up on content would rank up there on that count?

The FAQ page is ranking; there may be a risk of devaluing that by doubling up? But, then again, it may be useful for visitors.

Any advice and opinions will be greatly received; thank you in advance.

Ah, the FAQ page runs out at 1500 words so a reasonable length.



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Triblu Premium
Hey Alex,

What if you answered the question briefly, as well as you would by, say, telephone and then provide "For More Details" text link to your post.

That way, you are helping those who want a quick answer and those who want to understand better without duplicating your content.

Just a thought...

Hope this helps you.
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AlexEvans Premium
Hello, Trish, thank you for sharing your insights. That is a great idea, I was thinking along those lines. Just couldn't get it nutted out in my head.
Alex
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Dhind1 Premium
I like Diane's answer. It is very interesting. I also have a FAQ page and this is good to know.

Alex
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Alex, I agree; I am just revising, so it is good to know the various possibilities.
Alex
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jvranjes Premium
Hi Alex, no need to duplicate it. Change that page to post and put it as you described, as a sticky post. Another option - some themes (like Metro Pro) allow for several static blocks/elements (pages) added on the home page, and below it there is the usual blog roll. I use this in a couple of sites.
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Jovo, good to see you, hope that you are traveling well. I was thinking along those lines; at one point, thank you for chiming in. I hadn't thought about putting it on the home page, an excellent strategy.
Alex
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - you may wish to read the following article which states "If entire pieces of content on a site are duplicated then Google will rank one and not show the other. Multiple copies of the same page does not send negative ranking signals."

https://www.searchenginejournal.com/google-duplicate-content-is-not-a-negative-ranking-factor/394321/
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AlexEvans Premium
Top of the range, Diane, just what I was looking for, much appreciated.
Alex
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1Rudy1 Premium
You could change your faq page into your home page. That is not duplicating content, just moving it.
Or, add a lnk for the faq page onto your home page. That way, you don't have to move the faq page.

Glad to hear your faq is doing well.

Rudy
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AlexEvans Premium
Hi Rudy, I really like the way you think, thank you for sharing your insights, some food for thought. I am treading with caution which is unusual for me. Don't want to muck things up. That saying, " if it ain't broke don't fix it" is blaring out at 200 dbl's.
Alex
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1Rudy1 Premium
If you are familiar with doing A/B testing, that is an option to try setting the FAQ page as the home page for say, 7 days.

Just an idea.

Rudy
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AlexEvans Premium
Awesome idea, Rudy, thank you.
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