Hey guys -

I was curious to know if it's okay to add testimonials to our blog? I want to make sure this isn't any kind of plagiarism?

For instance, I wrote a review for a ClickBank product, and the vendor provided us with a lot of marketing materials. I noticed that they have lots of testimonials.

If we use already existing testimonials on our site, does that lower our rankings in any way? Like cause we're using existing content word for word?

I never even thought about it til a few days ago...I've seen lots of testimonials on other sites, but thought to ask in case it's something we need to pay attention to.

Thanks!

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JeannineC Premium
If the testimonials are provided by the advertiser, then they probably have all of the necessary legal docs in place to do so. If you have your own testimonials, you must have permission from someone to do so. Then only at most use their first name and initial letter of last name. You can say the city/state they live in, but I wouldn't add anything more.
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jghwebbrand Premium
We use Colton James suggestion.
We do screen shots and make sure the testimony name and website where it came from are included. The in our own words introduce it or summarize or write a conclusion about it.

That eliminates duplicate content and gives credit where credit is due.
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ptdata Premium
Thank you! That’s the route I was planning as well - seems simple enough plus it’s pretty much doing what I wanted anyway
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jghwebbrand Premium
Yes it certainly does.
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Hi

So the testimonials on the vendor are theirs i.e. not part of the material.

I just think everything has to be original written in their own words, and with their acknowledgement.

Sites who do services or ecommerce do have testimonials form folks whom they have helped and asked for a testimonial. Lots folks also like to share their experiences.

Hope that sheds more light. It can interest other visitors and trust in your business | blog.
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ptdata Premium
Yes this is helpful - I may also just reach out to the vendor - they did say on their sales page that we are free to use whatever we like - maybe a good idea to just always keep in contact with them in the first place is good practice
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AbieAJ Premium Plus
Still I'd follow on the small print if I am allowed to take screenshots, certainly no harm asking. However, as you say it may be okay.

So very welcome.

Much obliged and best wishes.
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ptdata Premium
Yes I will follow to ask about that - also just good to know for the future as well
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ColtonJames Premium
If you wanted to use the exact testimonials from the product page, you could take a screenshot of those testimonials and use the screenshot on your website and then go over those reviews in your own words or simply display them as is. Maybe in a caption mentioning "Here are the REAL testimonials!"

You never want to copy/paste the actual text from any type of content. But a screenshot of those reviews/testimonials would not hinder you. Google will not see a screenshot as plagiarism.

Hope this helped a bit!
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ptdata Premium
Ah okay good to know - I’ll make sure to do screenshots - that’s easy enough - I wasn’t sure what the rules were around this - very helpful thanks!
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