Will there be a problem with plagiarism if I use technical product specifications from the manufacturer or Amazon? If I credit the specs to the manufacturer or Amazon make it okay? Rewording the specs in different language changes the meaning.

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j52powell Premium
From the advice I have received here, it seems it is acceptable to Google to use technical specifications in posts.

Based on advice I also received I used copyscan.com to check my posts for plagiarism. All the technical specifications showed up and a lot of other stuff. Lots of words and phrases were used by many others. In fact for my descriptions of the purposes and definitions of the scuba equipment I am promoting I can see many, many websites I never consulted use a lot of the exact same terminology and wording.

I went back through my 27 posts to date and scoured them of everything, except the technical specifications, which usually appear as lists. Even within the lists I eliminated any sort of promotional type words like "great" or other descriptive terms. This took day and night for two days to do.

The reason I got into this was my concern for not having many of my posts indexed at Google and the fact that the fetch google part of the search console was not functioning correctly for me, from what I could tell.

Now I go to the search console and it indicates none of my posts are indexed and similarly I am not getting much out of the fetch google function. There is not warning saying I have been blocked or anything of that nature.

On Google Analytics the usual volume of traffic is still appearing.

So, I am wondering, am I now screwed? Someone yesterday said that when Google detects plagiarism, they just shut you out and will not index you. Is that where I stand now?

I would appreciate further advice.
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j52powell Premium
I mean to say "fetch as google".
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onmyownterms Premium
Whoever told you that is misinformed. Two things cannot be copyrighted - ideas and facts. You have duplicated facts, there is nothing to worry about.
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j52powell Premium
Thanks. That makes it simple.
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onmyownterms Premium
You're welcome.
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Igor13 Premium
Google is very difficult to understand for the external audience. Sometimes, new posts end up in the "Sandbox", before indexed. Actually, the internet is full of "almost duplicated content!" Many writers are searching for content, re-editing it and then posting as own. same appears in the offline world as well.

So, the best should be to write completely unique content. If you update or re-edit someone's content, it can happen that the plagiarism check is not made or was not that detailed, what in return can come out as a partially duplicated content.

There are various quality plagiarism checkers out there.

You may use many of them. If the article or post was written properly and as a unique content, I don't see a problem with it.

regarding the Search Console and Analytics, I think that, unless you have really huge traffic, worrying too much about the statistics at this point is not that important or worth.

Best regards!
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j52powell Premium
Thanks a lot.
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Igor13 Premium
You are welcome!
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mbouteiller Premium
Hi Joe,

I remember reading something somewhere here... I think it came from Kyle.

Anyway, this person said that it was ok to copy the specs. As long as you still write content around it. Don't take my word on it... maybe ask Kyle.

Hopefully, you get more responses here on it.

Monica
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j52powell Premium
Thanks. Running by the plagiarism scan, though, it shows up there.

I thought I remembered that from Kyle, also.
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mbouteiller Premium
You're welcome, if I find it, I'll let you know.
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j52powell Premium
Thanks. I really appreciate you looking out for me.
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mbouteiller Premium
Hey Joe,

Check this out... it's a comment from Labman... Monica
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j52powell Premium
Thanks a lot. That will really help.
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mbouteiller Premium
You're welcome Joe!
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ABerkeley1 Premium
I would strive to write something fresh about any product associated with my website. Put my own spin on new products. There will be pertinent information that will resemble what the owners of the product have in the own presentation. Let's be original!
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j52powell Premium
Thanks. I strive for a new spin and my own expertise where I have it.
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VictorF22 Premium
I would personally not use the exact description that they have on their website. You obviously have to give most of the details that they have on their website (size, colors, and so on) but on the review you can include some of that information. I would say the most important piece of information is the Pros and Cons; if your visitors trust you, they will make decisions based on that. They can find product specifications on the actual product's website.
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j52powell Premium
Thanks.

What I am thinking of are a list of specifications like the technical features of a camera. I notice other websites often use these. You actually cannot change the terms and keep the meaning. You could reorganize them, change the punctuation, etc., but I don't know if that would be enough to get past the plagiarism scanners at google.
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VictorF22 Premium
I understand.
I'm sure another experienced member will get back to you.
I would some of that information to write about the product.

However, if other websites have that, maybe you can just site it and that could be enough.
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giyaya1 Premium
Great question. Yes I have been struggling on how to make referrals to products outside WA

Charles
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