I received a PM asking for my help. That is all fine because I do love to help people. BUT, they sent me their website URL. The content was inconsistent so I checked it out for duplicate content. At least 50% of the writing is duplicate content. I did mention this to them and said that when they fix this issue we can proceed with the help.

Is there anything else I should do with this situation? I suggested they follow the training also.

Thanks for your help. This concerns me.

Laura

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ELangley1 Premium
Hello, Laura. I ran into this when trying to make comments in our site comment section. The same man had requested comments on numerous of his sites and when I noticed that he was including duplicate content on the first two of his sites, I started skipping over several of his, which affected my ranking. I think it's called cherry picking. Didn't realize until it was too late that it would affect me this way. Anyway, I didn't feel like I was supposed to give negative critique when commenting, so it sort of discourages me from participating in giving site comments.
BTW, I appreciate your question, and I am following you.
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LauraFuller Premium
Thanks for the follow back. I do hope the person who asked me for help did not realize it was duplicate content but I do highly doubt that. I asked the person some specific questions about their niche and they did not know the answers. So I doubt they did any research.

Laura
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Joezout Premium
I think the best thing to be done is to notify them that if they are going to copy content that they should be sure to make a note of the fact on their WA content site that it has been copied from such and such place. I am writing a post currently that I will use on one of my WA sites where I copied content. I made a note of that fact just below the copied content stating where I copied that content from in parentheses, Copied from) plus the copied content is in a different font.
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LauraFuller Premium
Yes I agree but to copy content and paste it to your entire site is a problem.

Laura
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Joezout Premium
I absolutely agree Laura if that is the only content, in my site, I am using it to emphasize my other personally written content. If they just copied content and that is the only content then all I can say is they are hammerheads and truly need begin their lessons from the very beginning once again, they insult WA, you, I, and all the other hard-working members.

Joe
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PamMegquier Premium
They purchased plr and didn't change anything. You might suggest that if they want to use plr that they make the wording their own.
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LauraFuller Premium
Thanks. Good suggestion.

Laura
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Triblu Premium
Hey Laura,

Good that you reaffirmed that they should be following the training... and perhaps recommend they stick with using SiteContent as that tool WILL show them when they are using duplicate content.

Hope you find this helpful.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi Trish - I have to say that the duplicate content checker in Site Content doesn't work as well as it should.

I offer feedback on a regular basis and often discover duplicate content, and yet the member states they have used Site Content.

I have also experimented with deliberately putting copied content on my practice site and it hasn't been picked up.

Plus, even if it does find it, if you click publish a second time, it allows it through. It doesn't stop the content being published, it just notifies you.
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LauraFuller Premium
Thanks for your reply. It looks like I have done what I need to do in this situation.

Laura
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LauraFuller Premium
Hey Diane, The content was copied and pasted from posts already published on the website. So even if they are using site content they had to have copied it and put it into there so they know it is plagiarism. Or at least they know now.

But that is not a good thing that site content is not picking up duplicate content.

I found it by checking it on google.

Thanks for your help.

Laura
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Triblu Premium
Hey Diane,

Have you reached out to Carson in a PM to let him know of what you have experienced?

Personally, I have not used SiteContent as I have been writing my own content for several years and am well aware of the need for unique content.

SiteContent was working properly initially. Am betting some of the many ongoing updates that have been taking place with the WA membership site has caused the issue you described.
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DianeScorpio Premium
Hi - I mentioned it to Kyle when he was asking for suggestions on how to improve Site Content earlier this year, so hopefully, it has been taken on board.
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Triblu Premium
Good stuff Diane!
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jlclayton1 Premium
If they wanted general help with their site, you gave them the best advice. A site with that much duplicate content is not going to rank well and produce results.

Other than that, they would need to give you specific questions to be able to help further. It's good that they're reaching out for advice, and I want to thank you for being a member that helps others!

Janelle
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LauraFuller Premium
Janelle, You are welcome

Laura
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