I type my articles directly in to WordPress but I understand that many on WA cut and paste their articles from somewhere else.

Why do they do that? and are too many WordPress revisions to a post a negative in some way?

Thanks,




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ValerieJoy Premium
I have never typed my articles into WordPress. I used to copy and paste from Word.

I now use SiteContent which I enjoy.
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jvranjes Premium
Hi, I also write directly in WP and do not plan to change this habit.

As for revisions, please use WP-Optimize plugin, clean and then deactivate until next time. In such a way you can have your database clean.
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MozMary Premium
if my wifi laptop connection were stronger I might too, but just not an option [though others suggest they lost stuff too]
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JamesJB Premium
Hi Jovo...I've just had a look at this plugin and it looks good. I'll give it a try later on and see if it's as good as the reviews say it is. Thank you.
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jvranjes Premium
I have been using it for years. Very useful.
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Triblu Premium
Hey Howard,

SiteContent is the latest, very helpful writing tool available. You might want to check it out: Hope this helps you.
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HowardFR Premium
Hi there, Thanks so much for responding. I have one big beef about SiteContent and that's because it does not give you (unless I am doing something wrong) an option to preview how it looks on the site and I end up making revisions in WP anyway.
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Triblu Premium
It would be impossible to let you view how your post will look once posted to your website. There are sooooo many million different themes out there and each one makes posts look different than the next one.

It's a bit like the Visual tab, if you've noticed, that NEVER looks like your posts do on your website, and now you know why.

Hope this helps you.
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DaveKrigger Premium
I always write in Microsoft OneNote so that all my articles are in one place off line. I then paste text only in WP, and the formatting comes out just fine.

I have written directly to WP in the past and have had content disappear for whatever reason.

Old habits die hard I guess.
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Fleeky Premium
The editor in wp is such you have only hard breaks. On some devices, like tablets and q’artphones you can cOpy past from other sources. By doing this you avoid a bunch of one liners..
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el-jefe-Kyle Premium
I started off writing directly into WP and still do. Sometimes I'll have like 10 revisions for one post. I don't see any problem with it and do not think Google would penalize such. After all... they all lead to 1 final post. Thinking that google would penalize for it is ridiculous I think.

And as far as "duplicate content" goes, this is a grey area. If you have duplicate content on your own site, like for example all of your posts have the same conclusion, some people will say it will have a negative impact while others will say it doesn't matter. I am in the boat with people who says it doesn't matter because I do it all the time and am doing just fine.
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HowardFR Premium
I'm with you on this one.

Thanks for responding!
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DShensky Premium
I write and publish my articles directly from Wp
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HowardFR Premium
How many revisions do you have in an average post?
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katkatskitchen Premium
I can have 100 it makes no difference
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DShensky Premium
I don't do any revisions once they're written because I make sure as writing it that I get my point across
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HowardFR Premium
That's great news, thanks!
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Henry-II Premium
I’m now using SiteContent, but before SiteContent had been launched, I published my articles directly from the back office of WordPress. I usually didn’t type the articles directly at WordPress because I grammar checked them on Microsoft Word first and then I pasted them on WordPress.
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HowardFR Premium
Hi, Thanks for the response.

I mean actual revisions to the post.
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MozMary Premium
have you seen the SiteContent feature that comes with this platform, it has some extra features and eliminates the need for people to 'cut and paste' from Word or google docs, though they can still choose to do that if they like. Here is a blog series I wrote on it as to some of the advantages. I like the goal setting, the images feature now has an optiizer for jpeg, and for me in particular my laptop does not connect well with the wifi so it is safer not to write directly in wp, it does not publish and can lose a day's work

btw no one should copy and paste images directly to wordpress
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HowardFR Premium
Hi there, thanks for responding.

I have tried the SiteContent editor, but for me, it has flaws, chiefly because it does not have a live preview feature and I end up having to make revisions inside of WordPress anyway?
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JamesJB Premium
Apart from having too many WP revisions, copying and pasting articles from somewhere else, if it's not their work, is plagiarism, which is a big no-no.

Yes, too many revisions of the same article is not good for a website. It will have a negative effect on SEO caused by duplicate content.

Ideally, you will have a minimum number of revisions, say 2, just in case you lose a post you're working on. From the revisions, you can get it back. However, having multiple revisions will backfire on you.

There is a plugin, called WP Revisions Control, which you can use to limit your number of revisions.
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HowardFR Premium
Thanks for the info, I appreciate it!

But I am still a little confused on this issue. I have one article with 17 revisions and it comes up as number 1 within a Google search and others highly ranked with a similar or even higher number of revisions. How exactly do revisions penalise you?
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JamesJB Premium
I don't blame you for being confused. It's something which happens to me a great deal.

Perhaps this article can help give you a clearer picture :)

https://moz.com/learn/seo/duplicate-content
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SurfsideBob Premium
They don't Howard, they don't at all. I've been designing and publishing sites for myself and other clients for 10+ years. Write offline if you want, then paste and format in WP. It does save you the headache in case the internet connection crashes. The other positive is that, as I write a document in Word, then paste and change it in WP, I always have the original as a reference. Hope this helps.
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HowardFR Premium
Hi James,

Thanks for your comment I appreciate it.

However, I am still a little confused as to how Google sees revisions as duplicate content?

I have one article with 17 revisions, currently ranked No 1 within a Google search, and several others highly ranked with a similar number, if not higher?
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JamesJB Premium
I'm afraid I don't have the knowledge behind the mechanics of how Google sees revisions as duplicate content, but I'm glad your posts ranked high.
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MozMary Premium
I don't think revisions penalize you at all, as you and el-jefe-Kyle are seeing, however I have heard they can slow a site down so people tend to get rid for that reason, someone did a training here recently on using a plugin to get rid of them except for the last two and then you can always deactivate the plugin when not using it, as this platform also tries to minimize plugins for speed too
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HowardFR Premium
Thanks, Bob

There are a lot of differing opinions on this issue but I just don't see how it's possible not to make many revisions to a document if you want to make it as readable as possible.

Thanks for clearing this up!
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DynamicDavid Premium
The reason why I do that is because the link from my laptop to the WA could go in the middle of writing the article. In that case, I might have lost the work that I just did. It takes time and effort to write an article and I do not want to have to rewrite it if something happens. It is possible that this is something left over from earlier days when computers used to crash.

You can delete the WordPress revisions if I recall correctly. Although it is nice to be able to revert back to an earlier revision if I have to.
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MozMary Premium
oh it's not just a left over from the early days, it has happened to me this year and it's a big panic in the moment to think how to get back that lost work so that is where those revisions from autosave are handy, all is not necessarily lost, but enough to make me not write direct to wp anymore

When I am in wp I constantly save, no matter how many revisions that creates
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