Duplicate Content vs Syndication

Last Update: November 03, 2013

I have an issue with Wealthy Affiliate.

Nothing really serious and in no way am I bad-mouthing this awesome community. But I recently went through an experience with the administrators that I want to share with everyone to keep them from making the same mistake I did. I also want to open this topic up for discussion and debate so any comments you have on this topic would be greatly appreciated.

I had a blog post removed this morning. I subsequently received a personal message from Kyle stating that the reason he removed the post was because WA does not allow for duplicate content and that in the future I should refrain from this practice.

For those who don't know, duplicate content is a nice way of defining plagiarism. In essence, you have taken someone else's work and posted it as your own with the purpose of manipulating the search engines to get more traffic. Google takes this very seriously and if Google catches you doing this, they can, and often do, de-index your site.So it is obvious why the post was taken down by the administrators.

What's not obvious is the reason I posted the article. So let me be clear - I do not plagiarize articles. Everything I have ever written has been from my own 'hand' as a result of the hours, day, weeks, and months, of improving my writing skill. Proficiency in writing is an essential skill for Internet marketers because it is the primary means to convey your message. Without original, engaging content, your chances of running a successful blog are next to none.

The article in question was actually a re-post of an article I'd written previously on another site. As stated in previous posts, I am a paid member of several Internet marketing communities and have purchased thousands of dollars in courses. What I did was take my original article for one audience and presented it here for an entirely different audience because I felt that this community could benefit from the post as well.

They have a term for this and it's called syndication. As the author of said post, I should have the right to distribute that article across as many platforms as I choose. Press releases are a great example of this. There are exact word-for-word press releases that get distributed across thousands of sites daily. Companies pay big money to have their articles syndicated in order to reach larger audiences. Google does not penalize sites for this and the practice is actually encouraged in other internet marketing courses.

Regardless of how I feel, the rules are the rules so I must oblige. So I apologize to the WA community for posting duplicate content according to Kyle's interpretation. I just wanted to explain my reasoning and rationale and I promise that this will not happen again.

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khoom Premium
Can I ask a question? If I have a blog on my website and I want to submit to some article directory like Ezine, I am not suppose to do so, is that correct?
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Ithamar Premium
Yes you can! In fact they have a Wordpress plugin that allows your posts to be automatically submitted to ezine articles. But we are talking about WA rules as far as duplicate content. You cannot post any article on this site that is somewhere else on the internet. By the same token, you cannot post an article on this site, then post it somewhere else. The same goes for Street Articles.

But Ezine articles allows you to post your own content from your blog.
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khoom Premium
OK, I got it. Thanks.
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@RICH. Premium
It's pretty simple. WA and K&C themselves have neither the time nor the inclination to "police" duplicate content, whether it's just stolen or distributed by the author. The system deletes duplicate content as spam and notifies K&C. All content at WA has to be original, ie. not published elsewhere, likewise you are not permitted to publish content here and then reuse it elsewhere. Street Articles has the same policy. The No-No rules are here:
https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/wealthy-affiliate-the-open-education-project/spam-is-a-no-no :) Rich.
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Ithamar Premium
Thank you for clarifying this...although I wasn't promoting anything :P
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@RICH. Premium
You obviously didn't read #2 and #3. :) R.
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Ithamar Premium
I read them, but I read them implicitly as well as explicitly. The purpose of the rule is to protect the community from spam and self promotion, which I get. I am fine with the rule, just also stating that I wasn't promoting anything, just gave good content.
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@RICH. Premium
Yup, but it was copied from elsewhere, which is a "No-No", otherwise WA would be awash with stolen content, potentially nicked from sources who might well defend their copyright, etc. It's why a repeat violation can trigger a write ban. There's no way to police content unless Kyle & Carson were willing to manually check each piece themselves. I rather think they've got far better things to do, hence the blanket rule. :) Rich.
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Ithamar Premium
I get that and I have no problem with that. I wrote this post for the sole purpose of getting clarification, which you have generously supplied, so I thank you.
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lrasmus294 Premium
Just a note to add here. There are many e-zine articles that want you to re-post their material. As long as you have permission from them to do so its ok to use on your blog. One must give the author credit for his.her writing and link back to their post. I have used this method to provide helpfull information on my blog.
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Ithamar Premium
You are absolutely correct. But what's the procedure for giving yourself permission to re-post your own article? LOL
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lrasmus294 Premium
LOL interesting thought.
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MsMoneyHoney Premium
If you want others to publish your posts, then you should create your RSS feed and share that link on your blog. If you wish to share your personal blog post with WA members and/or readers, then you can write a short post here on WA explaining about your post but without using a live link or self-promotional language.

I've seen other members who have written about a recent post they want to share. You can share live links on "Share your beautiful content" and the "Give and Take" pages, but if you're not asking for comments or feedback, then you can just explain the gist of your article and invite readers to visit your blog - again - without using live links.

Although I have seen members using live links in WA posts, I am not familiar with what happens when they do.
~MMH
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stevelaird Premium
Your intent was definitely a noble one.
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Ithamar Premium
Thank you for your kind words.
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michael2013 Premium
Ithamar. I had something a little different happen when I wrote an article for Street Articles. I was not allowed to publish it because of duplicate content. I quoted and gave reference to an author of a book. It so happened that someone else wrote a blog that used the same quote by the same author, thus I couldn't publish it. I understand why the rules are there and it certainly must be frustrating when you want to reference your own work. I hope this can be worked out in the system, but keep moving forward because you bring value to our community.
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Ithamar Premium
Thanks for the input. I've been doing this too long to let it set me back...lol. Looks like I have to dust off the old school article spinner..lol!
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