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Last Update: Jan 15, 2013


I am a bit confused about the concept of duplicate content. I know Google does not like it but say you posted something in a blog where there is limited access and you later find that you would like to share that info to a wider audience, say on a webpage?

How can you do this without it being seen as duplicate content. I can’t just cite and link to the original post because access is restricted there.

This concept has me stuck because I am not sure where to put content first.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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Thanks for posting this and thanks to all who commented, very helpful,


Great question with some good information in the comments, thanks for posting this!


Thank you all who posted here. Very helpful information!

Romeo2076 raised an interesting point, I have articles that have been accepted by article sites, these articles have been copied by others and put on their sites to pad out their information. If I delete my articles from the original site where I published them am I going to be penalized if I use my article information (my copy-write after all) On a web site that I choose, to do what my article was intended for in the first place, promote a sale?

According to Google:

If you believe that another site is duplicating your content in violation of copyright law, you may contact the site’s host to request removal. In addition, you can request that Google remove the infringing page from the search results by filing a request under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

In some cases, content is deliberately duplicated across domains in an attempt to manipulate search engine rankings or win more traffic. Deceptive practices like this can result in a poor user experience, when a visitor sees substantially the same content repeated within a set of search results.

In the rare cases in which Google perceives that duplicate content may be shown with intent to manipulate rankings, Google makes appropriate adjustments in the indexing and ranking of the sites involved. As a result, the ranking of the site may suffer, or the site might be removed entirely from the Google index, in which case it will no longer appear in search results.

I would think they would be penalized and not you, since Google would know who created the article first. Google also penalizes more for duplicate content on your own website than having it duplicated elsewhere.

Even still....Duplicate content on a site is not grounds for action on that site unless it appears that the intent of the duplicate content is to be deceptive and manipulate search engine results. If your site suffers from duplicate content issues, Google simply does a good job of choosing a version of the content to show in the search results.

Content should go on your website first. The more often you update your website, the faster and higher you will rank with Google.

Okay, thank you for the reply.

No problem, happy to help! They say that content is king when it comes to your website. Writing articles is good to drive traffic to your website, but I would concentrate on your website first to make sure you have a lot of content. The more content you have, the more your readers and subscribers will want to re-visit your website.

This is what I know for duplicate content:

Google does not punish you for publishing syndicated content or for syndicating your content to others. Duplicating your own content on your own site could have negative effects and syndicating your content may mean you lose position to another website.

Consider scenario 1: You republish an article that has been syndicated by another website.

If you take syndicated articles and publish them on your site, that means Google will see two (or more) closely matching pages on two separate domain names. The articles on each page will be almost identical but perhaps the page furniture around that article may be different. That means either one of the two articles could be more relevant in search results than the other, depending on the search term used by the person carrying out a search.

Google will not see both articles and decide that the newest one deserves to be removed from the index. It will decide, based on a wide variety of factors, which article is the most relevant one to show to the searcher. Generally, all else being equal, Google will try to show the “official” original – something it identifies using a number of parameters on all copies. It is feasible that Google will display your copy of the original if it is deemed more appropriate for the searcher.

Some people may tell you that there have been cases of sites being de-listed on Google for running duplicate content. If they have been de-listed, I’d be willing to bet that it was caused by over-optimisation, bad backlink profiles and a general lack of quality and originality, rather than the fact that they were copying content.

Scenario 2: You publish an article that is then re-published by lots of other websites.

In a similar fashion to Scenario 1, Google is going to make a judgement call on your content to work out which version of a page to show. Google can’t punish you for syndicating your content, logically, because doing that would be to destroy the very notion of writing press releases.

Press releases are content that gets duplicated. They are written precisely for lots of people to republish them either in part or in full. Google would never ride roughshod over this practice by claiming there can only ever be one copy of something online.

Sorry for the long winded post, but I hope it helps!

Thanks Romeo2076 for the informative explanation on content. Very helpful so thanss much for taking the time to spell it out for me.

i've had a street article rejected for the same offense - being mine i thought it was okay to use - the point is they don't want you to use the same article more than once - if you rewrite it you should be fine or just post a link to it then you get the backlink

Thanks for letting me know that.

The question becomes does Google know the content exists. If it does then posting it elsewhere will create duplicate content.
If you could be a bit more specific about what you mean by limited access this would help us to determine if in fact this is considered duplicate content or not.

The best way to determine if Google knows about it is to copy a few key lines and place it in the Google search box. If it leads back to your content then Google has indexed it and it will be considered duplicate content.

If you would like to share it in your blog you can link to the content or copy and paste it into your blog with a reference to the original content at the end so that the attribution is given to the original content.

Thanks for the tip on searching Google. I can't be more specific because this is just a "what if" question. What I am trying to figure out is just where to put content to start. So If I understand things correctly, my first priority for content should be my website not writing articles for article sites. I am developing an authority membership site and was wondering if it would be a good idea to write articles before site launch to generate interest.
Thanks again for your input.

Get some awesome content on your site, once you have a few pages completed add a few posts. Then you can start generating articles to drive interest to your site.

You need to have somewhere on the site that provides your reader with a reason to be there. Get that in place then worry about the traffic. If you have good content and you get some links pointing to your site it will get started.

Eventually you will want to write 2 articles for every page or post but get the site established first.

Thanks again @labman

It is my own original content. Make a difference?

1.- Ask for permission to whomever wrote it.
2.- Copy and Paste and write the acknowledgment to the writer and/or article, magazine.etc.
This is I believe the best manner to act.


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