Duplicated Posts

Last Update: April 26, 2019

Today I would like to offer some information that may be of help to the WA community.

It is wonderful to see so many people blogging and I enjoy all the various genres of content. I am always gaining new knowledge or motivation, from the stories that I read each day.

Now, I have just recently noticed, how many new members are eager to show their written website content here, and who do not realise, the ramifications of what that means for their work.

To clarify this I will give you the following scenario.

Two days ago, I was helping my cousin build her first website, and assisting with questions that she had with our OEC WA training.

She wanted me to show her how to use Site Content and with placing images into her content.

I was trying to explain to her, how to avoid duplicating content. As an example, I asked her to place the same image, and her profile content without editing in her personal WA profile, within her 'About Me' page.

As she clicked on the 'publish' button, a pop up showed up warning that the material about to be published had duplicated content. Obviously, it was the image she used from her profile.

My cousin was very happy that I showed her this, and will avoid duplicaing/copying information from now on.

If you are new, or did not know this (all mentioned in our training), I suggest that, if you want to mention your own site information, that it would be better, for you to give a summary of what you have written, and not just copy/paste/write what you intend to place in your website into your WA blogs.

You need to realise that any content we create or add in this community whether in our comments or WA blogs are indexed/ranked as part of the WA site. The whole world gets to read it as well.

They become duplicates, and may not help your ranking with the search engines.

The information you added, becomes a tool for the whole WA community to share and, to promote WA.

This is the reason why, every member's blog or training has an affiliate $ icon above it, so that we can use someone else's blog/training with our own affiliate links to promote WA.

You can try and delete your blogs, but that also affects your ranking in WA, because you will be removing any community comments etc, also.

I am sorry if this blog of mine has come too late for some of you and it is not to discourage you from sharing your stories here, it is just so that you understand why our content/images must be unique, and not just copied.

The search engines will notice and it will affect your site ranking.

I am not sure why some members post a copy of their site contents, but I am assuming some, wish to get feedback before they publish. If this is, the reason, then again I suggest using Site Feedback, or asking someone here to look at it for you, and provide an honest review.

Please let me know if you need clarification or have any questions.

Saane

If you still think I made this up please see this link from Kyle's training for further clarification https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/wealthy-affiliate-t...

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Fmutua Premium
Hi
Thank you for this very clear and informative post.Only that i need help on how to add links to my already published post, without unpublishing and republishing.The option of editing is not working for me could be there is something i haven't learnt on how add links on the editing page.
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Derrence Premium
Hi Fmutua.

To add link to your post hi-lite a word or phrase in your post. Then go to the link icon at top and click on it. Then you will see a box appear underneath the word or phrase you hi-lighted where you can put in the (url http://.....)where you want your link to go.
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thank you for your excellent reply 🙂
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SnazzyIT Premium
Hi thank you, I believe Derence has given you the best answer to your question 😉
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Fmutua Premium
Thank you let me try i see how it goes, if i get stack hope am welcome to ask more
Nice time.
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Fmutua Premium
Hi,
Kindly shed some more light. i meant if i would like to add a link on an already published post within the content, is it possible and may be guide on how to do it .I have tried on the edit post but it did not work.
thank you for your previous response
Felistus.
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are welcome ☺️
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SnazzyIT Premium
Yes you can add same links in your old posts. Most people cloak it. You need to first highlight the words to cloak your link (for example you highlight a product or a resource you named), click on the small chain icon/image on your edit page within your WordPress dashboard, and should give you a drop down box to add your URL address (copied and pasted from another open tab, of the link you want to use, i.e https://....). Then you click on the arrow in the drop down box to save it. The words will be highlighted and you need to update your edit page and go and check to see if it works, in your actual site. If you click on the words and the tab opens up to your copied URL link, then it works.

This part is in the training lesson two/three Kyle actually shows it step by step.
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Fmutua Premium
Thankyou so much i will try this.i will also go back to refresh my understanding on lesson three.
thanks a lot
felistus
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SnazzyIT Premium
No problem my friend, I have to constantly go back all the time 😆
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Maximus343 Premium
Hi Saane

It was providential that I read your blog because I have been thinking about duplication. I have just finished level 1 of the training and because my niche is so unlike the sports niche of Kyle, I have to my mind, done a poor job of my first post. I now wish to substantially rewrite it. It has of course been published and my question is: after publication, was my original post recorded somewhere by Google? Because I shall now use sections of it in other posts and will that now cause duplication?

Haha, I must sound like a real numpty! Would it perhaps be better if I just wiped everything out of the original post?

Thanks Saane.
Yours aye,
Maximus
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SnazzyIT Premium
Hi Maximus, you can trash it if was published or just click on change it back to a draft, in Wordpress and thus un- publishing it. It may have been ranked but you can check this in your site content (assuming you saved a copy in there). If the Google icon is on that post then it was Google indexed/ ranked. If so, your removing it may have an impact, especially if it had traffic and comments from people on it, but you can just rebuild the rank of you create a new post. Hope that helps ☺️
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Maximus343 Premium
Thanks Saane, I shall follow your advice, I like the route of changing it back to a draft in Wordpress. Thank you again.
Yours aye.
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SnazzyIT Premium
Again you are most welcome :)
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Hmp1 Premium
Thanks for writing this. I was kind of wondering about this topic. I see a lot of people doing it and some of them are very experienced and successful so I was thinking maybe I should follow suit.

I'm going to rethink that now. Seems like I might just stick to what I'm doing and not put duplicate content out there.

Thanks again!
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are new and not to be blamed. Shame on the mature members though, and I get what you mean. Yes, don't follow them.
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RosanaHart Premium
One thing: I wouldn't hesitate to use my profile photo on more than one website, though I might well resize it and/or trim it differently and give it a different name. For example , the image for this picture of me with a scarf on could be myname.jpg or mynamewithscarf.jpg for variety.
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thanks Rosana, my cousin is new and only just started the OEC training. I was trying to make a point about duplicating not overwhelm her. However, you and Sara have made your points about images.

This post really is for new members copying and pasting a whole article including links from their websites or site contents.

Have a great day anyway :)
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PeteWeaver Premium
Thanks Saane,

About a week ago, I posted about some of my ideas here that I'll be putting on my blog. I can write a better post on my website.

Remember, we have SiteContent that will help us create original content at all times.

Thanks for the post

Pete Weaver
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thanks Pete for your comment :)
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tbowyer Premium
Hi Saane.

Didn't know about this (not that I'd share anything from my website, who'd be interested in a dry tome about software?) but now that I do know, I'll avoid the pitfall even in hitherto unforeseen circumstances. [Hmm. I must learn to write shorter sentences.]

Thanks for sharing.

Regards,
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SnazzyIT Premium
Lol, always a pleasure Tayo and thanks ;)
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LadyLou Premium
I have only just found out that our blogs here on WA can be ranked on google ( I asked a question earlier about the stats on the WA referels programme.)
Interesting that any content that is copy/pasted will pop up as duplicate content.
I have no reason to copy content from my website to a blog on WA but will bear this in mind for any different website I might have in the future.
Thank you
Lou
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are welcome ☺️
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SaraStorey Premium
The same pictures are not duplicate content, as if it was all the copyright free photos everyone uses from the copyright free websites would be no no's and we all do it. The duplicate content is related to using the same article twice. Duplicate content would be copy and pasting my exact article twice on both of my pages. I can use a portion of that post or change the words around a bit, and I am fine. The training talks about not using duplicate posts and having original content. Images are not the whole post. Also, we use logos and I use that logo everywhere to draw people to my site. If that logo which is a picture and published everywhere was a duplicate thing I wouldn't be indexed at all.
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thank you Sara, the image my cousin used is of her kids.That is not a WA image or from any other program, it is unique to her.

Also, she wrote an about me page, using the exact content in her profile. I did not clarify that, so edited it at the top.

I was with her in her home, when she did this.

Yes this discussion is about copied content/posts as I mentioned many new people are doing exactly that, if you actually read the blogs.

Logos are used to promote WA. That is okau. They are copyrighted to WA and we use them to promote it using directive links etc to point to WA. Our blogs also become promotional tools for WA.


I have added the link to the blog for any clarification.
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SaraStorey Premium
I use the same photo of myself all the time, and that has never happened. I would say there was a glitch somewhere or something.
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SnazzyIT Premium
Please read my blog again, you are stuck on images
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RosanaHart Premium
Perfect! If I had read this far down earlier, I wouldn't have added my two cents similar to this.
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SnazzyIT Premium
Your two cents was accepted thanks
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RosanaHart Premium
I appreciated how very thorough you were with your cousin.
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ericcantu Premium
The duplicate content warning you see in Site Content is really a tool to stop people from literally copying and pasting content from one site to their own. As long as you've written all the content yourself and it came from your brain, even if it were to give you a warning, you're not doing anything wrong and you'll be fine.

With regards to images, there's nothing wrong with using your profile image or any image really both at WA and on your content. So don't be afraid of doing that. :)

Also, all the content you write here (blogs, videos, tutorials, training) is your own. It's not the property of WA once you hit publish. For example, if I created a video tutorial training and published it here and then decided to publish it to YouTube and monetize it, that's totally fine because it's my own content. WA couldn't say it's their property.
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SnazzyIT Premium
Hi Eric, sorry I missed a bit when writing about the image lol. Thanks for pointing it out.

So you are saying that what we learn in training is incorrect?...also it's okay for people to post a whole article including links to outside sites, that they have in their website as well (spam?) Just seems contradictory.

It's not only site content but how we are ranked in Google, because everything we post here is indexed already.

See
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ericcantu Premium
I'm not contradicting anything from the training. The training here is spot on. And I never said anything about posting your website articles to WA. That wouldn't even make sense. :)

What I'm saying is in my experience I've never worried even a second about duplicate content because I know I'm creating my content with my brain, and when you do that, you're good to go :)
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SnazzyIT Premium
I just clarified the image bit, I missed the bit where she used her profile word for word. So that was my wrong.

This is for newbies Eric, who I've seen literally copying their whole post. Tim has just admitted that in a new blog post, that he did this morning.

He actually refers to my comment I left him, before I wrote this.
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ericcantu Premium
I totally understand. Don't worry. :)

There's really nothing wrong with copying your entire WA profile word for word to your website either. I don't know why you would, but it's really nothing to worry about. You're not duplicating anyone else's work. It's not that different than writing a book report and then turning it in again the next year. The teacher wouldn't accuse you of copying, she'd just question why you didn't take the opportunity to make it better, know what I mean? Similarly, Google wouldn't have any need to rank two identical posts by the same author. Ranking one would be fine, but they're not going to bring the hammer down on you either. But really, my whole point is that it's important to remove unnecessary pressures where there don't need to be any, that's all :)

Lots of new members freak out about duplicate content and when you're the author it's not really anything to worry about.

And copying a website post word for word with outside links and pasting it to a WA blog post would really be more a spam issue just like you mentioned.

You're a huge help to the community and always looking to help! Keep it up! You're an asset here :)
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thanks Eric, sorry for any confusion in my blog and didn't want to offend you in anyway, if that's how I came out ☺️ I apologise.
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Pamela-C Premium
Great advice, as usual, Saane. I did not know this in the beginning either and made the mistake of duplicating. I think some newbies, myself included worry so much about our writing the perfect content for our site that we get distracted. We try to go through the training too fast and miss important steps or advice given. I have learned to just let go and since I mostly use speech to text, I have found that my content gets indexed much faster and I get better results as a whole.A very important lesson I have learned in creating my content is to just be myself

Thanks for sharing your words of wisdom :)
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zafady Premium
Thanks for that image.. :-)))
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Derrence Premium
Thank you Snazzy. Very helpful.

I write a lot of posts that I would like to share with WA members and want also to put them on my website.

This is a spam no no according to WA rules. See rule 3 on page 6, Spam is a NO NO here: I realized this would be considered duplicate content by the search engines, so I post the article on my website and not also on my blog posts here at WA.

I then ask members to go to my website if they want to read my posts.
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thanks Derrence, I have added the link to the blog, so people can see for themselves. Apparently some disagree lol
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CandP Premium
Hi Saane. We agree with everything you have said generally about duplicate content but have a query about the repeated use of images. Our understanding is that images themselves are not considered duplicate content. If they were then, for instance, every time we used one of the free images in SiteContent (and which will likely have been used multiple times before by others) it would be considered duplicate content.
Did we misunderstand what you were saying?
Colette and Philip
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SnazzyIT Premium
Sorry guys I will edit that as people will get confused. However, she used her own family image, not one from a program. Thanks for pointing this out.
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CandP Premium
Please don't apologize, we just wanted to be sure we weren't misunderstanding what you were saying. It's a really good post.
Colette and Philip
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SnazzyIT Premium
You are dears ☺️
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KC1953 Premium
Didn't know but good to know. Got a question though. I have a current website and like the content but I want to change the name of the biz and just move the content to the new site. If I remove the content, delete the old site, then put the content on the new site, that would avoid the duplicate content issue, correct?
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AffMktgRt Premium
I do believe that there is an option to duplicate your WordPress site and then use a different name and domain name for it. I know that Wix.com offers that option.

I think you should do that first and then delete the old one.

As to the content being duplicate in the end of that process, I think that others here can answer that question. I personally would think that it will be duplicate content since it has been previously published, however, I can be wrong in that assumption.

Blessings!
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thank you ☺️
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SnazzyIT Premium
Yes you can move your old content over to a new site. However, just deleting and copying will have a negative impact on your ranking. You need a redirect code for the search engines. I did one just last week, here is my blog question, some members gave me good advice that may help you too
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KC1953 Premium
Thanks. I'll check it out
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KC1953 Premium
Thanks
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Chris181 Premium
Wise words Snazzy! It's not something I do but I'll definitely keep it in mind.

One thing though, if you don't mind? Is it wise for someone to blog on WA about their specific ideas for their website. Niche ideas, keyword research etc? I am a trusting person but have you heard of anyone's ideas being stolen or copied?
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thank you, and your question is a valid one. I have helped people with their niche ideas, and found that the many who PM do so, because they don't want their ideas stolen. Some are quite happy to share openly, but there have been cases of websites being hacked and copied.

I suggest being wise, even in WA. Spammers have become quite smart, and if your specific niche site has a high ranking it can be a target.

Just keep your great ideas to yourself and share general information about them.
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Chris181 Premium
Thanks a lot Snazzy. You confirmed what I was thinking.

Have a great day!
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AffMktgRt Premium
Thank you for sharing this info.

I think it is also hopefully clearing out some of the perceptions of content written here somehow just staying within the WA confines and not being out there on the internet.

I tend to ask he permission of other WA members to re-post their materials and giving them the credit for it. The reality of it is that ANY post, here or anywhere, is going to be already out there on the internet.

One thing I am unclear of is sharing a blog post in that it seems that multiple shares may actually harm its rankings.

If someone can explain how that works, I would greatly appreciate it.

Blessings!
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SnazzyIT Premium
Thank you. You are absolutely right. It will also help us differentiate between real spammers and those who genuinely did not read the rules. More than often the copied content comes with all the links as well.

I was just asked about the blog shares by someone else. Apparently if you wish to share a success story by another member you can click the link icon (chain) above that specific blog and send by email or use it in your review of WA. I use it as call to action buttons for people to click and read themselves of member success stories.

If the people used the link, to sign up, you get a percentage for promoting it.

When we use it in here, just say, you are encouraging a starter to upgrade and send them a blog/training link (using your referral link of course) you get paid cash credits for it by WA, if that starter member upgrades.

Hope that answered your question ☺️
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AffMktgRt Premium
Thank you for that clarification.

What I was also trying to determine was whether multiple shares of the original post harm its Google rankings since it is in fact duplicated content.

Blessings!
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alisterbrede Premium
I don't understand what you mean by "post a copy of their site's content". I see there is a provision for a link to my website on the right hand side of this screen under my profile. I notice not everybody uses that. I certainly like to take a look at people's websites when I follow them and try to look at sites but am often disappointed. I am not entirely clear about the purpose of these WA internal blogs. Yes, they are there to create a community spirit but how do they add to revenue generation which I assume is the purpose of affiliate marketing?
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SnazzyIT Premium
I had just read a blog in here by Tim, who has probably deleted it after after reading my comment about duplication. He had practically copied copied his whole WA review post with WA links and all (website content) onto his blog here. That's what I meant. I also noticed other new members placing their niche contents also, and were confused when people told them to remove their links (which they did not intend to spam).

The internal blogs are useful, especially for those promoting WA instead of creating niche sites. They can link a success story of one of the members into their content, using their own affiliate link. That way, when people click the link and are directed into the actual WA blog. If those people join, using that blog, the member who promoted the story/blog gets a percentage of the referral also.
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