Are you Claiming Your Web Content to Prevent Duplicated Articles?
First thought that comes to mind. Try making use of the rel=author attribute. For example: a WP blog allows for authorship as well as sites like BloggerSpot and ArticlesBase.com. From experience it would seem that when sites are joined or for a better term utilized as assets to help the later of the sites, duplicate content does not pose to be a problem when you have the capability to claim the content.
Because of the push for rel=authorship, making sure you are claiming your content no matter what site it is placed on is very important. Because of this, there has been discussion on how helpful articles directories are now a day’s.
Another thought on this as well revolves around the rel=me attribute. If you will look at the example provided by Google. Website’s allow for separate author page profiles that directly link to the article and the article directly links back to the author page profile. This cohesive linking allows for Google to determine you are the author of the content.
So, how Important are Article Directories?
Well this is the tricky part. After some testing and further research, article directories would appear to be more susceptible to duplicate web content issues than earlier day’s. Although from what I can gather from my research, I am at the thought of Google having a cut off point for how many times an article can be posted on other sites before it is considered duplicate web content.
I have placed the same content on the sources mentioned above in the first paragraph and not received any notifications about duplicate web content to this point. Nor have I seen a decrease in the stats. It leads me to believe this is fine because of the rel=authorship has been established and is firmly in place to and from these article sites.
But on the other hand the fact of posting articles in directories is still a service provided by tons of SEO companies it raises the concern of whether these directories are harmful or not. Furthermore, I have posted articles in some of these directories and have seen no loss in the results from doing so. As well as noticing no harmful outcomes from posting to article directories. Secondly, I have never seen any alerts from Google or found these articles to be duplicate web content through CopyScape services.
But one thing to note: CopyScape is only matching a percentage of the words associated with your links beings scanned. So for example a previous article posted on Google+ shows as duplicated content on CopyScape when scanning the url. This is what is odd to me. The fact that the post is from a WP blog and is only a link posted on Google+ and not the content. This of course is the basic free rendering from CopyScape, but at this point I am not placing much faith into CopyScape.
Other than doing some checking with CopyScape, setting up Google Alerts is relatively simple and only takes a few minutes. This is just another one of those little tools in your arsenal that provides some more protection from those dubious web content scrappers and plagiarizer’s. Although I can not think of one right now, there are also places on the web you can find snippets of code that allow a web address to be attached to the content when someone copies it from the pages. There is also another script that allows for a popup message to show when someone tries to copy your content as well. This little script prevents the right clicking from the mouse on your page.
What Constitutes Duplicate Content or Spun Content?
Have played around with spun content from one unique article and four other articles that were generated from it, that were said to be unique. While the articles were spun from one unique article it would appear they are actually still unique for the most part. But I had to improve on the actual writing on each one that was created from the original. I believe this was one of the primary reasons they did not show as duplicated content. Did some extensive editing to each one of those articles. Here are some check points to help you…
If you Have any of the Below, you Were Most Likely hit by Panda…
You Should Properly Cite Articles or Content
Properly citing the article you are pulling the content from is necessary to avoid being penalized. Make use of the canonical method and anything you place on your pages that is not yours, place it inside of block quotes. The block quotes along with the link back to the original source page and canonical usage will prevent the duplicate content issue. Just in-case you did not understand canonical, it is placed in the top of the heading on web pages. Learn more about canonical here…
Although if you are searching for a way to do it quickly you could use that automated software option, but you will regret it eventually. Truth is, there is no real way to do it fast and actually should not be done to fast otherwise it will not look natural. Another reason to stay away from the automated software bundles.
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