29 January 2011 14 Comments

Ranking In Google With Duplicate Content

I will be releasing a new revolutionary software on 3rd February which solves duplicate content problem permanently, www.dupliterminator.com.

But today’s post is to share with you the truth about duplicated content.

A lot of people are still confuse with this famous question…

“Will my ranking on Google.com drops if I have  duplicate content on my website?”

It really depends on which angle you’re looking at.

Based on my own research and tested result, here’s what I can tell you…

1. Duplicate content will affect your ranking IF the duplicate content is on your own website. For instance, if you publish the same article on your website twice, that’s “duplicate content”. Bad move.

*HOWEVER*, if it’s not done on purpose but because it’s part of how your website publishing technology works, it’s deem to be alright. This of course, also depends on what website publishing technology you’re using. As far as I know, WordPress is cool.

To prove my argument (I don’t tell theories, I tell facts), go ahead and search for  “true personal freedom” in Google. You’ll see that a ‘tag’ page of mine is ranked on the first page there. If you are confuse with what is a ‘tag’ page, it’s basically duplicate content because it’s generated from the original blog post.

2. Having a duplicate content article on your website that is also used on many other websites does not kills your ranking. If this is true, then all of the major news websites will not be in Google anymore.

Again, to prove my argument, just search for “oil news” and you’ll see a Yahoo News page listed on page #1. And if you run a search for the title of this news release in Google, “Oil below $86 amid weak indicators, earnings”, you’ll get thousands of results.

Just proved to you that duplicate content is still cool.

*BUT*… using duplicate content would means that you will have more competition. In a non-marketing jargon, it’s harder for you to get ranked. Comprende?

Google will most likely to choose JUST ONE of all of the duplicate content to be ranked. Here’s the login to that – Google’s job is to serve the users, right?

If they don’t just choose one, then the user’s going to see plenty of same articles in the search, right?

Which also means, user’s not very happy.

User’s not happy, Google’s not happy. YOU are not happy.

I hope this article has shed some light to you.

In summary, duplicate content on your own website is a no-no but duplicate content with other websites is okay with the only disadvantage of tougher competition.

The remedy? Use non-duplicate content if you can.

Like to leave a feedback or ask question? Leave a comment.

Talk soon,

Patric Chan



14 Responses to “Ranking In Google With Duplicate Content”

  1. spy store 29 January 2011 at 1:11 PM #

    Good article Patric, simple answers to such a debated topic. Especially with big ecommerce stores and datafeed stores that use pages of products that contain the same information, that is how a store is structured for user friendliness and google/others are obviously ok with this kind of dupe content. But what content publishers forget about is the ranking issue with using dupe/other peoples content, those first and with the most backlinks wins!

  2. Wendy Owen 29 January 2011 at 2:09 PM #

    Patric, thanks for the informative post. Is it possible to check within a site for DC? Maybe using Copyscape or similar?

    Many thanks

  3. admin 29 January 2011 at 2:18 PM #

    Hi Wendy, you’re most welcome. Copyscape can do the job but I don’t see the reason why you’ll need to do this. Normally, you do copyscape to see if someone is using your content without your approval or to check if freelance writers are giving you unique articles. You don’t need to check on your own website because you would have know whether you’ve put DC or unique content on your own website. :-)

    Patric Chan

  4. Mike 29 January 2011 at 7:18 PM #

    Hi Patric

    Thanks for another useful and interesting article, as ever, it’s much appreciated. Just one question I have is what about a duplicate site for affiliate purposes? If an affiliate has a duplicate site of the parent site would this affect either of the site’s ranking?



  5. Terry Jett 29 January 2011 at 9:37 PM #

    Thanks Patrick, that was a very informative post. I have always wondered about the WordPress tag.

    Have many good keyword rankings where the tag outranks the original post. Sometimes I will have two rankings within 3-4 of each other on same page.

    Appreciate you sharing,


  6. admin 29 January 2011 at 11:00 PM #

    Hi Mike, you’re welcome. It doesn’t matter what’s the purpose of your website, duplicate content issue is applicable for all websites. Thanks

    Patric Chan

  7. admin 29 January 2011 at 11:01 PM #

    Hi Terry, you’re most welcome. Regarding your question, unfortunately, I can’t provide any answer because I didn’t track on this but I can safely say that ‘tag’ duplicated pages are not excluded in Google’s choice to be ranked.

    Patric Chan

  8. Rob Paris 29 January 2011 at 11:08 PM #

    G’day Patric,

    Thanks for a informative read.
    I must say your spin on duplicate content is definitely different to what others say.
    I like what you have said and it sounds about right especially when you see the amount of generic websites promoted and sold.
    I have seen an increase in what appears to be just copied content getting around with just a word or two changed.
    So now you have me interested what dupliterminator will be.
    I just hope it is not another article spinner I have seen to many of them been flogged lately.
    Anyway I will be watching my email box to see what you are offering.

    Thanks for the bit of education it did confirm my thinking.

    Have a nice one.


    Rob Paris

  9. ruslan 1 February 2011 at 11:37 AM #

    Hi Patric,

    Great post. I think this article helps answer some of the issues we are facing.


  10. phong 1 February 2011 at 10:37 PM #

    thanks Patric,i expect your product.

  11. Leah 7 February 2011 at 9:21 PM #

    Hi Patric,

    I just purchased your 12-month Review Membership which looks like an excellent deal so far, so good. You seem to be related to Ewen Chia (I have a lifetime membership with him) which is fine with me. Keep it all in the family.

    New information from Google backs up exactly what you said about search results including the “original” and ignoring the duplicates. Here’s the link:

  12. popo 7 February 2011 at 9:31 PM #

    Very good post Patric..i really love it!
    Keep up the good work

  13. andriyan 14 February 2011 at 2:28 AM #

    Very nice information Patric.
    I think make article rewrite is still my weapon for now.
    but i will try your info.


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