Google: Demystifying Duplicate Content
In many meetings, and I had one of those calls today, I understand again and again that managers have limited knowledge of what “Duplicate Content” means when working with multiple sites and/or using similar content on those. Now, what does Google really say about duplicate content? Can your business place similar text blocks or complete texts on different blogs and websites? And how about same content but in different languages?
In a video clip Greg Grothaus, a Google engineer for search quality, explains what “Duplicate Content” stands for and what it means to businesses.
General answer: Is there a Duplicate Content Penalty from Google? No, it’s a myth! Google wants diversity in the results that Google displays on search results. That’s the reason why pages might be omitted from Google which makes sense.
Deep answer: There are typical downsides of “Dupicate Content”.
- Dilution of link popularity: Better have 20 links go to one page, then twice 10 to two pages.
- User-unfriendly URLs in search results: Useless URLs effect branding & decrease usability – so better leave it.
- Inefficient crawling: The less Google has to crawl, the better for the new content to be seen.
Best answer: Google does not like Spam. Spam will find penalty, if it is done with a systematic approach, or when there is the absolute same content on different pages with no changes at all.
Our Advice: Create fresh content! Or do you want to buy the same stuff or gadgets you already have received as a present for Christmas? See…?