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Links and Duplicate Content Seen by Google

  1. GmaGoldie profile image86
    GmaGoldieposted 5 years ago

    Wilderness leave an important message on the forum about Google seeing links to our other articles as duplicate content.  When preparing my summary I have done - and perhaps too much so - cut and paste from the opening to my article.  Is this going to hurt me?  If I have links to my similar articles at the end (I thought I was helping the search engines find me) do I eliminate the summary or rewrite a whole new summary perhaps in a text box so it is truly unique.

    Guidance please.  I am returning after a hiatus of working full time, job hunting, moving and more.  I am starting to make money so I remain dedicated but need some guidance.

    1. relache profile image88
      relacheposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      In short, yes.

      HubPages decided that having auto-generated summaries was being interpreted as duplicate content by Google and made a switch in the site to remove all that unoriginal (duplicated) text, so that authors would have to write summaries that were original (not seen elsewhere).

      Have you noticed or read any of the many threads in the forums this past week about the new "A" symbol on dashboards and people wondering why their summaries have disappeared?  That's exactly what that's all about...

      1. GmaGoldie profile image86
        GmaGoldieposted 5 years ago in reply to this


        I noticed the A but I thought the computer just dropped the summaries - didn't realize the importance of the originality separate from the Hub - thought it was acceptable if I copied my own content - see what you get when you assume! 

        Thank you very much!

      2. wilderness profile image95
        wildernessposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        I wondered about that summary myself.  It is attached to, a part of, the original hub and you are (were) copying material from that hub to itself; is that really duplication? 

        At the same time that summary (or part of the hub) is used in link capsules and RSS feeds on other hubs, and that definitely IS duplicate material.  Too many links could result in a high percentage of duplicate material on a hub with many capsule links or feeds and incur a penalty. 

        There must be some kind of filter that prevents the original hub from being "duplicate" as hundreds or thousands of other articles and hubs link to it using copy from the original.  Maybe it doesn't work right if those links contain part of the hub itself instead of a "separate" summary?