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Article Writing - How to Avoid Duplicate Content & Get Published

Updated on May 29, 2011

Learn how to avoid submitting duplicate content to article directories and link exchanges and keep your articles, blogs and the like original and authentic every time. I am going to show you how you can avoid using those article spinning software programs where you have to painstakingly go through every sentence and pick out the words you want to be changed. But first of all let’s discuss duplicate content.


What Is Duplicate Content?

Itis the terminology used in search engine optimization (SEO) to describethe content of an article or blog that is exactly the same but displayed onmultiple web pages; or identical homepages with the same content.

Duplicate content is not a friend of the search engines as it affects their ranking and Google and others penalises websites by not displaying them in the search engine results or banning their sites completely.

Duplicated content reduces a website's relevancy value in the eyes of the search engines; therefore its ranking suffers as a result. It's not that they want to use duplicate content but they are not aware that similar content has already been published on the internet.

Ifyour content has been compromised, it is best to remove the duplicated content immediately so as to avoid your website rankings gets penalized.


Duplicate Content & the Search Engines

DP is a problem for search engines like Google because it winds up confusing the search engine spiders, especially when people start linking to so many different versions of the content. For example, imagine you find yourself at a crossroads and the road signs give you two different routes to the final destination, which route are you going to take? I suppose the quickest one if you know which one it is. But in the event that you don’t know the quickest route you will query what to do. In terms of the search engines the situation gets even more confused because the destination changes and becomes a destination within a destination, e.g. let’s say a village in the same vicinity as the original destination. The search engine will have to decide which destination it will display the results as it does not want to show the same content over and over again. For the browser seeking information it’s great but for the search engines it’s bad.

Another example is where you publish an article for a specific keyword on URL1 and decide to publish the same content on another URL2. What occurs is that the article is seen by bloggers and writers looking for content who then link to your urls. Unfortunately some link to URL1 and others to URL2. You are not doing yourself any favors by displaying the same content on several URLs. You limit your chances of ranking high on the search engines for the specific keyword chosen and your article might even be removed from the directories once they find out that you have other articles with the same content somewhere else.



Duplicate Content & the Search Engines

DP is a problem for search engines like Google because it winds up confusing the search engine spiders, especially when people start linking to so many different versions of the content. For example, imagine you find yourself at a crossroads and the road signs give you two different routes to the final destination, which route are you going to take? I suppose the quickest one if you know which one it is. But in the event that you don’t know the quickest route you will query what to do. In terms of the search engines the situation gets even more confused because the destination changes and becomes a destination within a destination, e.g. let’s say a village in the same vicinity as the original destination. The search engine will have to decide which destination it will display the results as it does not want to show the same content over and over again. For the browser seeking information it’s great but for the search engines it’s bad.

Another example is where you publish an article for a specific keyword on URL1 and decide to publish the same content on another URL2. What occurs is that the article is seen by bloggers and writers looking for content who then link to your urls. Unfortunately some link to URL1 and others to URL2. You are not doing yourself any favors by displaying the same content on several URLs. You limit your chances of ranking high on the search engines for the specific keyword chosen and your article might even be removed from the directories once they find out that you have other articles with the same content somewhere else.


How to Avoid Duplicate Content

The first step to take is to run your content through copyscape to check whether your content is being used. This is important for legitimate authors because it is possible that someone else could steal your work and outrank you for your own content.

If you are writing articles for more than one site you should consider rewriting the first paragraph differently for each version.

If you incorporate articles from article sites it is in your own interest to write your own meta description so that it is not the same as the article description you used.

NB: DO NOT use the same meta description on two different sites or on every page of your website.

Avoid copying and pasting the content of your site to the description section when you submit your site to article directories or link exchanges. It is better that you write a new description for each entry otherwise you run the risk of being deleted from your link partners site because you submitted duplicate content.

The best strategy to remove duplicate content is to create unique articles in the first instance. This way you can promote your article to all the article directories and link exchanges. Also, you should bear in mind that you don’t have to write the unique articles yourself; you could hire content writers to write them for you or use some form of article spinning software.

Despite there being many software article spinning tools available you will find that these programs are not as great as they sound. They take up a lot of time and are quite tedious in rewriting an article so that it can be accepted as an original. You have to manually choose the words that need to be changed, and if you have ten 500 word articles that can consume many hours of your time.

However, there is one software on the market that removes any manual interaction when rewriting articles, reduces the amount of time to eliminate duplicate content and automatically rewrites your articles so that each one is an original. You can find out more about this amazing new tool below.


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      sabrani44 6 years ago

      Great hub! Very informative and interesting, will definitely come in handy.

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