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The SEO industry has been plagued for years by a lack of consistency with SEO terms and definitions. One of the most prevalent inaccurate terms we hear is "duplicate content penalty." While duplicate content is not something you should strive for on your website, there's no search engine penalty for having it.
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from JBrash 1607 Days ago #
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Okay I couldn't disagree with this article more - for a reason mentioned within the article itself. "They are simply going to filter out the dupes." - yeah and if that dupe content is another website completely or even on your own site a page you didn't really want showing up for the related terms in comparison to another page you're hosed. Duplicate content is certainly a reality of today's internet, but not something that should be treated as a "oh well" thing either.



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from Jill 1607 Days ago #
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Correct, JBrash. But it's STILL not a "penalty."

Search engine penalties are different than filters.



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from JBrash 1606 Days ago #
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Agreed it's not a penalty Jill but it's still bad if mishandled. It's like saying a traffic warning for speeding is not the same as an actual citation - sure it's not but you still had the bad effect of being pulled over. Same here - it's not necessarily bad in that you got penalized but it's still negative in its effect - you have incorrect pages indexed and/or a competitor's website showing up in the SERPS instead of your own. Duped content is not something penalized - that is correct - but it is something of negative effective so for the sake of doing a good professional job as an SEO it should be avoided where possible in my humble opinion.



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from Jill 1606 Days ago #
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Which is what I said in the article.



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