SEO Effect of Duplicate Content
What is duplicate content?
Duplicate content in SEO is actually any web content that is considered to be similar to another site. Search engines have actually implemented new filters specifically to monitor these types of deceitful attempts to improve site’s search engine page rankings. A lot of people think that by creating multiple but similar replicas of their web pages or content, that they will be able to improve their site’s page rankings since they will be able to get multiple listings for their site. Since search engines are now monitoring these types of trickery, sites using duplicate content can actually end up getting banned from search engine indexes instead of improving their ranking.
How do a search engines filter duplicate content?
Search engines filter for duplicate content by using the same means for analysing and indexing page ranking for sites, and that is through the use of crawlers or robots. These robots or crawlers go through different websites and catalogues these sites by reading and saving information to their database. Once this is done, these robots then analyse and compare all the information it has taken from one website to all the others that it has visited by using certain algorithms to determine if the site’s content is relevant, and if it can be considered as a duplicate content or spam.
How to avoid duplicate content?
Although you may not have any intentions to try and deceive search engines to improve your site’s page ranking, your site might still get flagged as having duplicate content. One way that you can avoid this from happening is by checking yourself if there are duplicate contents of your page. Just make sure that you avoid too many similarities with another page’s content for this can still appear as duplicate content to some filters, even if it isn’t considered to be a spam.
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