Google Duplicate Content PenaltyLet’s face it, duplicate content on the web is inevitable.

Blog and website owners worry about the wrath of Google for duplicate content, and there had been much talk about the  Google Duplicate Content Penalty.

Well, here’s the good news: there’s no such thing as a Google Duplicate Content Penalty!

Josh Garcia, in his post entitled “The Mystery of Google Duplicate Content Penalty” confirms this, and so does Google itself, in the Official Google Webmaster Central Blog.

Here’s what’s great about Josh: he delivers a straightforward answer to our worries about this issue, and always has awesome, insightful posts for his readers.

So there you have it folks, if your site has some duplicate content, don’t worry too for fear of being punished with the Google Duplicate Content Penalty.

What is this anyway?

It simply refers to the penalty that Google could possibly give you after identifying several webpages that have basically the same content. Others have even speculated that this can result to banning your blog or website from Google for a period of time or forever!

But Google has cleared the air by saying that “there is no such thing as a duplicate content penalty.” It’s a different thing when you plagiarize, of course. Duplicate content on a site is not necessarily ground for drastic action unless it appears that the intent of that content is deceptive and meant to manipulate search engine results.

What about the republishing of online articles, you may ask. Well, reprinting or republishing someone’s article on your site is not going to cause a Google Duplicate Content Penalty because again, there’s not such thing.

Moreover, as long as you give credit to the source and if the reprints are helpful to your site visitors and your overall mission, then it’s not a problem at all.

We all want to be flooded with traffic, to have plenty of comments to read, to be retweeted, bookmarked, and fanned on Facebook. The competition may be fierce out there, since everyone wants your attention, but any successful blogger will tell you that nothing beats sincere, engaging, original content.

With creative, interesting content, even if there IS such thing as the Google Duplicate Content Penalty, you have nothing to be afraid of.

Did you ever get confused with this duplicate content issue? What are your views on duplicate content on the web? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment, or if you want to read more posts regarding Google, let me know.

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To Your Success,

Elmar Sandyck
Elmar Sandyck

5 thoughts on “The Google Duplicate Content Penalty Is A Myth, There’s No Such Thing…

  1. Hi Stacy,
    Thanks for your comment! Personally I struggled a lot with this issue myself, finding all kinds of opposite information. For this reason I studied the Google duplicate content issue, because I wanted to eliminate all doubt. Glad it is helpful for you!
    Thanks for stopping by!

    It’s a great blog you have!

  2. Hi Ilka,

    I had the same thing Ilka, for a long time I was scared of republishing blogposts too! Glad to hear I’m not the only one! 😉
    How are your holidays, do you enjoy the free time?

    Talk soon,


  3. Hey Elmar, I’m going to be honest with you — this is the first time I’ve learned about this penalty! Thanks for sharing about it here. Interesting!

  4. Hello Lee,

    Yes you are right, a lot of people now see the value of SEO and true enough it really is effective in drawing visitors to your website.

    Thanks so much for dropping by and I hope to see you around.


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