Welcome to the SEO tutorial, and we are discussing the Black hat SEO and its bad effects on your website. Today we will talk about the duplicate content, and its side effects. We are very much familiar with the term duplicating content, because even in the general terms, it means duplication of the content. Same applies to the web world as well.

Duplicate content – Definition

The duplicate content is content that will show presence on more than one domain or URL in the web world. The duplicate content can be considered two types:

Same domain – If the content is found more than once in a same domain with a slight modification or no modification can be considered as a duplicate content.

Different domains – If the content is found on more domains with a complete match or seems similar to the other content, then it will be considered as a duplicate content.

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Duplicate content – Example

Examples of non-malicious duplicate contents by the Google support could include:

  • Discussion forums that can generate both regular and stripped-down pages targeted at mobile devices
  • Store items shown or linked via multiple distinct URLs
  • Printer-only versions of web pages – It will cause a problem, when multiple version of the pages gets indexed.

Duplicate content – How to handle?

Own Content– You can create your unique content or try to avoid copying the other content. If you will avoid doing such things, you can stop its origin with ease.

Redirect – The use of permanent redirects will help search spiders to understand the page has been deleted or moved permanently, and they have to remove old URL and index the new URL.

No index – Use the no index value in the Meta tag to stop search engines to index unwanted pages by yourself.

Canonicalization – This the important way of avoiding duplicate content. You can use rel=canonical that will work same like the permanent redirect. When the search spiders will find this link element, it will transfer the link value to the canonical page.

Preferred Domain – Just try to avoid confusion from the search spider’s way of considering www.sharplesson.com or http://sharplesson.com. If you will tell your preferred one, then probably it will help you to counter duplicate content.

Consistent internal linking – Well, you can’t be choosy while putting internal links. Let’s say for example, if your canonical version is http://sharplesson.com, then you can’t link sometimes http://www.sharplesson.com and sometimes with http://sharplesson.com. Just maintain the consistent use of the one format.

Proper Syndication – Syndicate your content with caution, make sure you will link back to your original content.

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Now let’s check the cons of the copied content or the duplicate contents.

  • Traffic – If you will be penalized by the spiders, then you will notice the downfall of the traffic and hence ranking.
  • Site Removal – The worst case will be the removal of the site from the indexing of the search engines.


We have covered the duplicate content, its example and reason to avoid such black hat SEO activities. Make sure you will not appreciate the use of the duplicate content directly or indirectly. If you are firm, then you can work on the creation of the unique content. It is quite clear by the spiders that they will put a hold on the use of the duplicate content. Why don’t you follow the good practice of avoiding the use of the black hat activities?

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