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The Importance of Unique Content

Updated: Jan 30

What is Duplicate Content?

Basically, duplicate content occurs when the same or almost the same content appears on two different URL’s. This can be on different websites or two pages of the same website. It’s most commonly seen when someone copies and pastes an article or web copy from one website onto their own, or copies existing content from one of their own web pages and pastes it onto another.

Why is Duplicate Content Bad?

The main reason why using the same content in multiple places is bad practice is because of how it affects SEO. In order to index a page, search engines must crawl it and analyze its content. When the same content appears on several different pages, it creates more work for the search engines and ultimately affects the quality of the search results.

We all know that the purpose of creating search engine optimized content is to improve how we rank in the search engines. The goal is to get the attention of Google and other search engines, let them know that our website is a quality resource, and get them to bump our site to the top of the listing results whenever someone does a search for our targeted keywords. Duplicate content disturbs this process, having the opposite effect.

Search engines avoid returning multiple results of the same content, which means that when they come across duplicate content, they have to determine which version should appear in the results. In other words, if your blog contains the exact same content as another blog, only one of those will appear in the search results. By not using unique content, you are essentially taking a chance that your site may be eliminated from searches altogether. This is the exact opposite of why you’re online in the first place!

The Solution

To avoid the possibility of loss of ranking authority, you should focus on creating fresh, new and dynamic content. Keep in mind that blog posts don’t have to be long. Anywhere from 250 words up to 800 words is fine. In fact, when it comes to blogs, shorter is often better. In terms of coming up with content, it may be easier to employ the use of an editorial calendar in which you can compile a list of topics and schedule them for publication. Finally, if you find that keeping up with your content is challenging, consider delegating the task to others in your practice. This can help lighten the workload and create a variety of different styles which will serve to make your blog more robust.

When it comes to your online presence, how you rank on the search engines is what will mean the difference between stagnation and consistent practice growth. By sticking to creating quality, unique content and avoiding the urge to rely on duplicate content, not only will you be better able to engage your current and prospective clients, but you’ll also be able to maximize your efforts and remain competitive in the search engines.

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What is duplicate content?

Duplicate content is when the same or similar content is found on multiple URLs, across various websites, or on different pages of the same site. It often happens when content is copied and pasted from one webpage to another, diminishing the uniqueness and potentially impacting SEO.

Why is duplicate content considered bad practice?

Duplicate content is frowned upon because it confuses search engines, which strive to present diverse information. When identical content appears across multiple websites, search engines face difficulty deciding which version should be ranked higher. This uncertainty can lower the ranking for all content instances, including the source. This undermines SEO efforts and diminishes online visibility.

How does duplicate content impact a website's ranking in search engine results?

Duplicate content negatively impacts a website's ranking in search engine results. Search engines aiming to provide unique content may penalize or lower the ranking of sites with duplicated material. This reduces visibility and hinders the site's ability to attract organic traffic, ultimately affecting its online presence and credibility.

What are some strategies for creating fresh and dynamic content?

Creating fresh and dynamic content involves regularly updating with original posts, such as industry insights, success stories, or pet care tips. Utilizing various formats like articles, videos, and infographics keeps content engaging. An editorial calendar helps plan diverse topics while involving different team members who can introduce new perspectives and styles, enriching the content's appeal and relevance.

How long should blog posts typically be for effective SEO?

For effective SEO, blog posts typically range from 500 to 2000 words. This length allows for a thorough topic exploration, which enhances user engagement and search engine ranking. However, the key is quality content that provides value, not just word count.

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