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How to Detect Duplicate Content and Remove it

Feb 6th 2011 at 9:05 AM

Duplicate content is an instance where articles, links, domains and URLs are similar to other websites. This is a problem because the contents on your website can be blocked and search engines can lower your website's ranks in their indexes.

Search engines like Google have crawlers called "spiders" that search for content that are optimized and rank them accordingly. However, if your content has been compromised, it is best to remove the duplicated content immediately lest your website rankings gets penalized.

There are many ways to do this. Just make sure that you follow the rules and instructions carefully and delete unwanted contents while optimizing the correct ones. It is suggested that you index all your categories so that the "spiders" can crawl through them effortlessly and never miss out your important pages.

Remember that there are two types of duplications:

These are close duplication and exact duplication. Close duplication is when content from 2 websites are almost similar albeit written in different words or structure. Exact duplication is self explanatory. It's when 2 exact copies of a content appears on 2 different websites.This can sometimes be unavoidable since there are millions of sites that you might be unaware that a similar content already exists.

Just take the example of writing articles. You should create unique articles to make sure you are not plagiarizing someone else's work. Webmasters have ways to produce 100% unique articles. You can do this too by hiring ghost writers or employ writers for your site. Just make sure that they know how to create unique articles and it should be high in quality.

Page titles and article titles can also be duplicated. To avoid this, check your page title carefully by searching in other websites. Again, create unique articles and make sure that Google and other article sites will accept it.

You can also make sure that there are no duplicate contents in your articles by using anti plagiarism sites. Although it can cost you a small amount of money, it is quite effective since you can remove duplicate content once it has been detected.

It is also a must for you to know details regarding html and php. In this way, you are able to determine and eliminate any problems on your site especially if where duplicate content is involved.

You can also use a robot.txt to help you remove duplicate content. Just make sure that these are installed in your system to detect any underlying issues.

Removing some old files is also highly recommended. This is to fix broken links. Be aware that old files in your system can be overwritten especially if you are updating a new one. Delete the old files first and you can continue using the new one. This is to make sure that there will be no broken links and duplicate contents.

Fix and remove duplicate content once you have detected it. Remember that it will benefit you and your website in times to come. Always be vigilant so that your page, article and content will be highly ranked.

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