Duplicate Content Policy - Let Your Voice Be Heard
Hi everyone! I wanted to make one final post before my flight tomorrow as my availability will be hit and miss over the next day or so. I wanted to let everyone know of some additional policy changes that we will most likely be making which I think everyone will actually like. Apparently I was the hold out on this one, but I think everyone has convinced me otherewise. It is the policy on duplicate content.
When we originally launched the site, my thinking was in order to ease the transition into the site that we would allow content that you posted elsewhere, so long as it was your content originally. Granted this was difficult to definitively prove but we made our best effort and took a proactive stance on plagiarism. So people would post items, the same item they would post on Bubblews (or other sites) and then just link to it. That was fine with me, as it gave us more content but did not try to be deceptive by linking to the original. I also saw a video from Matt Cutts over at Google who basically said that duplicate isn't bad but you should source the original.
Well, move to today and I am starting to believe with everyone else I don't think that search engines care about that. If 5 different sites have the same content, then the best site gets it. Considering how new we are, we are most likely not at the top of that list yet. If we want to stand out from everyone, we need to have unique content like everyone else. This will make checking for plagiarism much easier, and we don't need to keep track of usernames on different sites, or deleting someone because they forgot to tell us they had a different username on another site and we didn't know and thought they were copying another user's post.
So I want to open the discussion to everyone on the site here... I believe that I know what the general consenus will be and like I said before I believe I was the hold out on this one so we may get a lot of "Well its about time" :) Since I won't be available to respond, elitecodex and MaeLou will monitor this thread and respond on our behalf as they were the first ones to say to me that duplicate content was a bad idea.
Just a FYI - if we do decide to adopt this policy then that will not apply to anything posted before the date it goes into effect. If you wish to voluntarily fix them for the better of the site, then you have my sincere gratitude.