• http://avgjoegeek.net/ avgjoegeek

    Eric – great article clearing up some confusion I had about syndication. Now I do have a question -there are all of these ‘blog communities’ like Biz Sugar, Inbound etc..

    I’m worried that they might be considered ‘grey hat’ since your promoting your content on them. I know the original intent is to get more readers back to the original website. With Google on the warpath – I’ve been really hesitant to place articles on any of these types of websites.

    Do you have any example sites for syndication that you’d recommend?

  • http://www.samsonmedia.net/ SamsonMedia.net

    Thank you for the ENORMOUSLY helpful article that spells out differences between syndicated content and duplicate content.

  • Andy Perdue

    I am curious about syndicating content as a revenue stream. We were recently approached by written.com. Curious where that fits in here.

  • http://www.matteoduo.com/ Matteo

    Hi Eric,
    useful post, really. I’m wondering why you didn’t mention the “fetch as google” tool, which is easier to implement and doesn’t require any tag from the website syndicating your content. Am I missing something?

  • Morgan Rees

    Hi Matteo, the options Eric has provided are to prevent duplicate content as a result of syndication, by attributing the syndicated content to the original publication. I’m not sure the Fetch as Google Tool applies here.

  • http://servicecrowd.com.au Daniel Duckworth

    The sites you mentioned are not syndicating content. Instead they take a snippit, or a pre written description, and link to your content. Community users then vote on submission. These are booking curation sites. Syndicating is when there while article is posted on another website, hence the need to deal with the duplicate content issue.

  • http://avgjoegeek.net/ avgjoegeek

    Thanks! I’ve become paranoid where to share content online to try and promote it. Don’t want Google to hammer me even more!

  • http://www.matteoduo.com/ Matteo

    Hi Morgan, I think Fetch as Google could be an important tool as well to determine the original publication, since it’s our way to ask Google to immediately index a single page. This way, every other “replicated” content won’t result being treated as the original content.

    I’m not saying it’s the only solution, as Erice clearly pointed out, but it’s a viable option when the rel”canonical” isn’t available.

  • Morgan Rees

    Ah, I see your point now. Although I’m not sure Google could identify an article as the ‘original’ just because it was indexed first. If so, I could easily scrape an article as soon as it’s published, upload it to my website and ping Google before the original gets indexed organically. BOOM “original” content for my website :)

  • http://seojeek.com/ seojeek

    The ‘Do it anyway’ approach is basically just a guest blog post, right?

  • bustya

    Slightly off topic–more at “duplicate content”. My project is completely marked up with semantics: (organization, products, events, offers, blog(posts), comments), Some of the comments in the blog section are actually comments on images of the products. I’ve designed my system so admins can tag these images to the product pages which will automatically include them there. Here’s the question: The comments on the images (which are marked-up as comments in the blog section) are practically reviews, I’m considering marking these same comments up as reviews on the product pages with a sameAs property to link to the original content. Thoughts?