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Erika Rae Albert, Austin Real Estate Expert, Exceeding Expectations in Every Transaction (E-Rae Realty)

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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Simple.  Post on your own blog first.  Then wait a few days.  Then, ideally write a similar, but different article and link back to original.  Alternatively, and not as ideal, for part 2 copy your article and link back to original w/ a link near top that says: "originally posted at..." and link to original article on your blog.

Jun 27, 2017 12:01 PM
Katerina Gasset
The Gasset Group & Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Provo, UT
Amplify Your Real Estate & Life Dreams!

No, it does not hurt your SEO. The "duplicate content penalty" is a myth, and I prove it every day in our SEO work. There are some things you want to do in order though- 1. always write your original content on your website first. 2. Wait until your post on your website is indexed by google, 3. then take your post and post it to your AR blog in the post's entirety. 4. Then in your post that you post to ActiveRain, you add a link to your content on your original post on your website. 

What google's algorithm will do is to choose which website it decides is the most authoritative for the content that you wrote and that site will have a higher ranking on the SERPS. 

It really does not matter which website shows up higher than the other. Who cares! It is still you and your contact info. Your blog on AR may just show up first because google sees AR as a much higher authority website than your own website. There is nothing wrong with this. 

What you will waste your time on is if you start "spinning" your post and put it on AR. That means you change a few sentences around, etc. That is a total waste of time because now Google's rank brain ( AI) is much smarter and can decipher that it is really the same post. Then you did that work for nothing because your AR blog post will still rank higher than your post on your website. 

We post dupicate content all the time in the order I stated here, and both the AR blog and our website will show up on page one with the same content. And the same content will also rank on page one for our blog on Realtytimes. So that is evidence that you won't be punished for duplicate content. 

This is just a very short version of SEO best practices, hope this helps, Katerina


Jun 27, 2017 11:10 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Google allows 2 titles for one post.... I copy and paste to 6 different sites...... and I get Google juice..... usually, ActiveRain and MY website....

Jun 27, 2017 05:12 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Debbie Gartner has good knowledge on this topic.

Jun 27, 2017 10:43 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Debbie Gartner has given a great answer.

Now perhaps Anita Clark and Katerina Nestor & Katerina Gasset will opine... they are also experts on this topic.

Jun 27, 2017 05:31 PM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

What Debbie Gartner said.  I like to write an intro to the original article then create a link to the original article by it's title.  That will take the visitor to the site of the original post... Killing two birds with one stone, so to speak.  

Jun 27, 2017 12:28 PM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

Not really. Google knows how to ignore content when similar authority content already exisits. Changing a few words is looked at by google as " Near duplicate content" so doing that doesn't fool anyone or help anything.

So there are two forms:

(A) Someone who takes a piece content from one site and slightly changes it and posts it on their own site.

(B) They take all the content from one page and puts it on their own page but the boiler plate content in the header, footer, etc is different.

We see both of these forms a lot on the web.

So there are two forms:

(A) Someone who takes a piece content from one site and slightly changes it and posts it on their own site.

(B) They take all the content from one page and puts it on their own page but the boiler plate content in the header, footer, etc is different.

We see both of these forms a lot on the web.

Jun 27, 2017 10:47 AM
John Meussner
Mortgages in AZ, CA, CO, DE, FL, GA, IN, MD, MN, MT, NC, NJ, NV, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WI - Fair Oaks, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Fair Oaks, CA 484-680-4852

Several ways.  I like to rewrite topics with very similar yet differently worded articles.  

You can also post on your site and post to ActiveRain with a backlink stating "content originally written for ______.com"

Jun 27, 2017 10:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Post an attribution on one of the sites for the initial blog. Change the blog content around somewhat to make it look fresh.

Jun 27, 2017 09:22 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Tammy Emineth just did a post on this maybe 2 weeks ago. She advises on SEO & answers your questions.

Jun 27, 2017 02:04 PM
Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTAcondos.com
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

I will have to reseach and get back to you

Jun 27, 2017 09:28 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Not true as long as you post it on your site first, then here with the line at the bottom of the page, "Originally posted @____________" (the direct link back to the same article on your website).

Think about it, we re-blog here all the time - if that 'rule' was true, we wouldn't be encouraged to re-blog!  

Have at it Erika Albert - just be sure to post that tag line when you later post it here!

Jun 27, 2017 08:10 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Write different articles and you will never be penalized.

Jun 27, 2017 06:04 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I post on my WP site first ... wait for Google to index the post ... then on AR with a note where it was first published. 

Jun 27, 2017 04:41 PM
Susie Kay
Ultra Real Estate Dallas Fort Worth - Plano, TX
North Dallas Specialist

Thanks for your question. I'm parked and reading. I will bookmarm this as well.

Jun 27, 2017 12:37 PM
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

I change it around to make it look new. 

Jun 27, 2017 12:18 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I only post to AR!

Jun 27, 2017 11:56 AM
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

As Bob Crane says, Debbie Gartner is quite the expert on this topic.

Jun 27, 2017 10:53 AM
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - BoiseMeridianRealEstate.com - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

I love Nestor & Katerina Gasset's very detailed answer.  I did not know, and had heard the myth that duplicate content hurt not helped.  I wondered that with re-blogging here on AR too actually, but figured AR knew enough that it was an acceptable practice. Great question and answers. -Kasey

Jun 28, 2017 04:55 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
https://HugginsHomes.com - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Debbie Gartner has a good answer in one school of thought.  There is another school of thought that says "If Google cared about duplicate content, the major portals wouldn't have a huge hit against them."

I don't worry about duplicate content.  I do post my listing blogs to my site first and wait a couple of days before hitting up my other sites, but that's because I want Google to see mine first and hopefully give me some good juice.  On my last time doing this, I owned 8 of the top 10 results (#2-9) for my listing's address.  Sadly, I've been hamstrung of late and can no longer keep my listings off of competitor sites, which really pisses me off!

Jun 28, 2017 09:53 AM
Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
Your Bay County Florida Realtor 850.774.6582

Write for your visitors and customers

Jun 28, 2017 07:15 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Coldwell Banker Realty

Bob Crane nailed this one!

Jun 28, 2017 06:18 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Nope, that's old school, just wait 48 hours between posts and you are Google-good!

Jun 27, 2017 10:43 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I'd say Debbie Gartner has the best answer.

Jun 27, 2017 07:11 PM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I change the title and some of the wording so that the spiders don't see duplicate content.

Jun 27, 2017 01:40 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Good question! I can't suggest anything other that the great answers below. Best to change the wording I think.

Jun 27, 2017 11:50 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I defer to the SEO experts.

Jun 27, 2017 10:36 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Change the blog content.

Jun 27, 2017 10:16 AM
Ron Tissier
Chapman Hall Premier Realtors (404) 580-9069 - Atlanta, GA
Defining Homes. Defining Lifestyles.

Some great answers and instructions here.  Bookmarked!


Jul 27, 2017 06:34 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debbie has it right, post on your personal site first.  I also add *originally posted at _______.

Jun 30, 2017 11:00 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I heard the same, have to see what the others have to say.

Jun 29, 2017 08:40 PM
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty and Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I know the answer to this but refuse to do it because it's so time consuming. I need to get on the ball!

Jun 29, 2017 06:16 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Others have answered.

Jun 28, 2017 07:09 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

I would trust Debbie Gartner for this one.

Jun 28, 2017 06:29 AM
Harry F. D'Elia III
WEDO Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

do it the right way and get more juice

Jun 28, 2017 05:47 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Add/delete content. Change the appearance, font size, colors, punctuation, etc.

Jun 28, 2017 05:22 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

I'm not sure that it does.

Jun 28, 2017 04:58 AM
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Burlington, MA
Metro Boston Homes For Sale

Erika Albert - I am not much after SEO - and I do see an excellent answer from Debbie Gartner.

Jun 27, 2017 10:48 PM
Melissa Jackson REALTOR
Trinity Premier Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Great question.  I'm coming back to read more replies.  Looks like you have some good advice from experienced bloggers. 

Jun 27, 2017 09:06 PM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Just don't post it on back to back days, wait a couple of days.

Jun 27, 2017 07:42 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Your picture should offset any negatives...

Jun 27, 2017 01:12 PM