Canned Content? Google Hates It. And So Do Clients
“So you know that website content you paid a pittance for? Or the stuff your franchise sends to you to post on your blog? Google the first couple of sentences. Then tell us how many other sites are using the same content. If it’s on more sites than yours, then you’ve got a problem with canned content. Google will penalize you for using it. And so will clients.
The Google Gods are real. And they know how to read.
We’ve talked in the past about how important it is to please the Google Gods. Over two-thirds of all internet searches are done through Google. That means if you fall out of favor, your website traffic will fall. You can publish blog after blog on your website, but if the content is identical to any other content on the ‘interwebs,’ Google takes action by taking no action. Google is passive aggressive this way. It simply won’t send searchers to your site. Why?
Industry website architecture leader Deepcrawl says,
Duplicate content means search engines have to waste time crawling all the different duplicate versions of a page, and you’re relying on them to do it in the way you want them to.
Having two or more versions of the same content also means authority signals (eg. backlinks) and social shares are split over numerous versions. Each version is then weaker, limiting their performance.
If you have duplicate content on your site, you are effectively leaving the health of your website in the hands of Google’s system.
In the past, site builders would just copy whatever content was out there to stockpile keywords for SEO. Search engines would refer readers to sites trying to sell a product when the content had nothing to do with the keywords. Google decided this was bogus (never mind that copying content violated copyright laws) and not a great way to treat internet searchers (yes, we’re giving Google some credit here). Nor was this the best way to use algorithms if they wanted to be known as a credible search engine. So they found a way to deter that kind of obnoxious behavior. Hit the copycats where it hurt – in traffic that might translate into conversions.”