I'm joining Marsha's Spot for the New Lens and Hop linky. Each Thursday she picks a topic and we share a new Squidoo lens (article) about the topic. This week doesn't really have a theme it just happens to fall on Valentine's day.
Marsha talks about her latest lens, a Music Review, which was put in holding. For those not familiar with Squidoo, it is an article directory where you can write articles for free. Kind of like building a website for free but with one single page.
Anyway, she wrote a music review and her lens (article) got tagged for duplicate content. This means that something in her article was found somewhere else online. For this particular review she had to use content provided by someone else.
|David Castillo via http://freedigitalphotos.net|
I started to do reviews for blog communities at the end of last year but decided against it because much of what they wanted me to add to the blog was duplicate content. They had everyone post the same article about the product or service. Google doesn't like this.
I really don't know what do. Most companies make a generic post for all blogger partners to share - Writing 50 to 100 different and unique articles is just ridiculous. Instead of giving a blanket article or post I think it would be best if they gave you a topic to write about. This would solve the unique content dilemma. (Squidoo's thoughts on duplicate content)
How to Check for Duplicate Content
You can check for duplicate content by copying a sentence or two, adding quotes, and search on Google. Copyscape.com is another place to check. (got this from GreekGeek's article about Google Panda Updates and how they affect Squidoo and Hubpage authors)