[Question Answered] Reuse Content without Getting Penalized by Google?

Duplicate Content Penalty by GoogleIt’s great to have an authority affiliate marketing business because you can recycle content in a variety of ways.

But there has been some discussion about what Google wants – Specifically if there is penalty for using “duplicate content” on your blog.

There’s a lot of debate about Google’s algorithm when it comes to reusing articles.  Some say there is a duplicate content penalty.  Others claim there’s no such thing.

So today I’m including a video where Danny Iny of Naked Marketing answers the question:  “Can Content Be Re-Used without Being Penalized by Google?”

Check it out here:

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How to Make Money on YouTube (with 5 Case Studies)

How to Make Money on YouTubeRecently, I’ve decided to change the scope of my niche affiliate income series.

One of my new tests is to create and post videos on YouTube.

Specifically, these videos make money from affiliate marketing by promoting brand new products.  (This is called “Launch Jacking.”)


I get the occasional email which asks about my specific YouTube strategy.

So I thought it’d be interesting to provide a step-by-step description of how I use this website.

Let’s get to it…

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Build My Rank Has Been Shut Down!

Build My Rank - Closed for BusinessFor the last few months, I’ve recommended the “Build My Rank” service in a number of posts.  This is a tool I’ve used to increase search engine rankings to many of my niche sites.

Unfortunately, Build My Rank (BMR) has shut its doors because most of the sites in their blog network have been de-indexed by Google.

You can read about the details on this blog post.

In a weird way, I was kind of expecting this to happen.  In the last week, a few of my sites have been “Sandboxed.”  On two of them, the only thing I did was write a few BMR posts.  So I (had) have a suspicious feeling that Google is penalizing any site that’s connected to this service.

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How a 19.98% Traffic Increase Can HURT Your Site [Traffic and Conversion #6]

How to Increase Blog TrafficWelcome to the sixth update of the Traffic and Conversion series!

In this monthly report, I list the exact strategies I use to increase traffic to this blog {and other websites.}

Today I’m going to talk about how SteveScottSite.com experienced a 19.98% growth in traffic in February.

Specifically, I’ll discuss how this increase might actually be a bad thing.

I know most people get excited by any growth in traffic.  However there are times when a traffic increase can have a negative consequence to the success of your website.

Before we get to that, let’s break down the metrics from last month…

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13 Ways to Use Fiverr.com as the ULTIMATE Link Building Service [Niche Affiliate Income #4]

Niche Affliate Income SeriesIt’s been almost 2 months since I’ve talked about my niche affiliate income series.

Much has happened during this time.  I’ve shifted my focus on a number of sites and learned a lot about building small niche web properties.

The one thing I’ve discovered is you can make money with niche sites in a number of ways:

  • Information based affiliate products
  • Amazon physical products
  • Amazon Kindle books
  • Google Adsense
  • Product Launch Jacking
  • Cost-Per-Action

The end result is I’ve decided to branch out and build a whole series of niche sites – Each focusing on different income models.  (I promise to provide specific examples in the next update.)

Now the MAJOR obstacle to building niche sites is search engine optimization (SEO.)  Frankly, it can take a long time to build links and get your niche site ranked in search engines.  Sometimes it seems like I’ll spend an entire day doing one thing for a single site.

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The Google “Search, Plus Your World” Update: 6 Must-Read Blog Posts…

Google Search Plus Your World Update - SEO and Google+ AdviceLast week Google made another change to its algorithm.

This is an update they’re calling Search, Plus Your World.

So what is this change? 

How will it affect SEO services?

And how will it affect your Internet business?

Basically Google now includes three factors in an individual’s search results.

These are all taken from a searcher’s Google account and experiences from specific websites:

  1. Personal Results: Photos, posts and preferences from your Google + account and other Internet properties.  This includes what has been shared and things that people in your “Circles” share with you.
  2. Profiles in Search: Search results from people in your Circles, plus anyone you might want to follow – Based on your interests.
  3. People and Pages: What people and Google+ pages are related to a specific topic.  This will make it easier to follow someone because you can immediately add them to your social account.

It’s the intention of the Search, Plus Your World to incorporate personal contacts into search results.  For instance, here’s what I get when I enter the phrase train for a marathon:

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How to Get 1 Million Website Visitors in ONE Year [Traffic and Conversion #4]

How to Increase Your Blog Traffic SeriesWelcome to the January 2012 edition of the Traffic and Conversion series!

In this monthly blog report, I list the exact strategies I use to increase traffic to this blog {and other websites.}

Today’s post is a special one.

That’s because I’m going to provide an overview of how I plan on getting 1 million visitors to this blog in 2012.

This is a major goal that will take a lot of work to achieve.

But I’m fully confident that it can be done.

Before we get to the *meat* of this post, let’s go over the stats from last month:

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103 High PR One Way Backlinks to Improve Search Engine Rankings

One Way High Page Rank (PR) Backlinks

All Internet businesses need a solid search engine optimization (SEO) strategy.

One Way High Page Rank (PR) Backlinks…And every search engine strategy needs a variety of backlinks.

…And the backlinks need to come from sites with high Google PageRank (PR).

Ultimately it’s these high PR backlinks that determine where your site will rank in the search engines for specific keyword phrases.

The question is – “How do you get a variety of backlinks without wasting a lot of time or money?”

This is something I’ve asked myself in the last few months as I develop my niche affiliate income sites.

When it comes to search engines, I believe in the 4 V’s of backlinks:

  1. Volume: The quantity of links to your site
  2. Variety: The number of different links to your site
  3. Velocity: The speed you get links to your site
  4. Verbiage: The anchor text on the link to your site

Now there’s one thing that sucks about building backlinks – If you do it wrong, you’ll get “Sandboxed” or even delisted by Google.  {This is bad.}

My advice is to think carefully about how you get backlinks to your site. In other words, only get links from sites that Google likes.  To help you get started, I’ve found a number of high PR sites where you can get backlinks.

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Build My Rank Review – How to Get Backlinks that Google LOVES

Build My Rank Review Update: Build My Rank has shut down because many of the sites in its blog network have been de-indexed by Google.  So I no longer recommend this tool.  You can get more details in this blog post

As we’ve all learned, backlinks are a key factor for how Google ranks a page in their search results.

Put simply, the more quality backlinks you have the higher your site will rank.  (Okay… that was a major simplification.)

Basically there are two choices when it comes to backlinks:

  1. You can hope people will link to a site because they like the content
  2. You can use tools to [semi] automate the process of getting backlinks.

Frankly, I have always thought that most backlinking tools are complete junk, because they usually are.  Some will get your site penalized by the all mighty Google.  Others create lots of “junk content” throughout the Internet which does nothing for your site.

In the last month, I’ve tested about a dozen backlinking tools for my niche affiliate income series.

And the only one I endorse is Build My Rank {yup, that’s my affiliate link.}

So let’s talk about Build My Rank (BMR) and learn how it gets backlinks that actually improve your search engine listings:

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The Top Five SEO Tips to Avoid

I’ll admit it…I’m kind of a dunce when it comes to Search Engine Optimization (SEO).  I know the basics, but there are a lot of aspects of SEO that simply confuse the hell out of me.  That’s why I’m happy to include this guest post, from Joe out of the University of San Francisco that gives a bunch of quality tips on the subject…

Promises, promises. You’ve probably seen those flashy ads promising to drive hoards of traffic to your website. But without the proper internet marketing training, who can tell which ad is legitimate and which isn’t? Free advice on search engine optimization, page ranking and keyword phrase strategies isn’t always current — most free help is outdated and is based on a system that’s been overhauled since major search engines like Google, Bing and others took over.

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