I’d love to offer you some more excellent information, as a sample of what will be in the Traffic Sucking Tactics course. Today, I want to talk about Google. Now, this is my speculation regarding Google as they do not share their ranking tactics with anyone.

I remember when I used to get involved with the ‘discussions’ on forums regarding the duplicate content penalty. It used to frustrate me that I could never get a straight answer for love nor money. Some people swore up and down that there was a penalty and Google would send you to Internet hell and others would say that it was all a joke and you could post content from others, such as PLR articles, without issue.

Well it didn’t take me long to do an experiment of my own. I purchased a number of domain names and setup about 150 wordpress blogs to test the theory. Now, I used a lot of the strong SEO tactics to market these sites, including back linking. It was a lot of effort, (actually a lot of programming to automate many of the steps), but it was a very interesting experiment to say the least.

Today for the first time, I’m going to share my findings with you. Google will not send you to the Internet hell and they will index your sites, but you can be pretty sure that they will not rank any of them very well. Out of the complete set of sites, within months of lighting them up, I don’t see more then twenty to forty visitors to the sites.

To me, reposting duplicate content is an absolute waste of my time and resources! Fortunately I was rewarded over the past year and these duplicate content blogs have paid for their expenses, but barely. Definitely not a business model I would recommend.

But I wanted to take the experiment to the next level and test partial duplicate content. Here’s where the results become a little more interesting, from a business point of view.

The next part of the experiment was to take a WordPress blog that was doing ok and post re-written PLR articles on it. Now, all I did was run the article through a word substitution program that lets you select alternate words. Now, that was as successful as a completely original content article. They got indexed and ranked well.

So, this is a tactic that I may use in the future. Trouble was it took just about as long to re-write an article then it would to just write a new article.

Next, I’ve tried to post original headers to an article that was a reprint of the article. So, partial original content and partial copied content. Initially it looked good. I was ranked, but not well. The article eventually made it to the front page but over time, the listing fell. This was on one of my popular sites, so it was a bit dissappointing.

The end result on these experiments, in my mind? Original content is the way to go. Take the extra time and write your information to your careful keyword research. Doing this, I promise that you’ll be ranked and ranked well.

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