Deb's Lake Conroe Real Estate & Stuff! : Stop Duplicate Titles!

Stop Duplicate Titles!

Niki at ActiveRain has asked us to reblog this to get the word out. Protect your posts from being labeled as spam from Google. This is excellent advice! We want to protect our authority of ActiveRain and not be considered a SPAM FARM.

Read this post and take it to heart!

I will.

Thank you Niki.


In our efforts to keep ActiveRain highly SEO friendly and to get our member blogs to the top of the search engines, we are working with a well-known SEO consultant here in Seattle.  As I had mentioned previously, Google is frequently running its user experience and content optimization algorithm called Panda.  Panda targets content farms and duplicate content and then ranks those site lower in the search results as Google believes that those sites have search spam.

Our consultant Susan found a number of interesting things within the 3 million pages of content indexed by the search engines.   

MANY of our members will publish blogs with the same titles week after week.  Examples include: Wordless Wednesday, Friday Funny, Market Update, etc.  I understand why our members do this, like a regular column in a newspaper, BUT this often confuses the search engines.  Even though the content of the blog post is different, since the title is the same AND used by many members of ActiveRain, the search engines could get confused and could label these posts as SPAM.

So, what to do?  Very simple: Add the date to the title of your blog post or add additional description.  Examples:

  • Wordless Wednesday July 20, 2011: Blue Ocean and Grey Skies
  • Market Update: Bellevue, WA July 20, 2011
  • Friday Funny - A Laughing Horse

A small amount of extra text will prevent a world of confusion AND protect the content and our domain authority at ActiveRain!

Please re-blog and share so we can get the word out. 




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Comment balloon 4 commentsDeb Brooks • July 24 2011 05:00PM


Good idea.  It's amazing that simple things matter so much.

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) over 7 years ago

Thanks for the reblog Deb - I'm guilty of this and what an easy way to increase SEO by adding a long tale title!

Posted by Kristine Ginsberg, NJ Home Stager (Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC) over 7 years ago

Deb, I saw someone else's re-blog of this today--so important!  And, missy YOU are a wonderful Ambassador, too!! Thanks for commenting on my post. And I'm still pondering the contest you introduced about the Diary of a Realtor....I've got my photo, but nothing else yet...

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 7 years ago

You can and maybe should also change your title if you ... say.... copy your post to another site such as WP or a your own outside blog ... but with "tradition post" like Wordless Wednesday and Speechless Sunday I always add a little something something after ...

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 7 years ago