You Ask, I Answer: Duplicate Content on Social Networks?

Travis asks, “Are there negative implications to publishing blog posts on LinkedIn that already exist in your site?”

Generally speaking, if the content is inaccessible without logging in, it’s safe to duplicate from an SEO perspective. That means a fair amount of content on LinkedIn, anything non-public on Facebook, and if you use the rel=canonical features, even sites like Medium are safe to duplicate content. Be sure any links in your duplicate posts are tagged with UTM tracking codes appropriately. Watch the video for more details, including one human negative implication.

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In today’s episode, Travis asks, Are there negative implications to publishing blog posts on LinkedIn that already exist on your site? You’re probably thinking about the older SEO idea of duplicate content, duplicate content, penalties and things. Those have not existed for some time. What google google in particular does now is evaluates content and decides which is the most authoritative version of all the versions that it can see. That means that, generally speaking, as long as you’ve got content on your site, and it’s there first, and your site is more authoritative than another site, that it will generally choose your site. Now, when it comes to social networks, in particular, social networks, like Facebook, like LinkedIn, and stuff, are, their content is non public, for the most part, if a piece of content is inaccessible, without logging it, meaning that if you can see a Facebook post without logging in, if you can see a LinkedIn post without logging in, that could be problematic, because from Google’s perspective, these sites are larger and more credible. However, if the content is something that you post, in a non public way, so like a friends only post on Facebook, something posted inside of a closed Facebook group, a closed LinkedIn group, LinkedIn post on your profile, and it is not visible without logging in, then it’s totally safe to do that. The easiest way to check startup, copy and paste the URL to your LinkedIn post startup, an incognito browser session or private browser session, paste that URL in and see if your post is accessible. If it says you should log in, you know, the world is better with LinkedIn or whatever the promotional messages these days, and and you can’t see that post, totally fine. So run a test to see if that is the case, run a test on any of your content on those sites to make sure that you’re not intentionally posting things that are supposed to be private, that are supposed to be restricted. Even some sites like thinking of medium in particular support in their posting what’s called the rel canonical feature, meaning you can specify in a medium post, hey, this post originally appeared over on your company’s blog. And in that case, you are telling Google explicitly, this is not the original, this is not the most authoritative, this is not the most credible, go to this other link to do that. And so that it would be totally safe to do. One thing that people can to do wrong, whether or not we’re talking about SEO implications is that if there are links in the original content, either those links are not tagged correctly with UTM posts with the UTM tracking codes, or they’ve got older ones, that if someone clicks on a link in the in the social network post will be Miss categorized in when the traffic comes to back to your website. So for example, if there’s a link to your homepage at the bottom of the article, and it’s and it’s, for some reason, has inherited an older tracking code that says it’s from an email, and you put that up on LinkedIn, and people click on it, that UTM tracking code will override where the traffic is coming from, and mess up your tracking. So make sure that when you publish content on these other sites, either that they don’t have any UTM tracking codes, or ideally, they have tracking codes that are unique to that site. So for example, if you were to copy and paste a blog post that had a link back to your homepage, the UTM tracking codes, the source would be LinkedIn, the medium would be social. But you might even specify the content code or campaign code, say, Hey, this is from my LinkedIn feed, or this is from a LinkedIn group or something like that. That way, you are certain to be tracking correctly. And giving credit to those efforts to be able to say this is where this comes from this this traffic this visitor, perhaps even this conversion came from our efforts, copying and pasting information on to LinkedIn. The only other negative implication that is possible in the situation is more of a human one. And it is that if you put everything but all your your stuff on a social network, what the incentive for the human to go and go to your website, if they know that it can be handed to them every day, do they really need to go to your website.

And so the way around this is at the bottom of your posts, you may want to keep a running little copy double block of text that says hey, did you enjoy this post here are three more just like it or similar related or more in depth or whatever. That go back to your website to try and pull that traffic away from LinkedIn or Facebook or whatever, back to your website. Because at the end of the day, what you don’t want to do is you don’t want to have all of your eggs in one basket, you don’t want to have people so in love with your LinkedIn profile. And then LinkedIn changes its algorithm or Facebook changes its algorithm. And all that effort and time you put into building up that profile, kind of you lose that value, or you have to get out the credit card and start paying, paying the Piper. Generally speaking, make sure that there are calls to action and every piece of content that you post that sends people away from the social network back to something that you own your email list, your text messaging list, your website, your blog, landing pages, download something that you can use to capture information from that traffic and retain it in a format that you own. Right you own your email list. you own your text messaging list, you own your blog, you own the retargeting cookies, while not you don’t rely on those those advertisers provided. But those are things that you have, and they are not relying on an algorithm to make sure that something that you get in front of the people who have opted in to want to hear from you. So that would be the last more human negative implication. Make sure that you put good stuff on social networks, but not your best stuff. Right put your best stuff on police is that are yours. And so that once somebody gets the they look around, go, Hey, this is you know, it’s like a restaurant like you could set up a little pop up on the sidewalk, somewhere and the food’s pretty good. But then you say, hey, go to the restaurant. And people go to the restaurant like, wow, this is this is you know, your pop up was good. But this is really nice. I’m going to eat here. You want the same kind of reaction from people when they get to the media channels that you have control over? So great question, Travis. important question. duplicate content penalty doesn’t exist anymore. It’s just now search engines are choosing the most authoritative version. Make sure your website is the most authoritative. As always, please leave comments in the comments box below and subscribe to the YouTube channel and to the newsletter, and I’ll talk to you soon. want help solving your company’s data analytics and digital marketing problems. Visit trust insights.ai today and let us know how we can help you


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