4 Styles of Content – What are They?

February 17, 2011 in Blog Education by Diane

Like many people and being human I sometimes confuse the meanings of certain terms, such as duplicate content, syndicated content,plagiarized content and spun content.

So to help me keep all these terms straight and in the process helping you all understand these terms, Here is a short glossary of the different kinds of content there are and what the actually mean.

Duplicate Content

(I have to say this is one term that I keep misusing when talking about spun content or plagiarized content.)
I love how duplicate content is defined on Wikipedia Duplicate content is a term used to describe content that appears on more than one web page, within the same web site. When multiple pages within a web site contain essentially the same content, search engines such as Google can penalise/not display that site in any relevant search results.You can compare it to being on a crossroad, and road signs are pointing in 2 different directions for the same final destination: which road should you take? And now, to make it “worse” the final destination is different too, but only ever so slightly. As a reader, you don’t mind: you get the content you came for. But a search engine has to pick which one to show in the search results, as it doesn’t want to show the same content twice.

Syndicated Content or is that Content syndication?

Very simply when you write a blog post or article and you post said writing in many places, then you have syndicated your work. it will always have your name on the article, some kind of profile can be found and the name of your company,website or blog. A great example of syndicated content is a press release, which can be found in hundreds or even thousands of places. You are not “duplicating” content, you are reaching a greater audience.  The upside to using syndicated content on your blog or web site is if it is adding value to your blog, if it helps answer a question or proving a point within your post and IF IT IS DONE WITH PERMISSION, you will find that using good quality syndicated content can indeed help your site and not hinder it.

Plagiarized Content.

While I have written about plagiarism before, in the context of this post I have to say…people who plagiarize or steal content from another persons hard work needs to be taken out and shot with a wet noodle ( sorry I am a bit of a pacifist).  It is disgusting, it is wrong wrong wrong!  Just because you know how to copy and paste, does not give you the right to steal a blog post, an article or even an image and that is all I will say about this!

Spun Content

Number one what exactly is spun content? Basically you take an article that you like and you use an application or program and you change that article so that it looks new or unique.  In theory you can create 50 new articles (or more) from the original article and then it can be submitted to countless of article directories which is supposed to save you  time and help with your SEO.
The one time I had debate on content spinners, it ended up in a bit of a flaming war simply because I really do not like them in any way.  So I am going to be smart this time and say, there is a lot of information regarding these programs and if you are interested, then research this subject yourself and I wish you well.

Today’s resources are based on a person wanting to know if content has been copied or plagiarized.

Believe it or not the easiest way to find out if something you read is unique is by simply typing in the first few lines of an article and putting it into the Google Search..it works like a charm!

Ok I have two places for you to look, one is free and one is a paid service.

The paid service is called Copyscape and according to WikipediaCopyscape is an online plagiarism detection service that checks whether similar text content appears elsewhere on the web. It was launched in 2004 by Indigo Stream Technologies, Ltd.” I have to say it is worth checking into. It does have a free component which is nothing to sneeze at in its own right, but the paid aspect is way more powerful.

The free service is called ( suitably)  Plagiarisma.Net.  ”Plagiarism checker is a handy tool that helps to scan documents of any type for plagiarism, and you really owe it to yourself to run your documents through it before you submit them, if you’re a student, blogger, writer or grade them in case you’re a teacher. It also may benefit you as a business owner when you order content, and pay money for it, to make sure whether the content you ordered is 100% original” I have tried this service out for myself and it is easy to use and it will give you  a very thorough report!