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If I Copy & Paste Text from Another Website onto my Own, will I Hurt my Search Engine Rankings?

Question: I am building an eCommerce site where I will be selling products that appear on other sites, including manufacturers’ sites. If I cut and paste descriptions from one of those sites onto my own, will I hurt my Search Engine rankings? Jonathan Rosen, Give.bz

My instincts are to say “Yes, it would hurt your rankings.” In SEO (Search Engine Optimization), duplicating content from one site to another is never recommended under any circumstances. However, if you are adding lots and lots of items onto your eCommerce site, it sure would make it a lot faster and easier to copy and paste rather than having to create a unique description for every single product.

I’ve done some research, and my instincts were right. It is a bad idea to duplicate content from one website to another, especially when you don’t own both sites. But to make your life easier, go ahead, copy and paste; then tweak the text and make it your own. This will serve to:

1.   Protect your hard-won search engine rankings.

2.   Your site will have a consistent “voice” throughout.

3.   You can make your descriptions more compelling than the original.

4.   You will have total control over all the content on your site

For more interesting tips on SEO and eCommerce, click here:

Guide to Optimize your eCommerce Site for Search Engines

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August 1st, 2009

Can Twitter Help my Local Business?

I spend a lot of time these days talking to local businesses about Social Media and discussing how they can use Blogs, Facebook, Twitter and other channels. And that can be challenging because in many cases people have a hard time seeing the connection between online social activities and their businesses. Sometimes even in spite of the fact that they are familiar with one or more social channels already for their personal use.

I have discovered that telling stories about how other businesses are using Social Media to be the best way to get to that “AHA!” moment where the possiblities are suddenly staring them right in the face.

I came across this article in the New York Times that I think successfully illustrates the opportunities for local business to successfully use Twitter. Take a look and let me know your thoughts!

Click here:

Mom-and-Pop Operators Turn to Social Media, The New York Times

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July 23rd, 2009

Can I Prevent People from Posting my Photo on Facebook?

This Question was asked by Joanna Cohlan of Fresh Eyes For Your Home

After experiencing some embarrassing moments myself, I have wondered the same thing. This is an issue that so many people are concerned about that Paul Boutin who writes Gadgetwise, a technology blog for The New York Times, recently devoted at least one blog post to this topic.

Bottom line, you can’t stop anyone from posting a picture of you on Facebook. That’s a nightmare for those of us who are not real keen on how we look on film. However, there are a few things you can do to reduce the visibility of those pesky pictures where you are tagged:

If a photo of you has already been posted and tagged on Facebook:

1. Find the photo. Underneath it you will see In this photo

2. Your name will have a link next to it, click remove tag

3. Voila! The tag is gone.

What if you want to keep the whole world from finding pictures of you on other people’s profile pages?

1. Go to Settings on the upper right hand corner of your Profile page, you’ll see a drop-down menu, click on Privacy Settings.

2. Click on Profile

3. In the list, you’ll see Photos Tagged of You, Click on Custom

4.  Where you see Who Can See This? Click on Only Me

This will prevent people from searching for you in photos and keep them from seeing other photos where you are tagged.

If this is all too complicated, you could ask your teenaged son or daughter do it for you (although they probably wouldn’t understand why you would want to do it in the first place!)

To read more go to:  http://gadgetwise.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/05/how-to-block-facebook-photos-of-yourself/

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July 10th, 2009

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