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Site In Supplemental Results - content duplicated on other sites?

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Msg#: 3331110 posted 7:35 pm on May 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi a client of mine has a lyrics database. I am trying to help him optimize his site. I noticed that a lot of his pages are in supplemental results and am not sure what is causing it.

Is the fact that he is storing a database of lyrics a problem, in that it has near identical content in comparison to other lyrics sites? His content would probably be identical to the content of any other lyrics site

I took a couple random songs and searched the net for their lyrics and found many sites with the exact or nearly exact same text. However, their pages were up in the regular index, this persons is not.

His site is currently page rank 2 with 1500 pages indexed almost all in supplemental results.

I've read other posts that suggest that supplemental results can occur on templated pages because the pages all look the same and there is not enough changing text to make google think the pages are different. Lyrics text tend to be short. Less than 200 words probably.

Is that fact that his content is duplication of other content bad? It is as good as getting a datafeed from some well known site. I've seen sites use datafeeds for content and they are not in supplemental. Can this problem be solved by increasing the pagerank of the site from 2 to 4 or 5?

Any insight would be helpful



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Msg#: 3331110 posted 12:33 am on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

Once Google has listed several to several dozen of the biggest and most popular sites, what value would they get by listing more sites that have exactly same stuff, but which are either smaller, newer, and/or less trusted?


They get filtered out of the results.


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Msg#: 3331110 posted 1:16 am on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

I am seeing new sites that don't get filtered out so there seem to be other issues at work. Those sites have higher page rank like around 5. i'm sure that is helping their trustworthiness but are there other factors besides PR that can help in this situation


Msg#: 3331110 posted 1:39 am on May 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

As usual some good advice from g1smd. For your site to succeed I think it needs to look at what the already established sites have done and provide a unique twist.Some original ideas and content will I am sure help sort this problem.

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