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How to quote another site without duplication penalty?

any chance that <cite> tags might work?



6:44 am on Nov 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I've got reason to quote a federal government site for a few definitions of programs. Having hung around here, I'm really nervous about triggering G's dupe content land mine.

Would anyone have an opinion if using a <cite> tag might tell the spyder to accept the content between tags as an obvious quote from somewhere else?

Or any other method that might be used by science/education/etc sites when they have to use a citation word-for-word?


7:32 am on Nov 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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If you just list several quotes from one of their pages on one of your pages it could cause problems. But if you just do one short quote per page and then do an analysis of what the quote means or if you had an article in which the quote is just a small part there shouldn't be a problem. That way the quote from another webpage is just a small part of the overall page.

Be sure to set up a reference of some sort to the original source. I don't know if he cite tags help but they wouldn't hurt. I'm not sure if <cite> is that meaningful anymore.



7:36 pm on Nov 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks, anne.

I think I'll try your suggestion, keeping the quote to less than, say, 10% of page volume.

I'm still nervous about other repeated content (navbars,etc) that I didn't want to add to it if possible.

It's weird, how much we have to worry about a per cent here and there.


7:38 pm on Nov 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I doubt <cite> would have any effect - wouldn't all spam sites just use that to steal content?


7:40 pm on Nov 13, 2005 (gmt 0)

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nav bars aren't repeated content, all websites have navbars. People are getting really carried away here with very little empirical reasoning.

The only real duplicate content issue you would have is if you simply copy and pasted in a gov web page into your webpage. Any other use is fine. Any normal, fair use type quoting is just one block of some text within other blocks of text.

Google only pays the barest of attention to tags, and I would give you 100 to 1 odds the cite tag is totally ignored. Like most other tags, by the way.


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