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Does duplicate content eventually age itself out?



5:40 pm on Sep 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Years ago, I had four sites in the same niche with similar content. 9 months ago, I shutdown three of the websites and parked the domains, leaving me with just one website in this niche.

Some of the content from the shutdown websites was good and I would like to republish it on my one remaining website. Is it "safe" to re-use the content from the shutdown websites and republish it on the one remaining site? Or does Google remember that it once lived on a different domain and therefor it's duplicate content (even though the original no longer exists)? Anyone have experience with this?


10:07 pm on Sep 13, 2012 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member tedster is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

If the content is no longer actively served, and then it re-appears on a different domain, it's not duplicate. I'm sure Google has extensive historical data - but we don't know how much or how they use that data. All iinds of things are "possible".

I can tell you from experience that if old content that is gone is now put up at a new URL, that also does not cause ranking issue.

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