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Some help with Press Release Duplicates and Canonicals

   
11:34 am on Jun 14, 2013 (gmt 0)



Hi All,

If the same content available on different pages are considered duplicates, how come the same press releases are displayed in Google's result page via various press release sites that the press release was sent for distribution?

Also, what if the same press release which is being distributed across various pr sites is also available in the source website itself in press release section? Should I need to put a canonical tag to this page in my website and make the page as its own canonical? Because I cannot access the pr sites and ask them to put a canonical back to my site right?


How does Google handle it and how you handle it?


Thanks for all the help!
10:37 pm on Jun 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

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To minimize duplicate content issues you could publish the press release content on your website first. Personally I would prefer to rewrite the press release and avoid any possible duplicate content issue.

I don't try to have my press releases rank in Google. I prefer to use my press releases to inform journalists so they then contact me for interviews.
7:19 am on Jun 24, 2013 (gmt 0)



Thanks :-)

To minimize duplicate content issues you could publish the press release content on your website first
That's really a great idea which we are following already.

Personally I would prefer to rewrite the press release and avoid any possible duplicate content issue
That's really a good suggestion. I will keep that in mind :-) Btw, what about some websites which pull the press releases and publish on their website? Or there are some PR sites which distributes the content across some other PR sites that are in their own network?! I have seen this several times.

Thanks again!