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legitimate duplicate content --

how to handle this

11:02 am on May 30, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Quadrille wrote in reply to another post further down this list:

>>Much more dangerous are blocksof text; paragraphs or more, and great long lists of internal navigation and site promotional stuff.<<

I am putting up a site for a client who is in the concrete protection business. He has signed on with a supplier for his equipment and materials.

The supplier of course advertises what he sells to the service providers (they have a very nice and fully fleshed out site). AND, of course my client wants to use this information (text only) to promote his site, which is obviously not a problem with the supplier.

BUT -- what on earth can be done about duplicate content in this instance-- which is a completely logical use of dup content?

This is my first encounter with this kind of set-up.

Advice much appreciated.

[edited by: Clair at 11:03 am (utc) on May 30, 2007]

3:51 am on June 4, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Do you want to gain search engine rankings for your own page with the supplier's content?

If you don't mind not being index you could add a meta tag to disallow bots to view the page. Otherwise it would probably be smart to only include a part of the content then link to the full content.

OR maybe if you supplement that page with enough original content it won't be seen as duplicate content (just a guess).

9:19 am on June 5, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Hi LB --
The content on the home page is different. Much of the duplicate content consists of bulleted lists about service/material features also images, but they have diff. names and alt tags on the site I created.

I want my client's site to rank with the SEs. The supplier is not a competitor -- just a supplier selling only to the contractors that use the supplier's equipment and materials.

This is driving me nuts and I thank you very much for commenting.