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(Entry was posted by Peter Cornish on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Friday, March 20, 2015).

How to escape a Duplicated Content Penalty.

How to escape a Duplicated Content Penalty.
A site`s main SEO issue was a domain parked on top, presumably resulting in a dup content penalty. 

Have changed the parked domain to a 301 redirect (should it just be removed it altogether?) and replaced most of the site`s text a few weeks ago but still no significant organic performance change

Have we done enough to clear the dup content penalty ?
What lead time is it likely to be before we see organic performance change ? ?

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  • Peter Cornish: How to escape a Duplicated Content Penalty.
    A site's main SEO issue was a domain parked on top, presumably resulting in a dup content penalty. ;

    Have changed the parked domain to a 301 redirect (should it just be removed it altogether?) and replaced most of the site's text a few weeks ago but still no significant organic performance change

    Have we done enough to clear the dup content penalty ?
    What lead time is it likely to be before we see organic performance change ? ;
  • Richard Hearne: If you do have a penalty you're likely looking in the wrong place. Duplicate content is generally ignored rather than penalised, and simply parking a domain (which sounds more like forwarding it to your main site) shouldn't cause any penalty.

    This would be supported by your mention of updating the content without change in ranking.

    When did this penalty occur, what's your site domain, how old is the site?

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