Flakelet.com reply about duplicate content


It seems I was wrong and the marketing monkeys at Flakelet.com did reply – and with an explanation on how duplicate content works and that I have nothing to worry about! I can go on my merry way copying their articles and pasting them on my site, and Google won’t care a jot – at least according to Ms. Weng Lopez. Here is what she said:

Hi Darren,

Thanks for replying. For details, you can browse the database of our articles at www.flakelet.com, where you can also learn more about how we work.

For concerns about duplicate content here are two reasons:

1. Duplicate content is an issue only when present on your own site (and that kind of duplicate content could cause some serious trouble for you). But, Google won’t punish you for reprinting other peoples’ content and they routinely index duplicate content pages, without a problem. You can easily check this by Googling a random article title from an article directory, such as EzineArticles.com. More often than not, you will find that multiple copies of the same article exist in Google’s index.

Why yes, if you search for a specific article title then you will find the sites where that article has been used. Naturally – if Google didn’t show you the sites where it had been used, it wouldn’t be of much use as a search engine. However, if I searched for phrases relating to that article I would NOT find each of those pages, all being duplicates of each other.

Google won’t punish you for copying content? I happen to think that’s about as inaccurate as you can get. Good luck with that Ms. Weng Lopez.

She continued:

2. We don’t require you to republish our articles “as is.” In fact, you can change them as much (or as little) as you wish and you will own the copyright. In our experience, it’s enough for Google to consider a page unique, if it has a unique title and a meta description. By adding a short 1-2 sentence introduction at the beginning, you should be more than covered.

“In our experience, it’s enough for Google to consider a page unique, if it has a unique title and a meta description.” …erm… no. A world of no, and once again, just in case I’ve not made myself perfectly clear, no.

Btw, we will be covering the issue of duplicate content in detail in our community, which is another good reason for joining. If you are interested, just follow this link http://flakelet.com/wp-register.php and register with the following invitation code: w4507l .

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me again.

Best regards,

Ms. Weng Lopez

Now I have to admit, I am curious as to what they’re going to say about duplicate content – merely because I need a good laugh and don’t often get chuckles on an SEO front – since I stopped visiting the forums at SEOchat at least.

However, I think I’ll leave this be for now… although I can feel the urge to reply coming on.

Darren Jamieson, aka MrDaz, is the Technical Director and co-founder of Engage Web and has been working online in a career spanning two decades. His first website was built in 1998 and is still live today.

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13 thoughts on “Flakelet.com reply about duplicate content”

  1. Thanks for the tip. I got this email a day ago & something just felt really, really off about it. Glad to see I was right.

  2. OMG – you’re right! It does look like Facebook! I just got the initial email that merely says “We would like to sponsor your site. Please let me know if you are interested”.

    So far, you’re the only blogger to mention them, and I’m glad I Googled them to find your 2 posts. You’re saving me a bunch of wasted typing.

    – Margaret

  3. wow thanks for this information! I just got an email from them too. I did reply asking them for some explanations but my way of questioning isnt as great as what you did! thanks for sharing! I will stay tuned! 🙂

  4. I just got this email from this “company” and since I’ve heard of companies trying to get bloggers to put codes (badges) on their site and it is actually a virus that shuts down the site, I Googled this company and found your post.

    Most definitely, Google penalizes our sites for duplicate content but we all know that. Anyone who has a site or a blog SHOULD know that, and if not, then shame on them!

    Thanks for posting about them, and I’ll definitely keep it moving when it comes to this “company”.

  5. It looks like Flakelet.com will have learned a valuable lesson about the power of content here. Now anyone who Googles them will find this post – and learn just what a dodgy offer theirs is.

    Glad I could help 🙂

  6. Hi there,

    If I have blogged about something and someone else copied it without crediting it to me (copying the entire content), how do I report it to Google? Honestly, does Google cares at all?

    Many thanks.

  7. Hi Zewt

    Google does care, but you don’t need to report it to Google. Generally, a website that copies content will be found out and the originator of the content will rank higher in Google.

    Try it out by Googling for the exact title of your post – if your website appears above the one that copied you, you should be in the clear.

  8. Thanks for the heads up, I got an email from them today. At first I was excited then I went to the site and thought WTF is this. Glad I didn’t waste my time. I wonder where they found me at.

  9. So glad I googled them and found this. Power of the internet. Thanks for writing about them and saving me the time.

  10. Got the email too. Here I thought “sponsor” meant “pay you for advertising”. I googled “any problems with flakelet” and am glad your post was on the first page! Will stay far, far away from flakelet.

  11. I see this hoax is still going strong! I just got this email today and thought it sounded very fishy,.. I’m so glad you blogged about this and hope anyone else who is contacted by them Googles it before accepting their “offer”!

  12. I’m glad I’ve found your post . I received the same email, twice in two days and I was googling their url to see if someone knows something.

    I didn’t even think about duplicate content, you can easily rewrite an article and take just the main idea but there is a more important question: who is that sponsor I have to link to?
    I saw on their main page the last articles were about dating, or what if I have to link to a porn site and I don’t want to?
    By the way, I see that invitation code is one ad the same for everyone, mine is the same as yours.

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