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    PR Loss due to PLR Articles?

    I have a site that has approx. 30 plr articles. So noine of the content is unique. After the current PR update, the site increased from PR0-PR1. The site has a couple of related PR4 links and some PR2 links. So, why didn't the site get a higher PR?

    My theory is that the plr articles are in the supplemental index and the supplemental pages aren't flowing any PR back to the homepage.

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    Care to share a URL? I would be willing to take a look (and a guess).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canonical View Post
    Care to share a URL? I would be willing to take a look (and a guess).
    I just pm'd the url. The first article is new and unique content which was recently added.

    It's actually 60 PLR articles. The articles are listed on the home page under related posts and I'm using a related post plugin.

    I guessing that the site is losing PR due to the PR flowing from the homepage to the pages in the supplemental index. The loss occuring as the supplemental pages aren't flowing the PR back to the homepage.

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    Well most of the time PLR content is good, and if you bought a PLR pack that is only getting released like 10 times, then you should be okay.

    Im surprised your got PR on a site that is all PLR content anyways

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    Quote Originally Posted by d0rhk View Post
    Well most of the time PLR content is good, and if you bought a PLR pack that is only getting released like 10 times, then you should be okay.
    Most PLR articles get resold or given away thousands of times. Even the rewrites get stale.

    Quote Originally Posted by d0rhk View Post
    I'm surprised your got PR on a site that is all PLR content anyways
    The homepage is using excerpts. I think that is what helped me.

    I planning to leave the PLR articles but remove the links from the recent posts from the homepage. Then, I will organize the content with taxonomy to show excerpts under categories. At present, there aren't any categories and I believe that the 62 links to each of the PLR articles is causing a massive loss of PR.

    I'm also adding orginal content. Gavenecko has written me some quality articles through his content writing services offered in the NetBuilders Marketplace - Content Writing Services

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    Why don't you re-write the articles to differentiate them from the other PLR articles?

    I would never consider using PLR content on any site. While Google claims that there is no penalty applied to duplicate content, all the evidence proves otherwise. It may not technically be a penalty as Google describes it, but the net effect is the same.

    I'm not surprised that you picked up some PR, but you are in danger so losing it on the inner pages if the site gets run through the duplicate content filter. My theory is that the filter is not part of the normal ranking algorithm, so duplicate content pages can initially rank well, but then get nailed when they get caught by the filter when it is run at a later date. When pages get hit, the toolbar PR turns to a gray bar and the pages get dumped into the supplemental index. The home page frequently escapes the PR penalty, but the inner pages rarely do.

    I've seen this happen over and over with new affiliate marketing sites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    Why don't you re-write the articles to differentiate them from the other PLR articles?
    I'm considering it. But 62 rewrites are a lot. If I can get some clicks from the new content, it probably will be worth it.

    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I would never consider using PLR content on any site. While Google claims that there is no penalty applied to duplicate content, all the evidence proves otherwise. It may not technically be a penalty as Google describes it, but the net effect is the same.
    I have another site that has around 130 PLR articles and the site is getting some long tail traffic. Though really not enough to say that I'm getting any real value.

    Quote Originally Posted by TopDogger View Post
    I'm not surprised that you picked up some PR, but you are in danger so losing it on the inner pages if the site gets run through the duplicate content filter. My theory is that the filter is not part of the normal ranking algorithm, so duplicate content pages can initially rank well, but then get nailed when they get caught by the filter when it is run at a later date. When pages get hit, the toolbar PR turns to a gray bar and the pages get dumped into the supplemental index. The home page frequently escapes the PR penalty, but the inner pages rarely do.

    I've seen this happen over and over with new affiliate marketing sites.
    Duplicate content is not necessarily bad. I think that the duplicate content gets filtered into the supplemntal index depending on how much authority and trust the website has.

    The gray toolbar isn't necessarly a problem. The pages still get crawled. However, there is something that gets tripped or a manual penalty that casues pages and sites to become de-indexed.

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