How Google Treats Duplicate Content

Duplicate content is a problem which many bloggers and webmasters care about. The reason is that duplicate content can harm your search engine rankings in the long term.

The block of contents that are similar under the same or different domains can be referred to as duplicate content. However, Google doesn't treat some contents as duplicate in some cases. Like, same article in different languages and occasional snippets (quotes).

When Google encounter with duplicate contents, it's algorithm filter the result of a search because Google wants to provide its users with the unique contents as much as possible. At the time when Google spider crawls a website, it tries to index and show pages with unique informtion. Higher priority is given to the contents that are index at the beginning. This is why we call "Content is the king" in the process of SEO.

So, how can you avoid duplicate content issues in your site?
  • Make changes in your robots.txt file. Let the search engines know which pages are to be indexed.
  • Always use the same url to link to a page within your site.
  • If your content is in Russian language, use top level domain such as .ru
  • Set the option whether you prefer with or without www at Google's Wemaster Tools. Google treats the site with www and without www differently.
  • If other webmasters use your content, make sure they link back to your original one.
  • Don't include the lengthy text at every page. Better to create a seperate page and link to it.
  • Make sure if your Content Management System doesn't publish the same content in various formats.
Duplicate content is a problem that every webmaster deals with. If your content is being published in other websites without your permission, you can notice it to Google by filing a DMCA request.

How to Hide Blogger Navigation Bar

Blogger navigation bar (navbar) is a toolbar that appears at the top of every blogspot blogs automatically. The Blogger navbar is intented to add additional functionality to the blog. However, it seems that only few blog readers use it.

It is possible to hide or remove the navigation bar with a simple CSS hack. The Terms of Service for using Blogger services do not mention anything on the removal of the navigation bar. So, all the bloggers considered it to be safe.

To remove or hide the navbar:
  1. Log in to blogger

  2. Click Layout>Edit HTML. Now you will be taken to the source code page of your blog template.

  3. Find the code ]]> using Ctrl+F.

  4. Copy the following code and paste it just before ]]>
  5. #navbar-iframe {
    
    display: none !important;
    
    }
    

  6. Save the template.

Now, go to your blog and view the change.

Add Sharing is Caring in Blogger Posts

At the time when I was searching online for some information, I visited number of blogspot blogs. And I found that most of those blogs used "Sharing is Caring" social bookmark widgets below every posts. From that moment on, I also wanted to add it in my blog that I have done already.

Besides different social bookmarking widgets found on the internet, "Sharing is Caring" is probably the most attractive and best one. As you know, bookmarking and sharing your blog posts by your readers allows you to achieve more traffic as well as rank higher in the search engines. Therefore, it is better to add social bookmarking widget in your every blogger posts.

This tutorial will help you to add "Sharing is Caring" widget below every blogger posts.

Sharing is Caring
This widget can submit your post to some of the most popular social networking and bookmarking sites like Delicious, Digg, Technorati, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Twitter and Facebook. In addition, it also includes 'Subscribe to RSS' and 'Email to Friends' buttons.

To begin adding this widget, follow the step-by-step instructions.

Step 1
Login to your blogger account. Click Layout>Edit HTML. It is recommended to backup your template by clicking on "Download Full Template" in case if anything goes wrong. Now, expand the template by clicking on the check box of "Expand Widget Templates".

Step 2
Press Ctrl+F and find the code </head>.

Now, add the following code just before the above code.

<!-- Sharing is caring -->

<style type='text/css'>
div.sexy-bookmarks {
height:54px;
background:url(&#39;http://img714.imageshack.us/img714/57/sharing.png&#39;) no-repeat left bottom;
position:relative;
width:540px;
}

div.sexy-bookmarks span.sexy-rightside {
width:17px;
height:54px;
background:url(&#39;http://i43.tinypic.com/2ueii3t.png&#39;) no-repeat right bottom;
position:absolute;
right:-17px;
}

div.sexy-bookmarks ul.socials {
margin:0 !important;
padding:0 !important;
position:absolute;
bottom:0;
left:10px;
}

div.sexy-bookmarks ul.socials li {
display:inline-block !important;
float:left !important;
list-style-type:none !important;
margin:0 !important;
height:29px !important;
width:48px !important;
cursor:pointer !important;
padding:0 !important;
}

div.sexy-bookmarks ul.socials a {
display:block !important;
width:48px !important;
height:29px !important;
font-size:0 !important;
color:transparent !important;

}

.sexy-furl, .sexy-furl:hover, .sexy-digg, .sexy-digg:hover, .sexy-reddit, .sexy-reddit:hover, .sexy-stumble, .sexy-stumble:hover, .sexy-delicious, .sexy-delicious:hover, .sexy-yahoo, .sexy-yahoo:hover, .sexy-blinklist, .sexy-blinklist:hover, .sexy-technorati, .sexy-technorati:hover, .sexy-facebook, .sexy-facebook:hover, .sexy-twitter, .sexy-twitter:hover, .sexy-myspace, .sexy-myspace:hover, .sexy-mixx, .sexy-mixx:hover, .sexy-script-style, .sexy-script-style:hover, .sexy-syndicate, .sexy-syndicate:hover, .sexy-email, .sexy-email:hover {
background:url(&#39; http://img688.imageshack.us/img688/3998/sexybookmarksbuttons.png&#39;) no-repeat !important;
}

.sexy-furl {
background-position:-300px top !important;
}
.sexy-furl:hover {
background-position:-300px bottom !important;
}
.sexy-digg {
background-position:-500px top !important;
}
.sexy-digg:hover {
background-position:-500px bottom !important;
}
.sexy-reddit {
background-position:-100px top !important;
}
.sexy-reddit:hover {
background-position:-100px bottom !important;
}
.sexy-stumble {
background-position:-50px top !important;
}
.sexy-stumble:hover {
background-position:-50px bottom !important;
}
.sexy-delicious {
background-position:left top !important;
}
.sexy-delicious:hover {
background-position:left bottom !important;
}
.sexy-yahoo {
background-position:-650px top !important;
}
.sexy-yahoo:hover {
background-position:-650px bottom !important;
}
.sexy-blinklist {
background-position:-600px top !important;
}
.sexy-blinklist:hover {
background-position:-600px bottom !important;
}
.sexy-technorati {
background-position:-700px top !important;
}
.sexy-technorati:hover {
background-position:-700px bottom !important;
}
.sexy-myspace {
background-position:-200px top !important;
}
.sexy-myspace:hover {
background-position:-200px bottom !important;
}
.sexy-twitter {
background-position:-350px top !important;
}
.sexy-twitter:hover {
background-position:-350px bottom !important;
}
.sexy-facebook {
background-position:-450px top !important;
}
.sexy-facebook:hover {
background-position:-450px bottom !important;
}
.sexy-mixx {
background-position:-250px top !important;
}
.sexy-mixx:hover {
background-position:-250px bottom !important;
}
.sexy-script-style {
background-position:-400px top !important;
}
.sexy-script-style:hover {
background-position:-400px bottom !important;
}
.sexy-syndicate {
background-position:-150px top !important;
}
.sexy-syndicate:hover {
background-position:-150px bottom !important;
}
.sexy-email {
background-position:-753px top !important;
}
.sexy-email:hover {
background-position:-753px bottom !important;
}

</style>

<!-- /Sharing is caring -->

Step 3
Again, find the code <data:post.body/> and add the following code just after it.

<!-- Sharing is caring -->

<div class='sexy-bookmarks'>
<ul class='socials'>
<li class='sexy-delicious'><a expr:href='&quot;http://del.icio.us/post?url=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title' target='_blank' title='Delicious'/></li>

<li class='sexy-digg'><a expr:href='&quot; http://digg.com/submit?url=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title' target='_blank' title='Digg'/></li>

<li class='sexy-technorati'><a expr:href='&quot; http://technorati.com/faves?add=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title' target='_blank' title='Technorati'/></li>

<li class='sexy-reddit'><a expr:href='&quot; http://www.reddit.com/submit?url=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title' target='_blank' title='Reddit'/></li>

<li class='sexy-stumble'><a expr:href='&quot; http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit?url=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title' target='_blank' title='StumbleUpon'/></li>

<li class='sexy-facebook'><a expr:href='&quot; http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title' target='_blank' title='Facebook'/></li>

<li class='sexy-twitter'><a expr:href='&quot; http://twitthis.com/twit?url=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title' target='_blank' title='Twitter'/></li>

<li class='sexy-furl'><a expr:href='&quot; http://www.furl.net/storeIt.jsp?u=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title' target='_blank' title='Furl'/></li>

<li class='sexy-syndicate'><a href='http://feeds.feedburner.com/MainSeoTips' target='_blank' title='Subscribe to RSS'/></li>

<li class='sexy-email'><a expr:href='&quot; mailto:?subject=&quot; + data:post.url + &quot;&amp;title=&quot; + data:post.title' target='_blank' title='Email To Friends'/></li>
</ul></div>
<!-- /Sharing is caring -->

Step 4
Replace "http://feeds.feedburner.com/MainSeoTips" in the above code with RSS feed url of your blog.

Lastly, save the template.

After all the above steps are completed, view your blog and you can see "Sharing is Caring" social bookmarking widget in your every posts.