That is the question I want to ask everyone today. I have read so many articles about the negative effect of duplicate content it really scares me to do. Even if I wrote the content myself and repost it I'm told it is a bad idea. When I first started my blog on my website I was told I shouldn't repost any of my activerain blog to it.
My question is have any of you done it and what were the effects from it. Did the search engine lay the hammer on you or did you get a boost from it. I ask because there is one other person blogging about real estate in my area. Every time I go to his blog to see what he posted I get a familiar feeling while I read. So I start digging and find that it is an exact reprint of the local paper or a website reporting about a local event. I mean word for word not even a summarization of the report. My deal is a lot of people seem to be reading it.
Now i'm not jealous or anything but it bothers me because I don't feel right doing it myself. I work hard to write a good post and it take something very valuable from me which is my time. If anything I might write a summary of a report in my own words. That takes time though, and lately I have been to busy to make a regular post every day. I could do like him and copy paste what do you think.
I know this is a sore topic just here on activerain so please give me your opinion.
Here are a few links on the subject: