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Duplicate content.  What is it?

Your site should have works that are original to the online environment.  If not, you’ll be penalized by Google (in terms of your ranking) — don’t worry, no nun is going to come to your house wearing brightly colored letter-badges and slap you with a “Search now” ruler — but you don’t want to lose your ranking in Google if you can help it.

This is part of being a contributor who shares things with the online world!

A recent change to Google’s algorithm sticks it to duplicate content harder than Google did before.

There were a couple of articles about all this—and one that ironically quotes the other (duplicate content?) here: Google Algorithm Change, Greenlight: Small Business – Technology , and here: Google update cracks down on duplicate content.

I’m bringing this up to remind everyone that the main thing you want to contribute online is good, high quality, unique/original content.  …and I also want to solve a problem I may have inadvertently caused.

A little while ago, I showed a mock-up of a World War II veteran stories website, that was supposed to be a demonstrator to the good folks at the Film Farm, but I neglected to explain duplicate content penalties, and how a real website shouldn’t have content just copied and pasted from Wikipedia.

They recently put out a new post (as I’d urged them to become more regular about content being posted to their site) and they’d followed through with gusto.  However, their latest post, featuring a new type of update that they were going to share—namely videos from their archives.

However, I noticed that a big (more than half) part of their post was a chunk of quoted material from Wikipedia, and I realized that might get them sent in the wrong direction on their search rankings.

Oops!  So, I wrote them an explanatory comment…and then in searching around for more information on this topic, I wrote this article to compile it all here.

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Though there’s always so much to say about technology, especially in this rapid “exponential” age of advancement and gizmos—I found that I was not fully using my unique voice, just posting here.

So, without further ado, let me announce the launch and inception of my new blog, “I Am Not Your Pastor,” which follows a short term I held as a minister at a local ministry.

The URL is IAmNotYourPastor.com, and here you can expect to find both my insights (which I hope and believe are unique and fairly helpful) and some stories of divine coincidence and other experiences I’ve had. Also, I’ve invited guest writers to share their thoughts, and we’ll see what happens from there.

I don’t pretend that I’m perfect, or that I have all the solutions to make life work right, but I’m here, and I have something to say.  So, just as Maya Angelou once wrote (or was it a Chinese proverb?) —

A bird does not sing because it has an answer,

it sings because it has a song.

And, thus—I just had to start singing—in this case, it’s a sort of writing and sharing through blogging.

My two main goals for this new website are “serendipity” (the discovery of new, right-angle-to-previous-thinking concepts) and “synergy” the emergence of better things through the combination of multiple angles or viewpoints (generating a result which is “more than the sum of its parts”).

Yes, you’ll still be able to check back here and find new things—but focus in online blogging will be there, at this new blog, at least for now.

I made a post a few months back about the concept of really following your dreams, making the world a better place, and “creating things of beauty never before seen on the earth.”

This is part of why I’m doing what I’m doing here.

MY QUEST IS COMPLETED!

WordPress bloggers, read on: The quest to which I refer is that of a long-standing desire to find a simple way to on-the-spottishly grab some sort of webpage, or whatever cool new thing I came across and quickly throw it into a spot where I could grab it later.  Though I had known about and explored social bookmarking, including a somewhat (but little) used del.ico.us account, I still found myself looking for something more.

That something would be later evolved, in part, into this blog.  Thus the part of the quest that involved storing and sharing the information was then done.
The full-on mission objective that I’m talking about is this: I wanted to have a way to handle all the cool-new things that we were finding online and record, save, store and share them.  The problem with learning so much is that you have to save it, remember it—that’s our job as human beings—we our responsible to remember things that are important.  It’s one of those rare human gifts, perhaps setting us apart from animals and inanimate objects moreso than walking upright, using fire, or any other technology—we are perhaps the only instrument by which a serious, detailed record of the past is imposed on the Universe…

But perhaps a wax philosophic.  I do!

So, anyways, the point of this blog was to save things—save information, and then share them with others, and all the good things that come along with that.  The question then is, now that I have all these things shared, how do I quickly harvest all this low-hanging fruit that I am constantly coming across?

Here’s the solution: the “Press This” button or “add-on” or whatever it’s called.  Apparently, it’s a little do-dad that you can download from the WordPress site, assuming then that you have a WordPress blog and you are using it to keep track of, and share interesting things that may have related how-to sites, wikis, news articles, video-sharing streams, or what-have you online.  Now, if you are, this is a good thing for you to use.

The WordPress how-to site describes it like so:

Use Press This to clip text, images and videos from any web page. Then edit and add more straight from Press This before you save or publish it in a post on your site.

But  more-to-the-point, let me describe it as this: a quick way to grab the “low-hanging fruit” and throw them back into the “blog on this later bin.”  Very cool, and probably obvious—yet, I’m a bit skeptical as to whether or not most people knew about this.  Of course, there were always social-bookmarking toolbar buttons for your browser (which is what this highly resembles) but…nevertheless, this fits well, hand-in-glove, in-fact, with the whole idea of find, save, share.

Today is a test day for a new service that may make cable companies obsolete.  With new streaming services via sites like Hulu, Netflix, and more, the web is fast becoming the place to watch video, even live video.

YouTube is putting to test the last remaining bastion of old-timey TV—live news and sports.

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The blog article “Bye-bye TV?” asks us just what will happen in the future…and tells more details about this breakthrough project.

Lunch.com is an interactive new community of shared personal insight, reviewing multiple and various topics, anything from books and movies, to hiking trails and various activities.  Make sure you check into this amazing new website when you have a chance.  I just signed up through a special offer to be part of a sub-community of book-reviewers called “Cafe Libre.”

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