Duplicating a “search engines blocked” blog post on other blog

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    I have found some good reading on the forums about why not to duplicate content among blogs and that there is not an “automatic” way to do that. I think I get most of this and appreciate the input and links to google’s webmaster’s page regarding this.

    But the fact remains that sometimes I publish a post on my blog that is designated “search engines blocked” because it is mainly for family and friends (tho’ is not technically fully private), and I later realize it would be appropriate for a public blog post. I have not technically started promoting or writing to my public blog other than some samples, but thought I should clear this up in my mind before I get into full swing of writing blog posts for that one.

    Does the advice hold true not to duplicate content when it involves a “search engines blocked” blog as well as when both blogs are public? It would probably be something like one in twenty posts I’d want to duplicate, or less. I write about home education, so sometimes something that is “personal” is something that it turns out I would want to share with other homeschooling parents – but I don’t really necessarily want my entire personal blog easily searched for. However, an important point here is that often these posts “come about” because I am writing in that relaxed way to family and friends on my “search engines blocked” blog, and I don’t know until after I’ve hit “publish” and looked at it a few days to realize “that’s one others might enjoy, and it doesn’t reveal too much personal.”

    Maybe when that occurs, I just need to delete from the private blog and re-create on the public one? I presume I can “move” text by copy/paste, and that I would have to re-insert photos?

    That is fairly intensive, so I admit to coming here looking for a more “automagic” solution, until I learned from the good forum volunteers why there could be a downside. See? I read the sticky posts! (If this has been addressed with the more private blog, it did not turn up in my forum searches about duplicate blog posts)

    Thanks for considering – there is a part of this that has to do with how creativity occurs that is not strictly technical, and I’m hoping someone can help me with that in mind!

    The blog I need help with is faulconer.wordpress.com.



    There is no automagic solution. Search engines aim to display the most relevant and fresh content and creating suplicate content muddies those waters to such and extent it makes me want to scream.

    There is a solution presented by If your site contains multiple pages with largely identical content, there are a number of ways you can indicate your preferred URL to Google. (This is called “canonicalization”.) More information about canonicalization. > http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?answer=139066

    Another way I have seen bloggers escape a duplicate content penalty is to simply use and excerpt with a link back to the original post in the original blog.

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