Does Google Filter Out Religious Content

Mar 26, 2013 • 8:37 am | comments (13) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

religious booksThere is an interesting thread at DigitalPoint Forums which I've never seen before. It is an SEO question on how Google handles duplicate content due to religious content.

This webmaster runs a religion blog on Buddhism and he often quotes a lot of religious texts that are all over the internet. He is worried that since the passages he quotes is all over the internet, Google may filter out his own content because it is too duplicative to other content on the internet.

The thing is, quoting passages and adding your own commentary to that passage is unique. That is what makes religious texts so valuable.

I do the same thing hear. I quote a ton and then add a little more value to what I quote, so people have the context, hopefully understand the bigger picture and get a more solid answer on.

So if you have a religious blog, don't just copy and paste passages and that is it. Make sure you add value by adding your own experiences to the text, adding your commentary or doing something revolutionary with that content.

Trust me, with old religion there are plenty of ways to add value.

Forum discussion at DigitalPoint Forums.

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03/26/2013 02:14 pm

Why care about the Google, if you truly believe in your god ? Guy just admitted, that for him the god named Google is more powerful god, than the god named Buddha ))


03/26/2013 02:38 pm

Buddha isn't supposed to be a god.


03/26/2013 03:03 pm

Say about that to buddhists )

Klaus Junginger

03/26/2013 04:01 pm

What about item 4.5 (page 105) of the Raters' Guide (march 2011) "4.5 Copied Content that is NOT Spam Some copied content is not spam. Here are some examples: lyrics, poems, proverbs, quotes, etc. This type of content has no unique or central authority." K


03/26/2013 04:51 pm

I am a Buddhist we don't have Gods. Much like the Klingon we found them to be too much hassle, always wanting something burnt at the stake or something ;)


03/26/2013 06:50 pm

When and where do you guys meet up? +1? :)


03/26/2013 07:43 pm

Sorry, but adopting some of the philosophy doesn't make one a Buddhist. Western Buddhism has absolutely different roots from the original. Just go your "brothers in faith" in Sri Lanka ... You'll get the opportunity to see the difference. However, to be completely precise, sure Buddha by himself is not the god.

Andy Morley

03/26/2013 10:32 pm

Google is my God and Matt Cutts.... The messiah?.. Ha ha maybe not.


03/27/2013 12:05 pm

More like the Saint Paul?

Gareth Evans

03/28/2013 01:09 am

I do the same thing hear.....

Martin Oxby

03/28/2013 01:40 pm

Amazing how quick the conversation spirals out of control on topics like this! LOL


03/28/2013 04:50 pm

Having a religion doesn't imply you actually have to do anything with other people of that religion, I'm a happy loner *cry* ;) Buddhism in various parts of the world is different but the core philosophy is the same, much like Catholics and Protestants have different beliefs.


04/05/2013 02:42 pm

Why not just link to a website that hosts the religious text and provide substantial commentary on the blog instead of just a few sentences tacked onto an enormous quote?

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