How I Got Fooled By a Blogger To Publish Duplicate Content ?

I recently started accepting guest posts on LionBlogger. Though I always do a background check on the guest authors and the articles they submit. But the most recent guest post that I accepted on duplicate-content-4IFTTT and Internet Marketing turned out to be a duplicate content. I wouldn’t have known about this if it wasn’t for Joseph Efoghor of BizSuccessGuide.

He was the one who warned me about the duplicate content on LionBlogger. Now, let’s take a look at what actually happened.

What actually happened ?

A guy named Matthew Woodward sent me an e-mail a week ago to let me know that he wants to guest post on my blog.

Here’s an image below of the e-mail he sent to me.

To be honest, he was featured on the Problogger Bloggers to Watch : Reader’s Choice post on Problogger . I also checked out the SearchEngineJournal link he provided in the e-mail and everything seemed legit.

The Culprit : Matthew Woodward

I also checked out his blog – http://www.matthewwoodward.co.uk/ . I had no idea that the post he submitted was a duplicate one and had submitted it to other places as well. So, I didn’t do a Google search on the post because I never thought in my wildest dreams that it would turn out to be a duplicate one.

I published the post on Wednesday, even got 2-3 comments on that post. But then yesterday, I got an e-mail from Joseph Efoghor warning me about the post. To my surprise, the same article was published on BizSuccess Guide a day after it was published on LionBlogger.

Here’s an image below of the e-mail Efoghor sent me.


As you can see the same post was published on BizSuccessGuide. After I got this e-mail I did some Google search and found the article on another place as well. Here’s the link to it – IFTTT for Internet Marketing.

I immediately deleted the post because I didn’t want to be penalized by Google or anything. Furthermore, I don’t like this kind of people who are just hungry for backlinks and would go to any lengths to acquire them.


After this incident, I will be more strict on accepting guest posts from guest authors. At present, I am also looking for quality guest posts on my blog which simply means that I wouldn’t them accept if they’re not good enough.

What do you feel about this incident ? Have you faced a similar incident ? You can share your views with us in the comment section.

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Lahaul Seth

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