What's the likelihood of this happening to my website ?

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I used to have a website with Godaddy and I wrote a bunch of articles on how to build hifi loudspeakers . I also posted a bunch of reviews that was original titles by me . Anyway when I closed my Godaddy site down I saved a bunch of my articles . I posted them on my new Yola website . I read that search engines will boot your site to the back in search engine results if they come across duplicate articles or sites that appeared to have been copied . Anyway I believe this is why my site is so poorly placed in search engine results . The search engines think that all of these articles are copy cats . Heck I'm still seeing articles from the previous site that I have on Yola . My site traffic is so bad that I'm thinking of taking all of the articles off ( even though they are mine ) and starting a completely different website and theme . I heard that search engines will do this and I really believe that this is why my site is poorly ranked .
Anyone real familiar with how search engines please comment .
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Or should I keep my site and put totally different content in it . What would you do ?
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Hi Bob,

That is a really great question. Have the articles been put on other people's sites? It is true that the search engines don't want to index duplicate content so the fact that the exact same articles are out there somewhere else isn't the greatest thing.

But, there is a lot of duplicate content out there if you think about articles that get syndicated on various websites, that is what article directories are for. People go there and find articles to use and place them on their site. So although there is duplicate content out there, it is not necessarily going to be a terrible thing.

So chances are those article pages on your site might not get indexed, or another site with the article on it will come up in the search engine results pages. Even though the articles that are floating around our there are yours, the place where the articles were original published, your old site, is no longer out there.

When you write articles and submit them places, they should contain a link back to your site, specifically the original article. The search engine is smart enough to see that link and follow it and understand that that where the content originated.

What I would suggest is that you continue to put fresh content on your site; it wouldn't be necessary that you take the articles off, but you should continue to put fresh "original" content on the site.

Hope this helps!

Emmy