In digital marketing, “keyword cannibalization” occurs when you have multiple pages on your website that target the same word or phrase. Related is “content cannibalization,” where on YouTube or a blog you continually create content on a core topic and promote many of the pieces using the same keywords.
In both cases, marketers typically do this on purpose with the idea that having multiple pages or content sources with the same keyword will result in higher rankings on search engines. Unfortunately, the opposite often occurs. Because no one particular page or content piece is seen as the ultimate source of information for that topic or keyword, the search engines end up ranking each of your pages or content pieces lower than if you had one outstanding source.
To fix this on a website, you might have to restructure your site architecture so that more specific variations of the topic all link back to one most relevant page that will have higher authority than the other pages.
For content on third-party platforms, the key is to build communication connections to your audience via subscriptions, email lists, groups, etc. so you can inform them directly regarding new content.
When you’re in the business of content creation (and we all are), how you structure access to your content is often as important as the content itself.
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