A couple years ago I did a Data Driven Daily Tip on how much SEO juice I was getting by creating original content, normally in the form of a video for YouTube, then taking the audio, using it as a podcast episode, and transcribing it into a written blog, always posting it on my website, Data Driven Design, as well as LinkedIn and

Well, I recently found out I’ve been banned from Medium, likely for duplicate content.

This, after posting more than 500 articles in this way, and benefitting from some SEO juice in the process.

I definitely don’t regret getting banned from Medium. Here’s why:

I’m the thought leader and the content creator. I own the content.

I have more than 500 pieces of original content each posted in more than 5 places, including Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, my own website and of course, up until now, Medium.

As you’ll see in this video, posting this duplicate content on Medium over the last three years, still benefits me, even while banned.

Also, even more importantly, the muscle memory and habits I’ve developed over the last few years have made me a content powerhouse that will continue to produce and benefit from it. This, my friends, is the true way to execute a solid digital strategy.

Find your niche, and flex it often.

Thanks for reading, watching and listening, and have a great day!


Paul Hickey, Founder / CEO / Lead Strategist at Data Driven Design, LLC and founder of The Voice Event, and The Voice Designer, has created and grown businesses via digital strategy and internet marketing for more than 15 years. His sweet spot is using analytics to design and build websites and grow the audience and revenue of businesses via SEO/Blogging, Google Adwords, Bing Ads, Facebook and Instagram Ads, Social Media Content Marketing, Email Marketing and most recently, Voice App Design and Development – Alexa Skills and Google Actions. The part that he’s most passionate about is quantifying next marketing actions based on real data.

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