Hey Ryan DeJonghe — this is a great question! Generally, if something is acting as source material it’s a good idea to cite it. Obviously I would keep those links to minimum if they are articles you are directly competing with. This is also why it’s important to make your content noticeably better than rival articles. Even if your readers look at a source article, they will likely still view your article as “more authoritative.”

Another idea is to leave backlinks to rival articles, as a placeholder.

Over time, you can then create content that is better than the individual source articles. This allows you to gradually substitute your subsequent articles, allowing you to capture more traffic.

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