A few weeks ago, WPN published an article titled Google Busts the Duplicate Content Myth and I have seen a couple of comments lately which indicate some folks seem to think duplicate content is no longer an issue.
I started to wonder: is it really no longer an issue or are there certain types of duplicate content that don’t matter and some that still do?
My understanding is that there is no penalty, per se, for duplicate content, Google simply chooses one page to return in SERPs, depending on the searched term. So, product pages are not an issue.
But if I have a page that’s scraped, it appears that Google gives less weight to the original publication than to links. So if the scraped page gets more links than my page, my original page is thrown into the supplemental index and I must take the time to make a formal complaint … or rewrite my content.
I’d like to hear what our current members are experiencing with duplicate content issues.
Also wanted to share this page I ran across for those who want to do a little more technical explorations of how search engines deal with duplicate content: Google Process for Detecting Near Duplicate Content.
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