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Proposition: I have been approached to syndicate non-original content on my site. I appreciate the fact that this is duplicate content and I expect it to perform as such in the SE’s, however I have the means to integrate it into our current system of “related content”, “tag clouds”, "Topic" (ancillary pages that by far out number the actual article pages) etc, etc. which in turn very well could enhance the rest of my site from an end user point of view.
Question: What are the Pro’s and Con’s? I would not want to risk what I already have, which is very good SE placement for my thousands of original articles and their respective ancillary pages. But I would like to present more onsite related content for the end user, and maybe benefit slightly from add SE traffic.
You might be risking your good name for that factor, and if so, you could see scrapers start to challenge some of your original pages.
Can you do a partial test, say 20% or so, and then see what happens over the next month or two?