londrum - 8:22 pm on May 14, 2011 (gmt 0)
A simple trick I picked up that puts scrapers to work for me was a change in my rss feeds that embeds a link to my site as well as my site written out in text (www.example.com) from the start of every post. Scrapers dislike my feed because of this but some still use it and Google does indeed count some of the incoming links as backlinks.
this always worked in the past, but im not so sure that it does now. because the link will always be alongside duplicate content (unless the words on your feed are 100% different to your site, which is unlikely).
google doesnt seem to be able to tell (or care) where the info came from in the first place because the scrapers/rss feeders are outranking us.
so im thinking that we need to get rid of ALL this duplicate stuff, even the feeds