deeper - 1:45 pm on Jun 28, 2013 (gmt 0)
Thanks for your experience.
I guess we all agree that clones "tend not to count", but the question still is: do especially their anchors count or are they "deleted completely" in the eyes of Google?
IF anchors count then I don't think it is just a feather. Then it probably would be one definite factor out of two or three which pinguin needs. Then you have bad breath and shifty eyes and this may be enough, because almost no site is perfect considering the rest of all onsite and offsite factors.
I have read a lot about panda and pinguin, I analyzed all clones and I really see NOTHING making a clone link good but I see many things making them bad.
They don't have good content, often the whole site hasn't and the page is just copied from DMOZ. PR of the page in 99% is "unranked" and often the homepage has 0 or 1. Usually the page and the whole site has no theme relevance. For example it is a shop selling shoes but copies the DMOZ with a category about astrology. 99% of the clones are from abroad, for example a japanes site with usually japanes language - except the DMOZ text which is german in my case. Hey, I even found chinese clones and sites from iran. Noone of their country will be able to understand the DMOZ texts.
Concerning trust I think most clones are below average. Does scraping earn trust? Some of them seem to be penalized.
On the penguinized side my site is harmless, except the KW-anchors and two much low-quality backlinks from directories (not only DMOZ). It is not perfect, surely not, for example the good text should be structured better (Panda), but I think my site is just the party guy ONLY with the boobs T-shirt.