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However, last week for university I was required to read "The Roots of Muslim Rage" by Bernard Lewis, originally published in 1990.
Here is my Google search for "The Roots of Muslim Rage" [google.com]
As becomes plainly obvious with the results, on the first page of results, 8 of 10 pages are displaying the ariticle, and ALL have atleast some PR:
Listing 1: PageRank 6 (Possible Authority Site)
Listing 2: PageRank 4 (Possible Authority Site)
Listing 3: PageRank 4 (Not Authority Site)
Listing 4: PageRank 3 (Not Authority Site)
Listing 5: PageRank 3 (Not Authority Site)
Listing 6: <Not the Article>
Listing 7: PageRank 1 (Not Authority Site)
Listing 8: PageRank 2 (Not Authority Site)
Listing 9: PageRank 3 (Possible Authority Site)
Listing 10: <Not the Article>
More interesting still, the first listing (Atlantic Monthly) is where the article was originally published. And the 9th listing acutally links to the first listing.
Therefore, google ISN'T penalizing these pages for showing the same content.
Comments? Explainations? Other Examples? Lets see if we can get to the bottom of this!
I am gathering that Google and the other search engines have a tough time scrutinizing down to the paragraph and sentence levels.
If I am wrong, someone please point me in the right direction.
Maybe I'm missing something here. Isn't a lower PR a downgrade?
Yes, a lower PR would be a downgrade, but there are over a hundred other factors that affect your position in the SERPs. If any one of them gets downgraded, your position in the SERPs could drop. PR is only a single factor amongst many. PR is not the only measure to go by.
Surely a page with on-topic inbound links would tend to be the best source of information.
Older pages would naturally tend to have more links either internally from a growing site or from outside sources.
What is the real-life experience?