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If copies of my articles end up getting posted around the internet, will this trip the duplicate filter?
I've heard recently that Google keeps the oldest version but is that accurate. In the past (pre-Florida) I had pages dropped that I created and another site outright cut-and-pasted onto their domain.
domainname.com - same text here at all sites that link to you.
Will that hurt anything on my end?
If that's true, then that is a Google flaw in my opinion. I can understand Google not wanting to index tons of duplicate content, but dropping pages from the original site is just bogus to me. If I'm a reputable website that syndicates content and 100,000 sites reprint my articles, my site/page should be seen as an authority, and it should not be dropped at all.
If they have other text on the same page it should not be seen as duplicate content, but even if they do it won't hurt you in anyway.
Thanks. Did you mean to say....."but even if they don't it won't hurt you in any way."?
This is exactly what I'm seeing on my end. I post press-releases on their own separate pages from organizations in my area. Have done so for a long time now.
Those individual pages do seem to suffer now, whereas the rest of my site will still do well...okay, ok, aside from the problems Bourbon's brought to my front door.
<<No user wants to see two copies of the same thing.>>
Unless of course they don't have easy access to the original because of the SEs crappy SERPs or because the originating organization simply isn't that well known or rather, as popular as my own site might be. Which is why organizations come to me to post their stuff. I don't do it for my own benefit but for theirs.
<<I think that's pretty simple!>>
not as simple as you might have yourself believe.
Look, there is great value with the sharing/syndication of conent and articles(as you put it "copying it") from stock quotes, weather, news, rss feeds, open source tools/scripts, AWS, heck Wordtracker lets people tap into their database... It is good for advertising for you and gives exposure to your brand (so you don't have to rely on stupid search engines). You let them use the information as payment they link to you. It is an easy cost effective way to advertise you business.
(You can syndicate complete articles or just a list of articles where they click to your site to read.)