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Anyone else opinions on this?
I think what Google is aiming at is not to penalise anyone, but rather not to deliver result sets with lots of the same content.
Speaking more generally -- if one were to have content that is dup'ed outside one's domain, but it is highly related to the theme of the index page(and perhaps other pages), then having a link on that page back to the home page should be good since it is not only a backlink, but one that is on topic?
Or is it that google does not give credit to that backlink(or give diminished credit) when it senses that the backlink comes from a page containing content that is NOT original?
So let's say I were to have some unoriginal articles but they were highly related to the page(s) I want to rank well and had link(s) to back to those page(s). Would Google give the same boost to those pages that it would if the linking pages were orginal AND on topic, or give less?
I see for a lot of these sites that only the screen version appears in a Google listing unless you dig deep and ask Google for all pages from that site. This seems to confirm the widely held belief that if you have duplicate pages, the duplicate merely slides down the SERPS and does not attract any other sort of penalty.