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10:00 am on Feb 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

I apologise if the topic has already been disussed before, but on another subforum here
the following issue was raised: if using RSS feed could cause duplicate content impression to SE. We haven't found the exact conclusion there, so I think it could be relevant to talk about it here. Logically, the issue sounds quite reasonable, as due to the RSS feed, the same content may be included in a row of different sites' pages. On the other hand, RSS feed is somewhat different from any other content, and doing my own research I came to conclusion that SE should not perceive it as duplicate one. However I can't correctly formulate why it is so from the technical point of view.
Do you have any ideas?

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10:12 am on Feb 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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doing my own research I came to conclusion that SE should not perceive it as duplicate one

What research? Did you set up tests? How did you reach your conclusion.

Google actually has "File Format: Unrecognized" against rss results. What makes you think it is treating rss as a "somewhat different" from other content.

12:51 pm on Feb 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for supporting the thread.

Well you know,"File Format: Unrecognized" note is already a different attitude, isn't it?

The conclusion rests on analysis of the relevant information on the web and opinions of those people who tackled the issue.

1:11 pm on Feb 10, 2006 (gmt 0)

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The answer could be different depending on the Search Engine. Yahoo will attach a "view as XML" link below the page that the feed is on. That implies to me that Yahoo knows what it is doing

With Google, I suspect that they just translate the xml into text. In this case there is a danger of it being regarded as duplicate content. Not too serious if they just bury your rss page in the SERPS but read this thread [webmasterworld.com] for the possibility that it can really harm you.

10:18 am on Feb 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the useful comments and the link. That's contributed to my knowledge indeed.

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