So to test for scrapers...I inserted a random sentence in direct quotes from my home page (that I absolutely wrote...about 12 words in length) and lo and behold dictionary.com appears 1,2, and 3 in the google SERP's...THEN my website...then 8 more different scrapers.
My question is this...how big of a deal is this? If dictionary.com (a titan at page rank 8) is outranking me in the SERP's (page rank 5)...does that mean google thinks not only that my content is duplicate and therefore is useless...but in fact might even penalize me for 'copying' the web darling dictionary.com?
The way dictionary.com appears to be doing this is by tracking(?) embedded ask.com searches from their reference section? So the three dictionary.com URL's that appeared in front of me (for my unique sentence in quotes) looked something like this:
dictionary.reference.com/browse/keyworda+keywordb (another might be keywordc and so forth)
Dictionary.com then displayed (not in a frame) ask.com results with the header stating something like:
"You are seeing Ask web results for keywordx because there was not a match on Dictionary.com."...folowed by a number of listings including other scrapers that copied my content.
So is this a problem? Am I overreacting to the SERP order? Is this something authorship markup could fix?
As a general rule is googling your own content in unique quotes and checking your listing order a good measure of whether you're getting credit for your own content?