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When doing a content check - my content doesn't rank?

9:31 pm on Oct 16, 2012 (gmt 0)

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I decided since I was hit by Panda in 2011 and again by Panda 20 two weeks ago - that I would do a duplicate content check on my site.

Ended up being a great thing to do - because deep in the serps I found someone that had copied my entire site and has had that site up and running since July. Have filed DMCA's and hopefully they will be taken down shortly.

As I continue to do this tedious copy and paste of a paragraph from each page of my site.... I am noticing that I don't rank for my content? All my pages are indexed (440 of them) - yet... my site doesn't come up at all - or comes up LAST out of hundreds when I put in an exact paragraph from a post on any of my pages.

NO other sites are coming up for my content either (other than occasionally seeing the guy that ripped off my whole site that I discovered yesterday.) And even he will rank higher than me in some searches.

How do you *not* rank for exact copy from you site? Shouldn't I come up first every time for my unique content?

I assume this is some kinda of filter, penalty.... something.

Thanks in advance.
1:42 am on Oct 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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To search for exact copy of paragraphs, you have to enclose your search in quotes. If you don't, Google performs "broad search" which is not "exact".
1:55 am on Oct 17, 2012 (gmt 0)

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or comes up LAST out of hundreds

Do you mean literally last-- at the very end of the 1000 visible results (which are really 952 or 817 or 964 or some random number between 800 and 1000)? See nearby thread about the "950 penalty".
1:36 am on Oct 21, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Regarding the broad search, I've recently done some searches myself and put quotes around it to check for exact matches and sites came up that did not have the same text.

I'm assuming that since Google didn't find it that it came up with a bunch of other sites that were "similar" ;/

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