The Google Panda Algorithm Duplicate Content Debate Goes On
I must admit that I am not well versed on Google Algorithms and such, however, just purusing through many of the Hubs here has definitely alerted me to the dreaded potential of being severely punished by a breach of posting duplicate content or articles within the wide world of the internet. The warnings are everywhere, and I started to wonder if there could possibly be a "Google" jail for serious repeat duplication offenders? This is what made me think I better do a little research on this subject before I unintentionally breach the Google protocol. Don't get me wrong, as the "theft" of other writer's work is not only dishonest and low down, it can get one's ranking lowered for duplication and the writer was totally unware that her works had been compromised. Perhaps this would be one justification for "Google" jail! My reference here refers to those of us who have websites, blogs or participate on other sites and wish to use our works on more than one of our sites or submit our published article elsewhere. I couldn't imagine that if I spent hours researching and then composing a written piece that I used on my blog could not be used by me to submit elsewhere in which it could gain further exposure. This seemed to be an on-going argument and for which there are many opinions.
So What Do the Experts Say
This is a direct quote from Site Reference:
"One camp is adamant that duplicate content is a sure-fire way to earn a fierce Google slap for your entire site. The other is hell-bent on the theory that duplicate content does not damage your site in the least. Since Google jealously guards its algorithm, it’s not telling, and this makes both theories precisely that: theory."
Well that wasn't exactly the answer I was looking for so I decided to keep searching. When you need information it is usually wise to go to those known to be experts as that is where you will get the best answers. Matt Cutts is known as the "webspam extraordinaire" and offers advice by way of his You Tube videos. Matt's videos offer lots of good information for those, like me, that don't know a lot about this tech stuff.
Matt Cutts YouTube
Rand Fishman Weighs In
Basically, after reading the entire article and Rand's analysis of duplicate content, to me it suggests that if we use our articles for different sites, and it is our own work produced for quality content sites, not junk sites, you will not incur the "wrath" from Google. I am posting the link here to the full article for those who may be interested.