Duplicate content?

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I developed a website (www.sabrehealth.com) for an insurance broker
which went live about two months ago. Since that time, my partners
formed a new venture with another company, resulting in another
website (www.performinsbenefits.com).

The content is largely identical; the only reason for doing it is that
some brokers are affiliated with one company, others with the other.

After a recent presentation, somebody explained to me that Google
would penalize/filter sites with duplicate content. I've searched the
internet for discussion on this topic and am thoroughly confused. It
does appear that Google will punish a site that merely duplicates
another for the intent of manipulating search results. This is not our
intent, but how would Google know this? I'm really concerned that I've
inadvertently caused ranking problems for my partners.

Any thoughts? Many thanks in advance.

Re: Duplicate content?

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When Google find duplicate text it makes one of the files Supplemental. This
happened to me. It can take a few weeks before Google spots the duplication.

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