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Printer Friendly Pages Duplicate Content?
Posted 20 July 2005 - 03:31 PM
Posted 20 July 2005 - 04:05 PM
If both pages are from the same URL - surely that's NOT duplicate content, you've just repeated yourself.
Posted 20 July 2005 - 04:12 PM
There's no penalty per se, just that only one or the other is going to show up in the SERPs. So as long as they're making it to your site, you're better off than if they make it to someone else's site.
Laura: It's usually best to exclude those printer friendly pages via robots.txt in my experience. The real pages have your navigation so those are the ones you want people to land on, generally speaking.
Posted 20 July 2005 - 06:03 PM
EXACTLY what I was gonna say.
The "printer friendly" version is ONLY for the user, not the SE. Just dissallow the SEs and there is NO problem. But boy the user really appreciates nice clean printable material!!
Posted 20 July 2005 - 06:48 PM
Posted 21 July 2005 - 11:48 AM
(Saves the effort of creating all those duplicate pages in the first place... )
Posted 21 July 2005 - 02:31 PM
You could also offer a PDF version of the articles, Laura, those don't seem to be tripping any duplicate content filters.
Posted 21 July 2005 - 02:49 PM
I nominate this as a quote for next year's forum birthday contest...
Posted 21 July 2005 - 09:42 PM
Posted 08 April 2006 - 05:23 PM
There's a chap here who is arguing against using robots.txt to exclude duplicate content;
I'd be very keen to hear the experts opinions on this point of view, which basically puts forward the opinion that duplicate content is fine, for the user and for Google.
More over he argues that Google is happy to list duplicate content and positively encourages it (OK, the author qualifies that last statement).
Posted 08 April 2006 - 06:56 PM
We have numerous posts were we've said as much.
Posted 09 April 2006 - 02:49 AM
Posted 09 April 2006 - 03:27 AM
sometimes the "wrong" version takes priority (from your POV).
sometimes all the different versions will disappear.
If you want a say in which version(s) are going to be shown, then you have to exclude the bots from the versions you don't want appearing.
Posted 09 April 2006 - 09:41 AM
Which is fine. As Chris said, the issue really is whether you want to control which page shows for each piece of content on your site. If you don't care, and many don't, then it doesn't really matter.
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