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#1 RayWrites

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 04:28 PM

Hi All,

I'm developing a new site. As it stands now, I have a duplicate page in 2 separate but related sections of the site. My spider sense tells me that this will not be a big issue for the search engines' duplicate content filters, as I feel the rule is in place for mass duplication. Am I kind of sort of right about this?

Also, is there an acceptable level of 'duplicate content' from one page to another?

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#2 Jill

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 04:37 PM

You are correct. But why have 2 different URLs for the content? Why not just have everyone go to one URL?

If you can't do that for some reason, I would suggest blocking one of the pages from being indexed by the search engines via your robots.txt exclusion file.

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Posted 04 May 2009 - 04:41 PM

QUOTE(Jill @ May 4 2009, 05:37 PM) View Post
You are correct. But why have 2 different URLs for the content? Why not just have everyone go to one URL?

If you can't do that for some reason, I would suggest blocking one of the pages from being indexed by the search engines via your robots.txt exclusion file.


Yes, the exclusion file is a good idea.

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 11:55 AM

"But why have 2 different URLs for the content? Why not just have everyone go to one URL?"

I'm looking in here for this exact question. Further, my question deals with the menu navigation, since that's why I'd have duplicate content. The page content fits in two totally different sections, based upon the way the content was organized/categorized. So for the menu purpose, the URL would be different. Might that be frowned upon? Seems like we should still block one of the pages...

This also happens in ecommerce sites, when one product fits in different categories. Could be across 3 categories, and because of the menu, throws a different URL.

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#5 Jill

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 01:40 PM

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So for the menu purpose, the URL would be different. Might that be frowned upon? Seems like we should still block one of the pages...


Not "frowned" upon, so to speak, but not a good idea.

So yes, if you have to do it that way, then blocking one of the URLs would probably be smart. But much better if you can change your system to have the browser get to only one URL for that content, regardless of where they clicked to it from.

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This also happens in ecommerce sites, when one product fits in different categories. Could be across 3 categories, and because of the menu, throws a different URL.


Not with all CMS's. The more search friendly modern ones keep everything at one URL.

#6 houndog

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 03:48 PM

Thank you, Jill!

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Posted 15 May 2009 - 09:54 PM

To be more precise and clear houndog read this thread where I introduced the idea of separating categorization from a product page name to eliminate dupes Duplicate Content Vs. Usability. That might help.




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