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Print Pages Being Favored Over Html Pages!
Posted 01 October 2010 - 03:49 PM
My client has thousands of 'print version' pages on his site, and now many of them are appearing in the SERPS instead of the proper web page.
Putting noindex on them all could be quite a task....and may not work anyway.
Is there a better way to resolve this? Can one list that many pages in the robots.txt file?
Posted 01 October 2010 - 10:27 PM
I suppose if you cannot add "noindex" meta tags to all those pages, implementing a "rel='canonical'" tag would be just as cumbersome. But going forward you may want to work with your client on that.
In the meantime, one option some people have found helps is to acquire new trusted (high-value) links to their deeper content.
Posted 02 October 2010 - 08:51 AM
Posted 02 October 2010 - 09:38 AM
Posted 03 October 2010 - 09:34 PM
You might try setting up a separate CSS for the pages when the media is print. That way, you've only got one page for the content, but you still have the functionality of providing a print version that doesn't contain a bunch of unnecessary design elements. If you did that, you could delete the current print versions of the pages and redirect requests for those URLs to the other version.
Posted 04 October 2010 - 11:58 AM
Well, what I forgot to mention is that, strictly speaking, it's not just one site. It's hundreds of location based sites within one main site, and each sub-site contains similar content, all of which has print versions.
So a typical URL looks like this:
So I'm assuming each subsite would have to have a directory with all its print pages in right?
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