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Duplicate Urls - Availability Calendar


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#1 shimlad

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 09:04 AM

OK - so i have an accommodation website where advertisers can include an availability calendar if they wish.

The availability calendar would appear on a URL like this:

propertyname/availability

and get indexed which is fine.

However there are two buttons on the calendar which are "previous" and "next" which send the calendar on or back 3 months.

Problem is, it is displaying the new data on a different URL i.e.

propertyname/availability/1909/6/
propertyname/availability/1908/5/

and it goes on infinitely forward and backwards.

it also uses the same title tag and Google webmaster tools is reporting it as having duplicate title tags.

question is, what do I use to stop it indexing the unwanted extra URLS?

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 09:26 AM

Add a meta robots element with a noindex value

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<meta name="robots" content="noindex">


#3 Jill

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 10:17 AM

You might want to simply use rel=canonical to make propertyname/availability the canonical one. That should do the trick, I believe.

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 11:16 AM

Thank you for the quick answers guys!

For the robot no index meta, I presume I need to set it up so my site automatically adds this tag to every duplicate page. i.e.

propertyname/availability/1909/6/
propertyname/availability/1909/5/
propertyname/availability/1909/4/
propertyname/availability/1909/3/

And with the canonical, is that the same kinda thing? i think with that i have to add on every page the rel=canonical tag telling the search engine this is the same page as: propertyname/availability/

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#5 Jill

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 12:29 PM

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i think with that i have to add on every page the rel=canonical tag telling the search engine this is the same page as: propertyname/availability/


Correct.

#6 shimlad

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Posted 22 June 2011 - 02:01 PM

QUOTE(Jill @ Jun 22 2011, 06:29 PM) View Post
Correct.


thanks Jill, i thought so, just nice to get it confirmed smile.gif

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 01:29 AM

Does anybody know if the Canonical Tag would be better or the Robots Meta? or Both?

thanks.

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 05:58 AM

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For the robot no index meta, I presume I need to set it up so my site automatically adds this tag to every duplicate page. i.e.

propertyname/availability/1909/6/
propertyname/availability/1909/5/
propertyname/availability/1909/4/
propertyname/availability/1909/3/
Yep.

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Does anybody know if the Canonical Tag would be better or the Robots Meta? or Both?

Use both, it won't "hurt" anything.

#9 Jill

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 08:37 AM

The canonical supposedly passes any link pop value like a 301 redirect would, which is why I would go that way if it's just as easy to either of them.




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