I recently switched my static site over to Wordpress, mainly for ease of adding content.
I have been trying to get a full grasp on duplicate content and have a few questions (Read through HR's blog post SEO and Duplicate Content Issues That Hurt Google Rankings):
1) When looking at my Google Webmaster Tools, HTML improvements, I see a few pages indicated as having duplicate title tags. example: mysite.com/blogpost/ and mysite.com/blogost.shtml. The first url in my example is a post in my new Wordpress blog. The second one is a page from my old, static site that is no longer on my server. I 301'd that old page to my new page. Will Google eventually realize the second url does not exist and soon quit showing it as a duplicate title tag ?
2) I did a Google search for a random snippet from one of my articles (from new blog), and came up with the following results:
a. mysite.com/blogpost/ (this is the actual post)
b. mysite.com/blogpost1/ (this was the post that I wrote then trashed, then re-wrote (as example a.)
Are all these actually dupe. content ? I use an SEO plugin (well known) and followed their suggestions as far as indicating certain aspects to be no follow, no index, etc. Perhaps, because I utilized the SEO plugin a week after the blog posts were published it is just a timing thing ???
Any answers or suggestions welcome. Thank you.