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Duplicate Content Issue - Single Article Into Many Categories
Posted 22 July 2013 - 01:28 PM
I know that duplicate content issues are one of the biggest things that SEO's need to care about. This is why, one simple question is making me crazy everytime I think about it. Below is my problem and I need an honest solution for it.
Suppose, my site is on "hair care" & I have 5 categories
- black hair
- curly hair
- long hair
- white hair
- straight hair
Now, I have written an article about "hair care tips" where I paid attention to "black hair", "long hair" & "straight hair". My question is which category should I choose for the article? Can I go for all three categories that I paid attention to (this may cause a duplicate content issue), OR only one category for every single article?
I am really depressed about this matter. Which ONE should I choose?
Posted 23 July 2013 - 05:37 AM
Put it in whatever single category you prefer, but create links to it from articles in the other categories. No duplicate content, no problem (although duplicate content isn't as big a problem as you seem to think it is).
Posted 23 July 2013 - 05:17 PM
"Duplicate" content isn't what you think it is.
It does NOT mean one article in several "categories", it means one ONE HTML document that is accessible from several UNIQUE URIs.
If whatever you use to serve the website only produces a SINGLE URL that every 'category' points to, it matters not whether it is in one, five or five hundred categories.
Edited by chrishirst, 23 July 2013 - 05:17 PM.
Posted 23 July 2013 - 06:19 PM
Yeah, it depends on the CMS. If putting it in a category creates a URL (e.g. site.com/category/post-title), then multiple categories = multiple pages. If it's WordPress, odds are putting it in multiple categories just means it will show up on the archive pages for each of those categories, which isn't an issue (unless every article gets posted to all the same categories, making each archive page identical).
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