I run a Wordpress blog. In checking Google's webmaster tools, I'm seeing under "HTML improvements" that I have a number of dings or alerts for pages with duplicate titles, and when I check them they're mostly things like this:
So I guess I have a number of questions:
1. Do I even want the "pages" indexed since the posts are already being indexed individually?
2. If not, how do I stop them from being indexed?
3. I don't even know what's causing the ?a=stats reference from showing up. How would I stop that?
4. Does any of this matter one single bit or is it just Google and webmaster tools being silly and worrying us unnecessarily? Doesn't Google understand how Wordpress works?
And my last question involves whether I should be using a plugin like All in One SEO to have better control over what gets indexed and other elements like being able to add a post description. Just read in Jill's latest email blast about writing a description tag (great post BTW), but that's not even an option in Wordpress unless you're using a plugin like All in One SEO.
A while ago I heard that sites using SEO plugins were getting dinged for trying to game the system; don't know if that was ever true or just the rumour mill spinning their theories and best guesses.