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Duplicate content in Google

  1. My site: realdoctorstu.com has seen a significant drop in traffic since a Google algorithm update.
    It seems pagerank has been affected because Google is indexing both tag archives, category archives, in addition to the actual posts. This is creating a lot of duplicate content from Google's perspective (thousands of pages are indexed, rather than the 200+ posts).
    I use Webmaster Tools, although the only way I can permanently remove the realdoctorstu.com/tag/ directory from Google is to make a change to robots.txt (from my knowledge).
    Please help!

    The blog I need help with is realdoctorstu.com.

  2. Are you using the same words as both categories and tags? If not, Google is sophisticated enough not to penalize you for using categories and/or tags correctly.

  3. No, different.
    I've used lots of tags as a cross referencing tool for readers, but organised into categories with different names.

  4. Hi RealDocStu, if you use the rel="canonical" metatag - you will not get penalized. Google has addressed this issue (particular for blogs) here: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/139066?hl=en#2
    Most of the WordPress 'SEO' plugins will add the rel="canonical" link element to the head code of your html. Otherwise, you could edit your php source which be simple.

    To get ride of cached content in google:
    https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1663691?hl=en

    I like your idea of grouping tags for categories.

  5. Thanks leftoverpeas,
    How do I do this on a wordpress.com hosted blog?

  6. It doesn't sound like you're going to have an issue. WP.com and Google.com are pretty tight, and they wouldn't let us screw ourselves up in this way.

    Yyou can't edit metatags, so ignore what leftoverpeas said; it does not apply to WP.com. That's built in to WP.com blogs.

  7. Ok, thanks raincoaster. I'll have to think again...

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