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We have a client who has instructed Reach Local to manage their paid SEO work etc. RL have created a proxy version of the page at http://example-px.rtrk.co.uk which mirrors the existing site completely.

Would I be correct in assuming that this would count as duplicate content and one or both of the sites would be penalized because of this? And would the addition of a rel="canonical" meta-tag on the proxy site assist with this?

Many thanks in advance.

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Yes they would be penalized. Yes a canonical meta tag would help. However Reach Local have put a robots.txt file there to stop search engines crawling it.

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Good spot, thank you very much. – Simon Bennett Nov 14 '11 at 10:50

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