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I have internal pages that rely on an external API which I would like to build upon user request. Two options I thought about:

  1. Make lots of 'thin' pages that specifies that if you want content about X, you need to log-in, and then the page will be built. Pros: user understands what he'll get when logging in. Cons: SEO implications of such a solution due to the mass 'low quality' and 'cross-sites duplicate content'
  2. Make them all redirect to ONE same generic log-in page. Pros: No duplicate low quality content. Cons: Lots of internal links to the same log-in page.

Which would you recommend?

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I would personally go with option 2. The test cases behind option 1 seem like they will become unmanageable in the near future as more and more login pages are created.

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Thx. Is there a problem with having many inbound links that point to the same 'thin' log-in page? –  Noam Sep 26 '12 at 14:07
    
I can't see why. Any site that has a "login" link in the top corner of their browser would have that link on each page as well. –  endyourif Sep 26 '12 at 14:26

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