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I recently started managing SEO for a client. I'm seeing a lot of duplicate content on their site but their custom CMS doesn't allow canonical tags, and I was told by their team that we can't use 301s.

Is there any way to clean up duplicate content without using either 301 redirects or canonical tags? Would using meta robots noindex,nofollow work in a pinch?

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What about robots.txt ? – w3d Dec 4 '13 at 12:38

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Yes, you can use the meta robots tag, but I would use NOINDEX, FOLLOW so Google can still freely crawl through the site:

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I assume you meant to use FOLLOW (or omit entirely) in the code snippet? – w3d Dec 4 '13 at 12:36
Whoops, I did indeed! Edited – Max Dec 5 '13 at 4:36

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