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With a wordpress setup as follows of pages, custom posts, a custom taxonomy of colours and rewrite rules in place:


Pages:

Archive:
-fruits

Single:
--fruit/apple
--fruit/orange

Archive by colour:
---fruits/colour/%colour%


-vegetables
--vegetable/potatoe
--vegetable/carrot
---vegetables/colour/%colour%

-colours
--colour/red
--colour/green

etc ...

I could quite feasibly structure archives to be found at the following


fruits/colour/red

or


colour/red/fruits

In the context of how a user could navigate a site I can see the benefits of having both paths available but pointing to what is essentially the same content.

Should this be avoided with respect to SEO and avoiding duplicate content?

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If you need these two URLs being accessible for users, you need to choose one URL as the indexed one for search engines and put to the second one a rel="canonical" tag refering the first one. That way, these two URLs will be accessible for users but just one will be marked as valid (= indexed) for search engines to avoid duplicate content issues.

For example, you choose the first one (http://www.example.com/fruits/colour/red) and in the second one, you add this tag <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.example.com/fruits/colour/red" />. That way, all the SEO value will be associated to the first URL.

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I agree with you with the above example, but perhaps it wasn't a great one to illustrate my point. Say for example it was 'health-benefits' etc... or something of equal weight to fruits and vegetables when cross referencing. –  noelmcg May 13 at 14:29
    
OK I have edited my answer. –  Zistoloen May 13 at 14:53
    
Cheers @zistoloen, thanks for the updated answer. Would there still be a penalty if the individual archive pages had different introductory text (but still essentially the same list of content/links) –  noelmcg May 13 at 17:26
    
It depends. If on these pages, you have 3 lines of unique text and 100 links with the same content, it's not good. If you have 10 lines of unique text and 20 links with the same content, it can be safe. If you're not sure, increase the size of unique text on these pages. –  Zistoloen May 13 at 19:59
    
cheers. Makes sense, thanks alot. –  noelmcg May 13 at 20:07

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