The same content on different webpages, including on pages on different websites. Search engines may penalise websites which have duplicate content on them.

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What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site?

This is a general, community wiki question regarding duplicate content. If your question was closed as a duplicate of this question and you feel that the information provided here does not provide a ...
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How to use rel='canonical' properly

I have 3 URLS that serve the same data: www.example.com/product/foo www.example.com/product/foo?id=1 www.example.com?product=foo For Google's sake I want the URL www.example.com/product/foo to be ...
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Can a mobile version of site be considered duplication by Google if the page is the same only the css is different?

Hearing about the problems with mobile browser detection I plan to add a button to my site which enables the users to switch manually between normal/mobile version of the site. The button sets a ...
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Our website was copied 100% and mirrored on a different domain

One of our websites was copied word for word all 400 pages by someone who used a special program to clone the site. We saw the program in the code. This was done in early April and soon after that ...
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www and non www can suffer duplicated content

Do you know if i should use canonical tag, or 301 redirection from http://mydomain.com to http://www.mydomain.com To avoid duplicated content penalty in case other pages link to the domain without ...
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Content appearing under multiple categories; anything I can do to prevent duplicate penalty? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? I'm working with a CMS that allows me to post content in to multiple categories. So, I ...
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Block a random domain pointing at my dedicated IP

I have a random domain name which has it's A record going to my dedicated IP. Therefore duplicating content. Is there a way I can disable the domain at IP level maybe in iptables? I have a .htaccess ...
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Wordpress Category/Tag Pages As Indexed Actually Help In Traffic?

I several days ago somewhere read that category and tag pages should be noindexed. But later on somewhere else, I read that, they only increase rank for search term, but overall traffic decreases- ...
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Should I block indexing of my mobile site?

I notice that Yahoo and Bing have started indexing the mobile version of my website, which is located at /mobile from the root. All of the mobile content is just a reduced layout version of the real ...
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Do search engines treat index pages with excerpts as duplicate content of the pages they link to?

I am using WordPress and in my post sidebar I have related posts which may be of interest to the user, however, I also have an excerpt of each article which is normally the first paragraph of the post ...
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Duplicate content on the same page - SEO ramifications?

In certain situations, I've seen Responsive Design websites with duplicate content on the same page. The pages had duplicate HTML structure and content in some parts of it due to Responsive Design. ...
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Duplicate content on a site

I have a site for a client. He has content he has written on a page and it looks great. He now wants some of this content on another page, under another heading that contains a collection of his ...
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Should I block Wordpress archive pages from search engines?

I use WordPress and /sample-post/ URLs for my posts and /yyyy/mm/ for the archives. Google has indexed the site fully. Since the archives currently display full posts I've thought that I shouldn't ...
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Duplicate content concerns for directory listings?

I run a local business directory site with client profile pages structured geographically. I also have a media network to share our listings across other directory sites. Does having our client page ...
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Duplicate content caused by HTTPS pages

I have a landing page that can be called by HTTP and also by HTTPS. The canonical URL links to the HTTP version. In some comments I have read that the HTTPS version is never read by a Googlebot. Is ...
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Should I redirect the site IP address to the domain name

I have been told by an SEO company to redirect the site IP to the domain using a 301 redirect. This will apparently improve the SEO ranking of the site. The site has a dedicated IP address. Is this ...
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HTML Improvements are not updating properly

I use Webmaster Tools for my website and I have removed duplicate titles in my site. But it is not getting reflected in Webmaster Tools. Is there any reload to view the changes in HTML Improvements?
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How similar can 2 pages be before Google de-indexes one of them?

Using Similar Page Checker (http://www.webconfs.com/similar-page-checker.php), you can check if a web page is similar to other one. Is there any rule of thumb how high a percentage similarity is ...
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Duplicated content - how to tell Google I am original author

Let's say I prepared an article I wish to publish on my not so popular blog. But I am afraid that this article is so good that much more popular site will steal it and publish it on its own. I am ...
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After fixing problems with duplicate content, will my search engine rankings return?

Background: I have been making a new website design at www.example.com/new which has been uploaded for some time as I have been redesigning the site. This site shares most of the same content as my ...
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Redirect Google crawler to different robots.txt via .htaccess

I have googled for the answer all day and still couldn't find an answer. I have a virtual subdomain www.static.example.com which is a mirror site of www.example.com. It means I have just one root ...
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Duplicate title tags due to translations

I use a CMS for my website which has built in "translations" - a drop down menu on the home page that allows a visitor to select a language. There are many language options, I'm guessing 30+. Once a ...
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If Google penalizes main domain, will it affect subdomain too?

I have a social bookmarking site that has very little search engine traffic. Most likely, the reason is that almost all content is copied content. Usually what users do is just copy the first 2 or 3 ...
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International TLD's vs. duplicate content

I currently work at a pretty big website that has visitors from around the globe. My job is to help out on the SEO, and one thing we've been discussing lately is the use of international TLD's. The ...
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Will content from my site's RSS feed that is published on other sites be considered duplicate content by search engines?

I know Google is giving a penalties for websites with duplicate content. What happens if I'm having an RSS feed with news articles and other sites publishes on their website my news? Isn't it ...
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Should I use a canonical tag when only 50% of the content is duplicated?

I have a city guide website covering bars, restaurants and clubs. Each of these venues have their own subpage on my website like: example.com/steersons-steak-house-darling-harbour-sydney/ For all ...
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Republishing blog posts on a popular website

I started my blog about programming yesterday and in order to promote and increase traffic I submitted my rss to Codeproject which pulls my posts and publishes them at Codeproject. While it increases ...
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Does Google index portions of the page that are unique and ignore the duplicate content?

When a page has content on it that is also on other pages on the site but also some unique content, how does Google handle it? Does Google: Index the entire page (including the duplicate content) ...
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Google Webmaster Tools - Duplicate content (slash and none slash version of a page)

Google Webmaster Tools shows a lot of duplicate content in the following pages: www.example.com/example www.example.com/example/ I do NOT offer two versions of any page on my website, when you ...
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How to specify the canonical URL for downloadable versions of the page (doc, pdf, txt, etc)

I've spent much time searching about the situation I'm in, before I post this question. I have a poetry page (working for it currently) and I want users to be able to download poem in PDF, DOC, and ...
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Universal navigation menu across domains - would it be considered duplicate content? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? Across different sites on different second-level domains exists a universal navigation ...
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Are multiple results from a website search considered duplicate content? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? The website is a Magento store , but I believe this applies to any product search. We ...
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Duplicate meta description

I am having an issue with one of the websites. Google is reporting that I am having duplicate meta descriptions for few pages. What we did is that we used URL rewrite to rewrite the pages to be more ...
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Will Google penalize news website for duplicate content when it links to original stories along with the full text? [duplicate]

My website is similar to news.google.com. news.goole.com link's to original source, and shows some of the content from the target page. My website copies the content of the original source and shows ...
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Trying to legalize both versions of my website

I have a desktop version and a mobile version of my website. Since the adoption of the mobile version, my adsense earnings were OK for a short period then dropped all the way down to almost $0 RPM. ...
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Duplicate meta title and description displayed in Google Webmaster Tools

In Google Webmaster Tools under Search Appearance --> HTML Improvements it's showing: Duplicate Meta Titles - 166 Duplicate Meta Descriptions - 275 For example: Duplicate title tags Offer prices ...
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How to redirect example.com to www.example.com with DNS and IIS?

How can I redirect example.com to www.example.com using DNS / IIS? I wish to do this for an asp.net web site to prevent duplicate contents (Bad for SEO). I had 2 a record in dns (Windows Server ...
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Multiple domains (for multiple brands) redirecting to different pages of a website

A "digital agency", call it Acme.com, provides a broad range services from web applications through to copywriting. It wants a single website with separate areas for each department/service area, each ...
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Duplicate / Similar content across many articles

So I am building my website up, so far so good, only 2 categories and about 40 articles. Each category is different and several of the articles in each category are reviews. My question is this... I ...
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How can I recover my site's search engine ranking after another site copied my content?

A few days ago I noticed that I lost half the traffic for my website overnight. Investigation showed that someone had made a perfect clone of my website (more info here), and that Google in its ...
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Author bio on all pages - is it duplicate content?

In a website with user generated content, I provide an author bio under every article on the site. The author bio will be the same under every article the same author wrote. For some authors, the ...
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Google penalty resulting from duplicate content and backlinks on dealer websites

We have a dealer network that sells our products, as a bonus we give them an extra 25% off our products from the normal wholesale price if they put our products on their site. We recently got hit ...
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How to prevent duplication of content on a page with too many filters?

I have a webpage where a user can search for items based on around 6 filters. Currently I have the page implemented with one filter as the base filter (part of the url that would get indexed) and ...
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HTML Improvements Duplicate title tags in images

For my website Google Webmaster Tool is showing more than 700 duplicate title tags. All are images url. I am in a trouble, because I have uploaded all images to wp-content/uploads. But in WMT the link ...
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Someone is copying my blog content. Does it affect my blog’s ranking on Google? [duplicate]

I have posted one blog post about SEO interview questions last month, but I found that someone copied the content of my post and updated in their wordpress blog yesterday with no change. He/she didn’t ...
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Webmaster Tools, www and no-www, duplicate content and subdomains

My company has two websites a main one at www.example.com and one at subdomain.example.com which is a subdomain of the first and is our self hosted blog. The way Google sees these with the www or ...
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How to redirect IP to domain?

My IP xxx.xxx.xxx.xx is pointing to example.com at GoDaddy but I just noticed that when I type the IP in browser, it doesn't redirect to the website, how can do this? I am sure this will happen ...
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Multiple webpages with the same page titles/meta-tags

I have created several duplicate pages because my website is in 3 languages (yes I know this is bad way to achieve this). Will Google flag my site as spam if I use duplicate page titles/meta ...
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Duplicate title tags error in webmaster tools

I have changed some URLs in my site then to prevent webmaster tools duplicate error I redirected (301) old URLs to new URLs also I tried to remove old URLs in "Optimization>Remove URLs" section of ...
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pagination and duplicate content with one paragraph in each page with totally different listing

I have a module in my site which can be accessed like sitename.com/module/ This module has pagination. In the first page i have two paragraphs which describe about the site. This will appear in all ...