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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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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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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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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Should URL paths be case sensitive?

My website's URLs are currently case-insensitive. For example, both of the following links show the exact same page: http://example.com/about http://example.com/About However, taking a look at the ...
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SEO ranking when copying content from other website with permissions

I have a website which I started recently, with this website I have partnered with many other websites who have agreed to let me copy and use thier content on my site for link exchange. So in this ...
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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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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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Letting search engines know that different links to identical pages stress different parts of the page

When you follow a permalink to a chat message in the Stack Exchange chat, you get a view of the transcript page for the day that contains the particular message. This message is highlighted in yellow, ...
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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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How to re-direct Wordpress posts with 301

All my WordPress post URLs generate sub directories with duplicate content and I do not know what regular expression to use to consistently 301 redirect domain.com/category/post/random-number/ to ...
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How does Google detect duplicate content?

have a quick question about duplicate content. How does google work this all out? In that on my pages I have a form on each page with the same bit of text explaining it, is this going to count against ...
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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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Webmaster google tools show me duplicate content on the same page after removed the php extention

When i use the option Fetch as Google... show me the follow problems duplicate content meta title the story of.... /lifestyle/serialul-scorpion-inspirat-dintr-o-poveste-adevarata-a-lui-walter-o-brien....
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Can I declare a duplicate page via javascript for google?

Most sources of documentation state that one can declare a webpage a duplicate of another by applying this tag on the duplicate page: <link rel="canonical" href="(absolute URL to original page)"&...
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What should I do to notify Google of a switch from “.php” to extension-free URL's?

I've implemented a simple mod-rewrite rule that internally rewrites urls without a file extension (that are not directories) to .php files and removed the .php extension from all our internal links. I'...
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Check for duplicate 'id' values in a HTML page

I am developing a web application and I would like to check for duplicate id values in a HTML page. I am running the application on my local machine. There is a way to do that? P.S.: I am using ...
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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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Google Webmaster Tools: duplicate title even with a 301 redirect in place

I have plenty of duplicate titles http://example.com/?attachment_id=1678/feed/ http://example.com/?attachment_id=1678/ The first link triggers a 301 redirect to the second link. So why does Google ...
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SEO and duplicate content for default document

SEO experts sometimes demand that default document, e.g. www.site.com/index.html redirects with 301 to www.site.com, so: Is that really necessary? Does Google really penalize that?
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Rel = translation

I can't find much online about rel="translation" We have tutorials and manual entries which we are going to get users to translate. If the original page in English is: http://www.scirra.com/...
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Publishing articles twice

If I am building a new site where I want to publish my articles that have previously been published on other sites (that I do not have control over them), what is the best thing to do?
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canonical link to the home page

A friend and I are debating the use of the canonical tag. I say if I'm on http://www.example.com/page.html but my site has moved to http://www.BetterExample.com my canonical tag needs to be <...
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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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I have domain.com and domain.org to the same site, should I use redirects to avoid duplicate content [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? I have both the .com and the .org for a domain name, and using Apache I point them to the ...
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Will Google punish me if I import a story from my own blog to Medium.com?

I've heard that Google punishes sites with duplicate content. If I write an article on my blog then import it on Medium (basically a copy/paste) will Google regard it as a duplicate? Medium.com is ...
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Targeting Locations in content seen as keyword dumping

Lets say I have the following page about catering it reads something like this: We do Catering in All mayor cities in Australia including Perth, Sydney, Melbourne..etc. Lets say the user clicks the ...
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Will search engines penalize duplicate content between my site and my Facebook page?

If I post on my Facebook page and then copy the same content to my website, does Google recognize it as an unoriginal content?
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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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SEO for a website with a commercial and a residential versions that use the same images and mostly the same text

A website I'm currently working on requires there to be both a residential and commercial version of the website. The two versions will be quite similar across the board, but the copy will have some ...
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Does duplicate content inside your own website matter for SEO? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? I'm not referring to the duplicate content where you copy content from another site and ...
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How could Google identify if a video is duplicate? SEO duplicate content theme

A few days ago Google's John Mueller said this: We do try to understand when something is a duplicate and treat it appropriately. So we do that with textual content, webpages for example, we try ...
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Is “no-index” necessary with extensive, white-labeled syndication?

For the purposes of this discussion, consider the following scenario: You have written a fair amount of quality, unpublished content that third-party websites wish to license from you and white-label ...
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Responsive design, injecting code via Javascript: Is it bad practice?

Is the below code problematic in respect to SEO and Google? This is a small sample of how I intend to change my non-mobile friendly website into mobile friendly using CSS media queries and javascript....
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Index page content identical to page 1 of a gallery-type website

I have a gallery type website, e.g. a site that lists blog posts or pictures in a paginated manner. However, I have 2 pages that have identical content: example.com/index.html example.com/page/1 ...
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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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Is content scraping useful for SEO or harmful?

Is content scraping useful for SEO or harmful? Scraping: Taking content from other places on the web and publishing it on your own site. There are many websites that only contain pieces of other ...
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How to use the canonical tag for multiregion websites and duplicate content

We want to use the canonical tag for an multiple region website with the same content. For Example: www.example.com/services.htm www.example.com/uk/services.htm Then if we use the canonical tag ...
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Duplicate Content: Who wrote it first?

I understand this question has been asked before in here (HERE) However, as some of you may know, technology advances quickly and it is very unstable, specially SEO. Today's practices can be ...
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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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Is there SEO conflict if making identical posts on Medium and on a standalone website?

I’m writing a series of blog posts and I’m finding a little bit of a conundrum. I want the audience that can be manufactured on Medium but I also want the SEO that comes from long form text on my ...
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Moving content from one site to another - keep content on both sites

I have 1 domain with about 100 posts I would like to move those 100 posts to another (new) domain BUT also keep the posts on the existing (old) domain! Would copying the content to the new domain, ...
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SEO wikipedia content and blockquote - duplicate content

I have a large website that aggregates content both from the websites and Wikipedia. Even thought it's someone else content, the way it's combined is unique ad provides a valuable user experience (...
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Webmaster Tools - Preferred Domain and Google entries

Our client has two websites with the same content: example.com somethingelse.com When a user searches in Google for "something else" the example.com site appears in the top 10 results on Google. ...
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Having either www.domainname.com or domainname.com is really required? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: www and non www can suffer duplicated content When I go for any website review the first point I get from the reviewers is both of my www and non www domains should point ...
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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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Scraped content from my website posted on Blogspot is outranking my site and causing Google penalty

I noticed that starting from October the organic traffic is very low on my website. I searched on Google for some text phrases from my website and I noticed that there is a Blogspot website, a blog ...
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Google indexed the same page under two URLs (despite rel-canonical)

The Super User question "Playing mp3 in quodlibet displays “GStreamer output pipeline could not be initialized” error" is indexed under two URLs in Google: http://superuser.com/questions/651591/...
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can canonical links be used to make 'duplicate' pages unique?

We have a website that allows users to list items for sale. Think ebay - except we don't actually deal with selling the item, we just list it for sale and provide a way to contact the seller. Anyhow, ...