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I am using a CMS which shows two links for the same page.

Example:

example.com/personal
example.com/personal/index.html
example.com/personal/index.html?abc=1

Is this ok? Or do search engines penalize me for this?

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This is not a good practice. For Google, these are 3 different URLs and they all have the same content. I would suggest using Canonical URL to avoid the Duplicate content issue.

Here is the official documentation by Google about the Duplicate content. https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/66359?hl=en

Also, read Moz's Guide about avoiding description. https://moz.com/blog/duplicate-content-in-a-post-panda-world

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  • These are not duplicate pages, its only the link. – Aslam Dec 8 '16 at 21:05
  • @hunzaboy: Does this mean visitors end up on the same URL, no matter which of the three URLs they visit (i.e., they get redirected)? If not, that’s exactly the definition of a duplicate page, no? – unor Dec 9 '16 at 1:00
  • @unor, gotcha. So canonical is the solution then. – Aslam Dec 9 '16 at 4:34
  • @unor What if i add htaccess redirection instead of canonicals? Is that the same? Because i am using a CMS and adding canonicals is a bit complex and i have alot of pages with the same issue – Aslam Dec 9 '16 at 5:37
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    @hunzaboy: A 301 redirect (e.g., with .htaccess) is preferable to canonical (see why). – unor Dec 9 '16 at 10:54

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