Using some website audit tools I found that it says a lot that I have a duplicate content like so:


in my sitemap I only have:

     <xhtml:link rel="alternate"
    <xhtml:link rel="alternate"

I don't know why google splits it up into two links. How can I fix it?

(PS https://www.example.com/en/ and https://www.example.com/en/index.php doesn't give me this problem )

  • You should never be using index.php in your URLs. It shouldn't be in any links on your site. It shouldn't be in your sitemap. index.php is a directory index that power the page for the directory URL. The first rule of directory index is that you never talk about directory index. Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 11:01
  • @StephenOstermiller Thanks for the advice
    – NPLS
    Commented Feb 22, 2021 at 14:14

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If you set up a 301 redirect using .htaccess to redirect https://example.com/index.php to https://example.com/ and add a canonical tag containing https://example.com/ then you don't really need to worry what the website audit tools say.

After doing this you can remove the https://example.com/index.php from your sitemap if you wish.

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