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Two URLs pointing to almost the same content

If I have a page, that has this URL:

  • example.com/category/something/

but can also be accessed through these URLs:

  • example.com/category/something/1
  • example.com/category/something/2
  • example.com/category/something/3

where the last number is used as an image-index to display a certain image on the page. So the content of the pages is the same, just with one image changed.

How do I avoid google indexing the versions with /number at the end, so it only shows up once in searches - and is not considered duplicate content?

Is it enough to put a rel="nofollow" on links to the /number links?


You have to define a canonical tag that points to:

  • example.com/category/something

So that Google looks at the other URLs you mentioned, it definitely knows that they belong to the main-page defined in the canonical tag. Here is the official Google blog post and the explanation for the canonical URL. By the way, putting a rel nofollow would be unnecessary dangerous since they are somehow counted too and may have a negative impact on your SEO.

  • Thank you :) I really felt that my work was ignored when John Conde closed the post, but now i feel honored! Thank you:) – Herr Jun 3 '11 at 13:51
  • Yeah, I know -- it's why I said hi... :-) ...if you post the answer to the question John linked to, I'll upvote your answer there too. Cheers! – blunders Jun 3 '11 at 13:56

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