Let's say I have two sites that cover the same vertical/topic. one in the USA and one in Canada. Both sites have local-related content, which is obviously unique by location. However they will share common news or blog pages.

How do I avoid getting hit with duplicate content on both sites for those news/blog pages?

If the content is exactly the same, I'm guessing I would have to pick which site's content I want to noindex,nofollow, is that correct, and if so, is that all I have to add on the URL links to those pages, and the pages' meta tags?

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You can use the canonical tag to tell the search engines that it is the same content, but on a different URL

Also consider using the source tag

  • The link you provided refers to pages on the same website, where-as in my example, the pages on completely separate websites.
    – ElHaix
    Nov 8, 2012 at 17:39
  • @ElHaix It is good for different domains too. see the last Q&A on the page
    – YardenST
    Nov 8, 2012 at 17:46
  • @ElHaix Updated the answer
    – YardenST
    Nov 8, 2012 at 17:49

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