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I copied the news article from different sources for more than 2 years and now I'm copying the content & specifying the canonical URL of source websites(hope this is the correct way to do it [correct me if I'm wrong]). but my question is what should I do to the previous posts, I have no idea on where I copied those articles and obviously it have more than 2000 pages, So I'm unable to do canonical tag for the previous posts, how should I fix this ? (or) will I leave those articles as it is ? please suggest me a solution!

Please don't mark duplicate with What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? I already read that post, here my situation is different.

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If I were you, I would use a meta tag noindex in these old pages:

<meta name="robots" content="noindex">

These pages will be removed from index of search engines (if it's not already the case) but your site won't be penalized (if it's not already the case).

  • I'm going to apply the noindex tag for all news articles pages globally, do I need to specify the canonical URL of source websites in future? – Bala Apr 22 '14 at 9:34
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    If you apply the noindex for all pages, you're not obliged to insert the rel="canonical" tag too (because the duplicate content problem is already solved by the noindex). – Zistoloen Apr 22 '14 at 10:43

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