On my blog, after coding a function which trims stop words, I ended up with these two URLs which are identical if not for the post ID:



My platform - Wordpress - adds "-1", "-2", "-3" to the URLs when this happens but I removed it in my function. Now as I will have weather updates every year, it will be common for two or more links to be pretty much the same.

Would this cause any SEO issues? Please note that the content of the two pages is completely different, not related to each other.

  • User friendly / easy to remember - that is another matter. – MrWhite Jul 14 '14 at 13:48

No, this will not cause SEO issues. It is very common and normal for URLs to be similar as often times the only difference between URLs in an ID number of some kind. What matters is the content of these pages are different. It's when that starts to be very similar that you will run into issues.

  • I'd imagine that the similarity might cause problems here, since weather doesn't change that much on a year by year basis here in Europe. Would it be enough for a few digits to be different, or should the entire page be different? – Nzall Jul 14 '14 at 14:08
  • As a matter of fact the data will be very similar, just a list of 30 days(the month of June) and the amount of rain collected. In the post, I of course intend to make the two introductory paragraphs different and add date and time but is it enough to call the two posts SEO-different? – WPRookie82 Jul 14 '14 at 14:23
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    Yes, that qualifies as different. – John Conde Jul 14 '14 at 14:23
  • Are there any solid rules on what makes content "different"? Or is it just a trial and error process? – TMH Jul 14 '14 at 15:40
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    Dont focus too much on SEO. It will become blatantly obvious and could hurt you sooner or later. – jay_t55 Jul 15 '14 at 19:29

This will not directly hurt your SEO rankings. But consider this, other than the page content, you now have two pages "competing" for the same terms. You might want to manually help your page names out in cases like this. For example 2014-june-weather-update and 2013-june-weather-update would likely help users and SE alike to distinguish what your pages are about. (this is just an example, I don't know the details of your pages)

  • Yes John, what you says makes sense. Funnily enough I was also considering adding "extra" data to the URL, and the year is of course what I thought about as well. – WPRookie82 Jul 16 '14 at 7:47

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