I have noticed that in the Google Search Console (formerly Webmaster Tools) two of my URLs show up with duplicated description meta tag. The URLs are :

  1. www.example.com/blog/
  2. www.example.com/blog/page/2/

Obviously they correspond to the pagination of my blog home page. Is there a way to fix this?

[EDIT] I forgot to mention I use Wordpress.

  • Have you considered changing the descriptions? – MrWhite Oct 20 '15 at 9:50
  • yes, but I don't know how since it is only one blog page but with paginated content. So I can only change the description at one place – Sam Oct 20 '15 at 11:36

There is a quick and dirty fix for it if you install all in one SEO plugin and then you go to "Remove Descriptions For Paginated Pages" so that meta descriptions will not show on page 2 / page 3 / page 4 and so on...

After 1 week, the error in google webmaster tools will disappear.

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Pagination with rel=“next” and rel=“prev”

<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.example.com/blog/page/2/" />
<link rel="prev" href="/blog/" />
<link rel="next" href="/blog/page/3" />

The prev/next say to bots "You're on a section of the site which has pages. The canonical is where you are now, treat the prev url as the previous page and the next as next page, all with the same sort of content, so the duplicate is because of the pages".

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  • yes, that's what I said in my post :) But I'm using Wordpress (that, I forgot to mention) and I don't know how to set a different description to each page. In fact, I don't think I should. I think I should somehow indicate to google that these URLs are for pagination. – Sam Oct 20 '15 at 11:35
  • This isn't about description, this is about telling bots that you get the same result, just page X of it. This doesn't require you to set description per page (yes, would be a bit better, but not needed). – Martijn Oct 20 '15 at 11:38

Its tricky but I believe best way to handle this issue is that don't use the Meta description tag on both pages. If your page have content, Google will automatically crawl the content from pages.

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