Duplicate file name

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12/9/2014 8:27:01 AM
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Duplicate file name

Hi, any suggestions please,

I have just run a crawl on one of my sites and it is coming back with loads of "Duplicate page content" issues. Obviously duplicate page content is not great for SEO so I am looking at reducing this.

The issue is that for the page mydomain.co.uk we are getting duplicates on

www.mydomain.co.uk and www.mydomain.co.uk/home.aspx (OK I can live with the home.aspx one, but the others with www. are causing me an issue)

This is one of several sites on an installation of Mojoportal. 

If using IIS Http manager to redirect is causes issues with other sites on that installation.

Any suggestions?

12/9/2014 8:47:25 AM
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Re: Duplicate file name

if the site is working for both mydomain and www.mydomain, you should force it to the preferred host name, on this site we force it to www but you may choose either with or without www for your site, but you should force one or the other.

for your home page there should already be a canonical url link in the head of the page so google will not see it as a duplicate but you need to specify the preferred canonical in page settings.

ie on this site if you view the source of  the home page you will see:

<link rel='canonical' href='http://www.mojoportal.com/' />

and the same canonical is used no matter whether the url has /home because we set it specifically in page settings > SEO > Canonical Url Override.

See the article Optimizing Your Home Page SEO

pages other than the home page generally only have one url so the default canonical should be correct on those

unfortunately tools that scan sites and make such reports may not be aware of canonical links so they may flag problems that don't exist even after you make the correct settings

Hope that helps,

Joe

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