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Google Webmaster Tools Duplicate meta descriptions

6 years 8 months ago #105450 by Freddy-L
Hi

I have a website on Google Webmaster tools and it states that there are Duplicate meta descriptions on 34 of the pages (there is only about 34 pages in the website). The reason seems to be that Google sees 2 pages e.g.

/what-to-do/kayak-canoe-trips/10-activities
/what-to-do/kayak-canoe-trips

However I only have the 2nd URL set up on the website /what-to-do/kayak-canoe-trips. The other URL it sees /what-to-do/kayak-canoe-trips/10-activities is not on any menu and must be picked up because of the category.

I don't know how to tell Google what URL I want it to index. I have been thinking of using Admin Tools (Akeeba) to redirect all the other URL's.

This is a problem I keep having about Duplicate URL's and I dont really understand it. Any advice would be appreciated.

Eddie

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6 years 8 months ago #105466 by steve
Hi eddie-m. Welcome to OSTraining - we're delighted to have you with us.

Do you mind me asking the main URL of this site so I can see the problem in action?

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6 years 8 months ago - 6 years 8 months ago #105505 by Freddy-L
Hi Steve

The URL of the website is: kathleens.net

Thanks

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6 years 8 months ago #105545 by steve

The other URL it sees /what-to-do/kayak-canoe-trips/10-activities is not on any menu and must be picked up because of the category.


Yes, you're right about this.

There is actually a Redirect component inside Joomla that you can use to redirect URLs like this.

Duplicate URLs are not the end of the world. The major problem with "duplicate content" is having many pages (not just a couple) with repetitive content.

However, if you really want to ensure this doesn't happen at all, you can do a couple of things.

1) You can redirects URLs
2) You can get an extension such as SEF Advance which helps ensure you only have 1 URL: www.sakic.net/products/sef_advance/

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6 years 8 months ago #105558 by Freddy-L
Thanks for your reply. I have thought about using a SEF Extention but have been put of about how complex they seem. I know sh404SEF has been recommended by many but with warnings about how difficult it can be. I found a previous blog post from OSTraining www.ostraining.com/blog/joomla/ultimate-joomla-sef-guide/#4 where you say that SEF Advance is easier to use but does this apply to an already existing website or is it best to only use an SEF extenstion when creating new websites?

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6 years 8 months ago #105648 by steve
Hi Eddie

SEF Advance is good at both cleaning up existing websites and building new ones.

That's what we use on this site. It's able to automatically redirect many duplicate URLs to just one option.

Is SEF Advance worth using? Probably not on a small site, but increasingly so as your site becomes larger and larger.

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