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Can using categories and tags on Wordpress sites cause duplicate content issues?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by KingMonkey, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. KingMonkey

    KingMonkey Regular Member

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    Has anyone had any problems with using tags and categories to define posts and pages? Any google penalties and so on?
     
  2. GoldenGlovez

    GoldenGlovez Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Moved to the more appropriate 'Blogging' section.
     
  3. asilent

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    Some pages are not ranked, but I had no problem with root pages (like original posts)
     
  4. KingMonkey

    KingMonkey Regular Member

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    This isn't really a blogging question. I'm using wordpress software but on my own hosting etc. However if it gets answered here then great.
     
  5. iknowjack

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    I think it can, thats why i put the no index stuff
     
  6. m.rvs2141

    m.rvs2141 Power Member

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    It can effect if you have duplicate posts on your site, to many tags on you blog probably can be viewed by google as spamm
     
  7. skrode

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    categories haven't caused any problems for me
     
  8. krlread

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    As you know the Penguin change one of the things was SEO over optimization could possible affect your ranking. You might want to try a test on 2 different pages to see if either one is effected.

    Try using a very relevant LSI term when doing your sub-categories. You should also look at the use of your keywords in your actual blog post. Once again relevant LSI seems to work just fine. My opinion only.

    Ken
     
  9. KingMonkey

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    So what settings should I have for my tags and categories and so on? I installed 'All In One SEO' and it has various options I can tick...

    Canonical URLS
    Re-write titles
    Use categories for META keywords
    Use tags for MEGA keywords
    Dynamically generate keywords for posts page
    Use no index for categories
    Use no index for archives
    Use no index for tag archives
    Autogenerate descriptions
    Capitalize category titles

    So should I leave these options unticked or ticked? Also should I noindex my 'about us', 'contact' and 'privacy policy' pages?

    When it comes to tags, what is safe? Keep it to a minimum and only tags that are 100% related to the post, i.e. the keywords used in that post?
     
  10. babyblues

    babyblues Registered Member

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    1. Use Yoast Seo instead
    2. Must Nofollow: author, date archive
    3. Do NOT nofollow tag archives on small sites, G doesn't give a fuck
    3,5. You can place you tag archive pages as the least important in your sitemap (Google XML sitemap plugin)
    (3,6. Hack out the credit link from Google XML Sitemap with notepad++ since its a ******** link in your sitemap)
    4. Meta keywords aren't needed anymore
    5. Use Custom Meta-description manually (Seo yoast can do that)
    6. hm.. basically I thought it over and I can tell I feel it when to nofollow... If you aren't excessively tagging your best bet is: Don't give a single fuck on tag archives!

    The above is working for me 100%

    Hit pls rep thanks if you feel like!
     
  11. KingMonkey

    KingMonkey Regular Member

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    No offence but your post confused me more than anything.
     
  12. motzart

    motzart Power Member

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    No you are fine, unless the same post is put into two different URLS
     
  13. KingMonkey

    KingMonkey Regular Member

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    That's now what I'm being told on other forums.
     
  14. uniquecontent

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    I don't think it makes any difference, I always tag the same content in different categories.
     
  15. ber789

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    As long as you are using canonical urls, or one url for one piece of content, you will be fine. As you pointed out, your SEO extension has this setting.
     
  16. KingMonkey

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    Yeah I ticked 'canonical URL' box but I'm not really sure what it does? Is it just a case of when something is in 2 different categories it has one standard URL instead of multiple urls that are www.website.com/category/page for the same page?

    Do people noindex about us, privacy pages etc? For privacy page I'm just using a plug in so it's standard text and there could be duplicate content issues perhaps?
     
  17. ber789

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    It just insures that if there are multiple urls with identical content, as in the case with archives and author pages, etc. that the search engines now which one is the source or "real" version. Even if Google does think the privacy page is dup, it just would not include it in the index. I think some seo plugins give the option to noindex so probably OK to check it.
     
  18. futurestic06

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    I am using them and there is no problem. And I don't get why Google will thing that they are copied contents. the URL is also different. Don't get the thing.