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Duplicate Product Descriptions...important?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by willinabox, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. willinabox

    willinabox Registered Member

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    Hey Guys,


    I'm new to the ecom game and im developing a new ecommerce retail rug store. I'm running into an issue with duplicate descriptions.


    So lets say I have a product which can come in 30 sizes. I'm not sure whether to do 30 separate products or have a sizing option for each of the products with the option to "choose a size".

    If I choose the latter of the two, I wouldn't have to deal with duplicate descriptions. BUTTT then the customer wouldn't be able to "search by size" on the home page. So Ihave no clue what to do.

    What do you guys think?
     
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    PreacherJesse Registered Member

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    have the customer choose their size at the payment section, i guess? :)
     
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    Bad idea in terms of CRO.
    Why don't use a simple dropdown and make the field searchable?
     
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  4. bytzu

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    You could use rel= canonical with no index in in headers for duplicate pages

    Rel=Canonical Code Sample on a duplicate page


    <head>
    <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.yoursite.com/main-product-without-sizes" />
    </head>



    Meta Robots Code Sample for duplicates pages


    <head>
    <meta name="robots" content="noindex, follow" />
    </head>

    google it for more details.
     
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  5. willinabox

    willinabox Registered Member

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    The website is for rugs, I'm checking with my developer to see if he can have attributes "size" "shape" searchable.

    I will have a drop down on the home page, where the customer can pick certain attributes that they are looking for "size" "color" etc.

    but some of these rugs will have 40+ sizes they can choose from, so I just wasnt sure whether have each size as an individual product. If I do this, I would use "no-index" for these pages, but I will probably just have a drop down for each product for size.

    Thanks for the feedback guys!

    -Will
     
  6. Revolate

    Revolate Regular Member

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    Not being rude here but what are you using for your ecommerce platform? The one I use has a varient feature that comes out of the box, e.g you can specify sizes 1000+ sizes, 1000+ colours etc etc.

    Seems a bit weird if your developer can't do it. Just my cents though.
     
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    jmaule646 Newbie

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    I think the dropdown is a good idea too!
     
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  8. willinabox

    willinabox Registered Member

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    Ecommerce platform is Magento -

    Yeah we decided to do simple products with no index in conjuction with our main products.