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Question: How to avoid duplicate pages (GET params)

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by madoctopus, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. madoctopus

    madoctopus Supreme Member

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    I have a WP blog and naturally it has listings of posts. I have a form where I can select how they are ordered when displayed (alphabetically, date, etc.). The links without and with the parameters in the URL look like:

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    http://www.domain.com/something/
    http://www.domain.com/something/?orderby=title&order=Apply
    
    OR
    
    http://www.domain.com/something/?age=12&size=large
    http://www.domain.com/something/?age=12&size=large&orderby=title&order=Apply
    

    What's the best approach? Should I define a canonical URL on pages that have 'orderby' parameter?

    Also, I have a taxonomy/category drill-down system in place (like the product categories on amazon.com) and there is a chance that I get different URLs to display the same thing. For example for 'age=12&size=large' query string I might display the same thing as for 'age=12'.

    Also, what about pagination? Should I even bother about it? I have the titles as 'Original Title - Page 2' but the <h1> title content is the same (Original Title).

    How much and what should I address myself and how much should I let Google figure out by itself?
     
  2. Gozpy

    Gozpy Regular Member

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    In Google Webmaster Tools you can tell Google to ignore certain slugs/parameters (e.g. "orderby").
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2011