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Shopify Duplicate Content Issues

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by jon_xx_x, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. jon_xx_x

    jon_xx_x Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I decided to get with Shopify because I just wante a simple cart that's easy to use, and not a huge learning curve.
    I' want to silo my site properly and have a real nice structure.
    However I'm having some issues.
    Basically on shopify you create 'collections'.
    So say I have 100 products with various brands and prices.
    I can create a collection that only lists certain brands
    ie www.example.com/collections/nike/products/
    Or I can do it by price, so it would be
    www.example.com/collections/high-price/products/
    The problem is, if I click on one of the products, it will use the root URL depending what category the person is.
    So it's creating duplicate content. ie
    www.example.com/collections/nike/products/airjodans150/
    www.example.com/collections/high-price/products/airjordans150/

    They say adding
    <link rel="canonical" href="{{ canonical_url }}" />
    will solve the issue.
    What that does I believe is just put the canonical url as
    www.exmaple.com/products/airjordans150/
    The good thing is no duplicate content, the bad thing is I can't really silo that and it makes a mess.

    Is there anything I can do to properly silo the site witha good directory base and no duplicate content?
     
  2. davids355

    davids355 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Surely if you only add each product to a single category then it would only be accessible via 1 URL, can't you do that?

    if not, I reckon maybe you could use a regular expression in htaccess to 301 any product from one category to the same product URL just with the other category in it.

    thats a bit messy but if spotify don't support what your trying to achieve then you haven't got much choice.
     
  3. mindlesswizard

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    Same problem with most of the e-commerce platform. Been working with magento for the last 3-4 years and fighting with it every day :D
     
  4. jon_xx_x

    jon_xx_x Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Well the way it works is, if I want to list products by brand, I create a brand collection. If I want to list by price, I create a price collection ie $50-$100. If I want to list products by type ie shoes, shirts, etc, then I create collections for those. So you have a ton of collections and a ton of URLs.