Problems with Wordpress Setup and Duplicate Content

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Hello Warrior Forum!

I currently have a blog, lets call it mysite.com/blog

When you get to mysite.com/blog it has my last 6 or 7 blog entries, all on one page.

If you click on "older posts" at the bottom, it will go to the previous 6 or 7 posts before these, and so on and so on all the way back to my first post.

However, if you click on any one individual blog title, it leads to that individual post, and that post has it's own unique url. So for instance, if I wrote about "my favorite cats", it would be www.mysite.com/blog/my-favorite-cats.

But this blog post, My Favorite Cats, will also show up on the main blog page: www.mysite.com/blog

So it's technically showing up on 2 urls at once.

A couple of questions if I may?

1) Is this an issue to Google? Do they account for this/overlook this? Or could they possibly penalize for duplicate content?

2) Should I no follow the main blog page?

3) However, very important... my main blog page, www.mysite.com/blog is indexed, and has a high ranking... so I wouldn't want to get rid of it. Also, hundreds, if not thousands of my individual blog posts are ranking as well, and I no follow them, my blog is done.

Any suggestions / guidance?

My hope is that this is overlooked by Google, not penalized. Thanks!
#content #duplicate #problems #setup #wordpress
  • Profile picture of the author nmwf
    Originally Posted by David C. View Post

    1) Is this an issue to Google? Do they account for this/overlook this? Or could they possibly penalize for duplicate content?
    No. Google is quite aware of how blogs work, and they ignore situations like this. They do, however, recommend placing a canonical tag in the main post's header so that they can quickly identify which piece of content to index (and which to ignore). This might help: https://support.google.com/webmaster...r/139066?hl=en

    Originally Posted by David C. View Post

    2) Should I no follow the main blog page?
    Nope. See above.

    Originally Posted by David C. View Post

    Any suggestions / guidance?
    Just the stuff above. You'll be fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    Nofollow has absolutely nothing to do with duplicate content.

    You just want to make sure you are using canonical tags where appropriate. If you do that, you are fine. Eliminate useless places where articles appear in Wordpress like under author archives (unless you actually have multiple authors) and date archives.

    Google is much more worried about content repeating a significant number of times on a site in an attempt to manipulate rankings. You have nothing to worry about, as your rankings already show.
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