Question about duplicate content

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If i have a website with product pages that I am trying to rank.... and there are several products that are the same model but are seperated only by color, how does google view this in terms of duplicate content if each page is going to be seo optimized?

how can i rank these pages that share model names but are separated only by color?
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  • Profile picture of the author Alliedmastertraders
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  • Profile picture of the author Catherine Bueno
    Hi there,

    In my opinion, I think it would be unnecessary to write another content for the same product just because it differs in color.

    Is there any way you can make the page contain all the colors your product has?

    Just my 2 cents. Hope this helps.
    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author michaelkoehler92
    Yeah if the products are of same model and differ only by color then its better if you link them all in single page instead of different.
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  • Profile picture of the author jipolis7
    I think the best approach is to show all the color variations and options for each product in same page.
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  • Profile picture of the author altonroot
    Yes it is case of duplicate content. Use configurable product if you are using magento. There is option for the same in other technology as well. Colour and Size different can't make different product.
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  • Profile picture of the author neiliusmaximus
    Google will definitely see this as duplicate content, so you essentially have two options, 1. Write different content for each page, or 2. Include your colour variations on the same product page. Number 2 is way quicker and easier, so go with that!
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  • Profile picture of the author sprucevn
    - There is no duplicate content penalty
    - Google rewards UNIQUENESS and the signals associated with ADDED VALUE
    - Google FILTERS duplicate content
    - Duplicate content can slow Google down in finding new content
    - XML sitemaps are just about the BEST technical method of helping Google discover your new content
    - Duplicate content is probably not going to set your marketing on fire
    - Google wants you to concentrate signals in canonical documents, and it wants you to focus on making these canonical pages BETTER for USERS.
    - For SEO, it is not necessarily the abundance of duplicate content on a website that is the real issue. - It's the lack of positive signals that NO unique content or added value provides that will fail to help you rank faster and better in Google.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sclark
    To avoid any content duplication issues I would go with one product page with available variations if possible. If this doesn`t suit your case - you may add rel=canonical tags to the pages with the same content, this way all the separate product pages will be available to the users and may bring some traffic, however, the variations won`t be taken into account by search engines, so this won`t affect your rankings negatively.
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  • Profile picture of the author DABK
    You know that creating a different page for such little differences is going to annoy your prospects, right?

    As to duplicate content: Google won't like it; will pick one page and ignore the other pages.

    Might even decide your site sucks and not show any pages to anyone.

    Here's where you read what Google thinks of duplicate content:

    Originally Posted by brodel34 View Post

    If i have a website with product pages that I am trying to rank.... and there are several products that are the same model but are seperated only by color, how does google view this in terms of duplicate content if each page is going to be seo optimized?

    how can i rank these pages that share model names but are separated only by color?
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  • It is best to write varying content descriptions for products. This lessens your chances of Google penalizing you for duplicate content on your site!
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  • Profile picture of the author shahzadbosan
    Rewrite Content for each page . google even consider website with www or without www if its a single page then your page 100% Duplicate . try to rewrite each page .

    Mixture of reviews will also help a lot .
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  • Profile picture of the author umakant13
    Only colours are different but products is same so work on single keyword for all colours
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  • Thanks to all for sharing those useful information. I am newbie here, Can anyone suggest me some software or sites where I can check duplicate content ??
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  • I think you should use different content for each pages or tell your friends for review..It will make the difference.But using different content is the best I not expert..just trying to give you an idea :p
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  • Profile picture of the author SEO-Dave
    What you are trying to do is a really bad SEO idea.

    Every webpage you add to your site costs link benefit to keep indexed/ranked and Google is quite good and comparing similar content and choosing the preferred URL. So unless you plan to create unique content (actual unique content, not the odd word changed) for each color the technique is highly unlikely to work (this is an out of date SEO technique).

    With content like this there's the canonical URL for indicating which webpage should be indexed, the rest are spidered, but not indexed and most (not all: you loose ~15% of the link benefit) of the link benefit/SEO rankings are redirected to the main canonical URL.

    Using canonical URLs this way is SEO wasteful, it's hard enough generating link benefit (PageRank) and spreading it around duplicate content with canonical URLs will waste your hard earned link benefit.

    If you do this and miss the canonical URLs Google will guess which is the preferred URL and you'll loose control over which webpage is indexed and shown for relevant SERPs. It is highly unlikely you'll gain traffic from several pretty much duplicate webpages: one will rank, the rest won't and you've wasted link benefit (the ~15%) keeping content that won't ranking spidered.

    More webpages indexed isn't always a good thing. It's only good (SEO wise) when each webpage is unique and targets unique SERPs. Generally speaking Product Name Red, Product Name Blue, Product Name Yellow.... are not high traffic SERPs.

    David Law
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