Duplicate cID pages created by Concrete5
I'm having some issues where a site we are working on seems to be making multiple pages going to the same page. An SEO specialist has run a report and found a number of duplicate pages created by C5.
We are concerned that this is going to dilute or worse penalise the way google sees the site.
http://www.sitename.co.uk/ http://www.sitename.co.uk/index.php?cID=?akID[atSelectOptionID]=134 http://www.sitename.co.uk/index.php?cID=?akID[atSelectOptionID]=123 http://www.sitename.co.uk/index.php?cID=?akID[atSelectOptionID]=41
Is there a way of stopping google from accessing these duplicate 'cID' pages and stop them being made? Also is there a way of getting rid of the ones that are there? We've done a number of sites in C5 and are beginning to get concerned about this...
Anything after the initial ? is just a part of the query string. This wont affect your ranking. It's quite normal to have different query strings, but all going to the same page... It's still the same page, with the same URL, just being passed different parameters...
Take the example of Affiliate links:
Different URL's going to the same page. I understand the concept of duplicate pages and I agree with the idea behind it, but this isn't it. This is one page, with one url, with different parameters being passed in. Perfectly valid in my opinion...
Happy to be proved wrong however :)
I think maybe the reason the report has flagged them, is because there are 2 ?'s in each one. This is actually invalid, so could confuse the script that generates the report. I would need to see the actual links to the actual page to figure out which block is causing that to happen...
Its very harsh though.
You can also use canonical links this will tell search engines that the page canonical link is the link to use, over any other link
insert this into your header
<?php $canonical = $c->getCollectionPointerID() ? Page::getByID($c->getCollectionPointerID()) : $c; $nh = Loader::helper('navigation'); printf('<link rel="canonical" href="%s" />', $nh->getCollectionURL($canonical));echo "\n"; ?>
I had a dig around on the site and the links were being created by the Category List and Tag Lists on the Blog addon. They didn't seem to be able to generate the links correctly. Chassa's having a word with the addon creator to check if it's a bug or an implementation issue...
Pages with duplicate title tags Pages
Taupo trout fishing report | the New Zealand fly fishing company
Fly fishing in New Zealand with guide Gary Lyttle | New Zealand Fly fishing Company Lake Taupo guide