How to Fix Duplicate Content Issue in Blogger – If any of the above questions is true then you must fight against duplicate content issue within the site. I already wrote an article on how to identify and remove low-quality content from Google but in this article, we will be discussing how to fix this issue permanently. Duplicate content within the site is a big issue and most of the bloggers are not aware of how to fix it. Even my blog ranking got lowered with duplicate content issue after moving to a responsive theme.
- Are you facing duplicate content issue?
- Is your ranking getting lowered with the increase of posts day by day?
- Did you got hit by Google Panda?
How to Identify Duplicate Content:
- Go to Google and search for site:yoursite.com.
- This will show up the list of all the pages that are indexed in google.
Sometimes you may notice a mobile version of pages and search results getting indexed in Google as follows.
The content in such kind of pages resembles the content of the main url thereby forming duplicate content.
You can also find Duplicate content via Google Webmaster Tools:
- Go to Google Webmaster Tools.
- Now navigate to Optimization then HTML Improvements.
- There you can find the list of all Duplicate Content.
|Duplicate Content in Webmaster Tool|
- The most commonly faced problem is Duplicate Meta Description. In this article, I will be explaining how to deal with this issue.
How to Fix Duplicate Content Issue?
Remove Duplicate URLs from Google:
- Go to Google.com and search for site:yoursite.com
- Now this will list you all the list of urls that are indexed in Google.
- Find the URLs that are ending with the wrong extension like ? m=1,?m=0 etc.
- Now open that page and copy the url of that particular page.
- Then go to your webmaster tools then navigate to Optimization then Remove URL’S.
- Then click on Create New URL Removal Request.
- Then paste the url there and then submit.
- When Google indexes your website for the next time those submitted urls must be disappeared from search results.
Step to Avoid Duplicate Content Getting Indexed in Google in Future:
What does this code do?
- This code makes Google index only those pages ending with “.html” and it blocks all those pages which are ending with urls like “.html?m=1” and “.html?m=0” etc.
Configuring URL Parameters in Google Webmaster Tools:
This step is optional.Avoid it if you are not confident enough to configure Webmaster Settings.
Google Webmasters provides an additional feature to configure URL parameters that get indexed in Google. Use this with precautions or else your whole website might get de-indexed.
- In Webmaster Tools navigate to Configuration then URL Parameters.
- You can see the url parameters as follows.
|URL Parameters in Webmaster Tools|
- By default, Google sets certain crawl value for each of these parameters.
- Now the main issue is with the mobile version parameter which is “m“.
- Click on edit and follow the settings shown below in the screenshot and save those settings.
|Mobile Parameter Settings|
Changing Robots.txt File:
Note:This is only for Advanced users.Use this only if you are using responsive theme or use this only if you are not able to fix this duplicate content issue after following all the other steps.
- Open your Blogger Dashboard.
- Then go to Settings then Search Preferences.
- In Search, Preferences enable custom robots.txt which will be disabled by default.
- Enable it and paste the following code.
User-agent: Mediapartners-Google Disallow:
- In the above code replace www.alltechbuzz.net with your website url then save it.
Custom Robots Header:
- Open blogger dashboard then Settings then choose Search Preferences.
- Enable Custom Robots Header Tags which is disabled by default and follow the below settings show in the screenshot.
|Custom Robots Header for Blogger/Blogspot|
- If you are done with all the settings then save the settings to get into effect.