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#1   Peper

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 20:18

Now and then I really dig in to solve problems which is still haunting me on my shop.

Google reports that for my 600 or so products I still have duplicate meta descriptions and title tags - so about 500 of them.

So, most of them is similar to the following example:
/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=9&products_id=364
/product_info.php?products_id=364

or
/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=3&products_id=191&language=en
/product_info.php?manufacturers_id=3&products_id=191
/product_info.php?products_id=191

With Header Tags SEO V 3.2.5 installed to handle all the SEO, I'm still baffled to the duplicate content issue

Would the Google parameter handling solve any issues or am I missing something here?
Currently I have set "products_id", "cPath" and "page" to don't ignore, the rest like filter_id, language and manufacturers_id is set to ignore(had it to don't ignore for a few month's but no apparent change)

Also using in header
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" >
and like
<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.domain.co...products_id=629

Any heads up or solution will be greatly appreciated
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#2 ONLINE   Jack_mcs

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Posted 08 June 2011 - 23:56

You are misunderstanding the situation. Duplicate meta descriptions and title tags are the same as duplicate content. They don't do any harm. Google is just letting you know they exist, as will the test function in Header Tags SEO. It is common to have duplicate title and tags, especially in a dynamic shop and, in some cases, it is desireable.

#3   Peper

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 08:19

Thanks Jack making it clear
Making sense though as my products is around first page on Google, but only around 80 new visits per day

Just thinking in a way to make some improvements, trying to get more visitors and so on.
Is there a way however to output the header content something different in pages like /product_info.php?manufacturers_id=9&products_id=364

For example includes/header_tags.php - at the end.
echo ' <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=' . CHARSET  . '" >'."\n";
echo ' <title>' . $header_tags_array['title'] . '</title>' . "\n";
echo ' <meta name="Description" content="' . str_replace(array("_p_", "_/p_", "_br /_"), "", $header_tags_array['desc']) . '" >' . "\n";
echo ' <meta name="Keywords" content="' . $header_tags_array['keywords'] . '" >' . "\n";

Google likes new content
Is there a way to have like a txt file with random keywords relating to the site and insert some together with output

Any advice?
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Posted 09 June 2011 - 08:54

Or to the above, txt file doesn't sound good, rather to create a table for keywords and then randomly select some of them to add together into the header out
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Posted 10 June 2011 - 03:48

Or to the above, txt file doesn't sound good, rather to create a table for keywords and then randomly select some of them to add together into the header out

No, random keywords are not a good idea. Keywords are not as important as they once were first of all, though they are still used. But the main problem is that the search engines rank a page based on its content. If you are changing the content each time, the rank will keep bouncing around. Have you tried setting the manufacturers checkbox in page control for the product_info page?

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#6   Peper

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 14:59

No, random keywords are not a good idea. Keywords are not as important as they once were first of all, though they are still used. But the main problem is that the search engines rank a page based on its content. If you are changing the content each time, the rank will keep bouncing around. Have you tried setting the manufacturers checkbox in page control for the product_info page?

For product_info.php I have category manufacturer, model, product and root selected, the other is not selected
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