Nowadays, optimizing the WordPress is on the card of every business owner as it will bring more traffic to their website. But, duplicate content is the issue which incommodes most of the WordPress website’s owners. Search engine bots mark the content duplicate when two or number of pages have similar content holding different URLs. The paramount aim of the search engines is to proffer relevant & genuine results, so they do not commend duplicate content.
For having copied content on your website, penalty that comes from Google will not be for a single page but the entire site is punished with degrading ranking and performance. It is not essential that the content will be stated duplicate when it is from the whole website, but can also be copy of MetaTags, titles and other related elements.
Here are some of the best ways to fix the duplicate content issue of WordPress:
Rule Our Content Fraud/Theft:
There might not be a single blog left which is untouched from the clutch of copycats. They always find a suitable medium to steal the content. To fix this issue, one should only make the summary visible in RSS feeds (Settings > reading > for every article in a post, show: choose “summary”),. Adding to this, using plagiarism tools is also a good idea, tools like PlagSpotter.com, Copyscape.com, etc will prove to be helpful and useful.
Ironing Out Duplicate Title, Categories & Meta Tags:
There is time when you have large number of blogs. In such situation, there might be some posts that have exactly similar titles. You can go for post remover plugin to resolve this issue. The tag & category pages are indexed by default, but they include all the posts within them which may lead to genuine duplicate content issues. This is because Google will search the similar content in different locations particularly when you have selected more categories for a single post.
To avoid this issue, you should make changes in the SEO configurations just with the help of WordPress SEO plugin. People who opt for Yoast SEO, are supposed to go for SEO > Titles & Metas, open the tab named “Taxonomies” and tap the no-index button for your tags and categories. These taxonomies will vanish from the search results once you fix up this issue.
Pagination For Comment
The 2.7 version of WordPress came with the comment pagination to smash up the comment into various pages when you have a number of comments that drag the page. Here, the key issues is that each broken page denotes the duplicate content. You can sort out this issue via Settings > Discussions > Unchecking & break comments into the option of pages.
Find Pages Having Image Attachment Link:
At the time of adding image to a blog, there are some link preferences:
The image can be linked to the blog post
To the file URL
To image attachment
But, make sure you do not mark link attachment as the link of an image. In case, you have it already, then you can solve it by setting up attachment page redirecting plugin.
Opt For Canonical Tag:
It is good to opt for rel=canonical tag to avoid the duplicate content. This tag is useful when you cannot ignore the duplicate content but you are aware of the wrong URL which causes it. In such situation, this element is used in the part of a site. It fetches the major search engines to this particular version of website’s page that you wish to display as a search result. One sample is used below:
<link rel="canonical" href="http://mysite.com/mypost">
Hope all the above-mentioned will guide you to remove duplicate content from your WordPress website. Along with these points, you can rely on WordPress themes, there are a number of premium and free WordPress themes available to use. Thus, apply these points and choose the best themes to make your content free from duplicacy.
This post was last modified on May 26, 2018, 3:17 pm