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duplicate content issues.

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asked Jul 15, 2011 in Q2A Core by anonymous
It seems that there are some problems with duplicate content that have not been addressed in q2a. For example on my site

http://mathhomeworkanswers.org

http://mathhomeworkanswers.org/questions

http://mathhomeworkanswers.org/activity

are essentially the same page. The only difference is that /questions and /activity include the additional page links to all of the questions at the bottom. This seems somewhat redundant and seems to be a duplicate content issue.

The same is true with all of the category pages.  They show up in questions and activity as well as directly off of the root

http://mathhomeworkanswers.org/algebra-1-answers

http://mathhomeworkanswers.org/activity/algebra-1-answers

http://mathhomeworkanswers.org/questions/algebra-1-answers

 

I personally would prefer that the root page and category pages automatically showed all of the additional question pages and elimiate the duplicate content

In other words show all activity on http://mathhomeworkanswers.org/

and get rid of /activity and /questions all together.

Same with the categories. I believe they should show the additional page buttons on the bottom if they exceed the length of the list and display only off of the root

http://mathhomeworkanswers.org/algebra-1-answers

and not

http://mathhomeworkanswers.org/activity/algebra-1-answers

http://mathhomeworkanswers.org/questions/algebra-1-answers

 

Any easy fix for this?
commented Jul 16, 2011 by greg
I really would like to know this solution. If anyone knows how to take care of this duplicated problems. please answer here

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answered Jul 16, 2011 by Scott
edited Jan 17, 2012 by Scott

That is not really duplicate content, and you won't get penalised by search engines for it, if that was your concern. If anything, it aids their indexing of your site because you can show the top content in different forms (e.g. the first page of newest questions and the first page of active questions).

Although I didn't know that you could have all those sorting options in categories as well, that could be a little confusing for users to have so much.

You can remove menu items in the admin section, so you could turn off the "Activity" page. I don't think you can turn off "Questions" because that is the full paginated list, whereas the others are just a single page of recent questions.

Also, if you are really converned about Google indexing those pages, why not block them in robots.txt? Something like the following:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /activity/algebra-1-answers
Disallow: /questions/algebra-1-answers

And so on for all your categories.

commented Jan 17, 2012 by osseonews
I think Disgruntledgoat's second option would be best. just saw it before my last comment.
commented Jan 18, 2012 by gidgreen
Thanks for your responses. I'll think about the question for the next major release, though I'm not sure this is a burning issue for many people. Otherwise, there's always the option of implementing this via a plugin.
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