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5 Common WordPress Duplicate Content Issues

by david@dmomktg.com

Ever wondered why your WordPress site is not ranking as it should? There are a few reasons for this, one of which can be duplicate content. Content duplication issues that can impact rankings are easy to detect and solve on WordPress. Here’s how to fix them:

Inevitably when you start blogging or publishing content online, there will come a time where the same article appears multiple times throughout different sites; whether by accident or design doesn’t matter because Google has no understanding of intent here – all they know is if an identical page exists elsewhere in their index then we’ve got some work to do! This isn’t unique just to wordpress blogs either—a small business needs good SEO too but with so many other things going.

WordPress TAGS

Tags are a huge problem for many WordPress websites. When you tag an article, it creates its own page full of other content that the author deems relevant to their post–think excerpts from articles and more! If your tags happen to be exactly like categories or main pages on your core website (assuming this isn’t a blog), then congratulations: You’ve now created competition against yourself with one click!. Not only does tagging create posts in duplicate locations within the same site, but they’re usually modified versions too which means even more similar content competing against itself!

If you find that your page ranks well for some keywords and not others, it’s because the search engine assigned a different value to each of those ranking pages.
The good news is that this can be easily fixed by either removing all tags or adding an NDOF meta tag which tells Google “I want my content crawled but I don’t want any links from these posts on the SERP.”

WordPress Category Pages/Urls

A category page may not be the best platform for providing information, but it is a great way to highlight related content.

A lot of people find that browsing through categories can help them learn about new topics they are interested in and also provides an easy search path when looking for answers or solutions. One exception would be if you were trying to provide answers on your website; then having all your posts organized by topic will most likely work better than one big long list sorted alphabetically by date posted with tags at the end!

It is important to add a meta robot index and dofollow tags, as well as unique titles and copy for the category. Schema may be relevant depending on if you are trying to target specific queries or people in search engines. If you have a business that competes with your core website pages, make sure they aren’t targeting similar things so it doesn’t hurt each other’s rankings!

Competitive Phrases/Topics

Did you know that with most posts, there is more than one word in each sentence? It’s called the keyword density. This means that when people are reading your content they will notice it and want to click on what keywords stand out for them because of their search history or interests. In order to make sure all this information about how important unique content is easy-to-understand we need a recipe – so here’s an example:
Here I am talking about food bloggers who have shared 20 recipes for brownies! You might be thinking “what if my blog only has 1?” Well, never fear; just use creative wording such as “The Ultimate Brownie Recipe” Instead of naming every single ingredient separately.

In this case, you may want to do a category or subcategory brownies. If you can’t, revisit them and add modifiers (e.g., spicy, savory, chewy). Next begin adding copy about the finished product: Have you done a themed gift guide or holiday post? Has anything changed aside from the year? Mother’s Day craft ideas? Romantic Valentine’s Gifts for XYZ?”

Attention spans are short and the competition is fierce. If you have multiple posts, they could all compete since most people won’t scroll past the first page of search results anyway. That’s where a strategy like adding “2016” to your post will help – it’ll make sure that even if someone doesn’t see this year’s content at first glance, there may still be something for them down below!

WordPress Search Queries/Urls

With WordPress sites, sometimes search boxes generate URLs that may be indexable. This is especially if someone externally links to one of these URLs or the URL can be found by a search engine crawling it. To make sure this does not happen you need to find out what makes these particular URLs unique and then add a disallow rule for those factors in your robots text file so they will no longer appear on Google’s or any other crawlers list of indexes which could affect how well your site ranks with them as visitors click from page A –> B–> C (where “C” has been indexed).

Other WordPress Duplicate Content Issues

One of the best ways to make your website more interesting is by incorporating various types and styles of content, but sometimes you may end up with a duplicate or thin content issue. This could be because there are systems that automate work on our behalf these days which makes life easy for us! But despite this ease-of-use, other issues can arise when it’s time to create new posts. The first symptom I found was PDF versions being created as opposed to readable text snippets – one page might have two separate headlines in order for them both not go unnoticed (which would also mean less information). Another type of duplication I noticed were blog entries where each headline duplicated the description at times.

Posting duplicate content without realizing it can seem harmless at first, but when you do the math and see how Google’s ranking algorithms work, it becomes clear that your site will have a difficult time getting organic rankings for any keywords. Fortunately there are some easy ways to fix this issue using our tips from above!

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Find out how to determine if your WordPress site has duplicate content and what you can do about it.
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