Duplicate content is always cause trouble, it doesn’t matter that your website on the Blogger (Blogspot) or WordPress. Duplicate content always hurts your website SEO (Search Engine Optimization) & your site ranking goes down due to this. Today it is necessary that the website should be search engine optimized. If your website SEO good than you will get higher ranking in the search results. As in my previous post i explained about WordPress duplicate content problem & solution but that process only works for the wordpress site not for free blogger. So today I’ll share here how to prevent Bloggers website duplicate content from the Search Engine index.
Archives & Search Pages in Search results-
When we think about the Blogger site duplicate content. The thing comes first Archives and Search pages. Because on WordPress as the category, tags and authors pages are indexed in the Search. Blogger site the same way, the search engines takes index these Archives & search pages without any restriction.
How to find Duplicate content in Search Engine ?
Go to the Google Search & search your site with this parameter-
Please Replace domainname or blogname with your domain or subdomain. You will find many URLs of archives & search in the search results, go to the last page & check.
The Archives and Search pages have an exact copy of your original post in excerpt but some content looks like as original post. So this excerpt content hurts your site SEO. If you want to get higher rank in search then these pages should be stopped before the index. When we starts the blog then we don’t know about these or SEO. But now we can prevent and remove these result from index.
How to prevent Archives & Search Pages from Google Search index?
There is two ways for Blogspot blog to prevent Archives & search pages into the search-
If your site is on Blogger then you can prevent Archives and search pages in the Google search index. This will need to make some changes in the settings of the Blogger site.
Set noindex & noachive on Archives & Search Pages-
- Login to your blogger deskboard & select your site.
- Click on Settings from the left & click on Search preferences.
- Now click on Custom robots header tags Edit option.
- Select the radio button Enable custom robots header tags?- Yes.
- Under the Archive and Search Pages: tick the noindex & noarchive check box.
- Click on Save changes.
The second way is set URLs parameters for your Archives & search pages. You can set URLs parameters in the webmaster tools. So how to set URLs parameter for your bloggers website?
Set URL Parameters-
- Login to Google Webmaster Tool
- After login select your site.
- Click on Crawl option from the left pane.
- In the Crawl click on URL Parameters option.
If your Bloggers blog or site URLs indexed by Googlebot into the search results & sites URLs parameters is the same then you can see all same URLs parameters list here- max-results, Updated-max, m, start, by-date, reverse-paginate, updated-min, feed.
Note: m mean your mobile site pages. Bloggers Mobile site pages also indexes into the search but it is duplicate content & looks like your main site content. So you can remove your mobile site pages from the search. the parameter looks like-
To remove these from search results you will need to set URLs parameter as No URLs. By defualt all Crawl parameter set on Let Googlebot decide. To change URLs parameter click on Edit option.
Now you’ll see Parameter box & select setting like this-
- Does This parameter change page content seen by the user- Select Yes:Changes, reorders, or narrow page content from the dropdown list.
- How Does this parameter affect page content- Leave as Select or you can choose Paginates from the dropdown list.
- Which URLs with this parameter should Googlebot crawl- Select No URLs radio button.
- Click on Save button.
Now set one by one No Urls parameter for- max-results, Updated-max, m, start, by-date, reverse-paginate, updated-min, feed.
The URLs parameters will prevent these URLs from Google Index & and gradually will be removed from the search.