Hello all. I'm a bit new to Joomla. I set up a site and messed things up a bit SEO wise by not disabling the PDF and Email versions of the articles.
I was able to fix that thanks to the folks here.
The site is still dead traffic wise. I checked my google webmaster tools and got a bit of a shock. It appears that Google is indexing both the filename and filename.html versions of each page. Of course, that looks like duplicate city.
I should note that I added the free seo patch. I'm not sure if I can mention where I got it here. It is supposed to be a standard SEO patch that allows you to make sure you have unique titles, descriptions and keywords for your sections, categories and articles.
Under SEO settings for the global configuration, I have
Search Engine Friendly URLs Yes
Use Apache mod_rewrite No
Add suffix to URLs Yes
I did NOT have the add suffix to URLS originally set to yes. What it is supposed to do is add an HTML suffix to the pages.
The problem is that when I look in my webmaster tools, I see listed under 'duplicate title tags' things like
Widgets for the common man
Clicking on either link brings up the same content. Also, this appears to occur for every article I have.
SO.. No wonder this site is dead in the water.
My question is, how do I fix this? I suppose that the simplest way would be a robots.txt entry. However, I'm not sure how to exclude the pages with no extension (It would seem to me that the extension would be of some benefit. I may be wrong on that. )
Also, I am getting some traffic and the site is indexed in google. However, the traffic is for stuff that is not what the site is about. Also, I strongly suspect that a dupe penalty is in effect.
Thanks. Any thoughts are appreciated.