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Does Printer Friendly Version = Duplicate Content Penalty?
rfontaine




msg:819262
 6:42 pm on Oct 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

If you have a website, such as news site, that has tons of content in HTML and you would like to make printer-friendly-versions of all these news articles, do you think certain search engines may penalize the site for dup content?

 

rfontaine




msg:819263
 7:58 pm on Oct 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

anybody?

Elijah




msg:819264
 8:06 pm on Oct 12, 2005 (gmt 0)

You could just use a noindex meta tag on the printable pages.

<meta name="robots" content="noindex,follow">

techstyled




msg:819265
 7:46 am on Oct 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

Disclaimer: I'm a newb

I _think_ that you get penalized for having duplicate content when you have duplicate content. IOW, if you intend to put the same basic content in just a more print friendly format, I think you will be penalized.

I also _think_ the preferred method for doing this is by providing a CSS stylesheet change which would _not_ be a different page per se.

Ask in the CSS forum if you need to know how to do this.

msgraph




msg:819266
 4:06 pm on Oct 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

Site being penalized? unlikely. It is usually a matter of one page being chosen over the other

Most of the time search engines do a decent job of listing the "real" page instead of the printer-friendly page.

But like Elijah said, just be safe and block the robots to them.

sun818




msg:819267
 4:20 pm on Oct 25, 2005 (gmt 0)

It is also better for your users. Any time I visit certain forums, I notice several different versions of the same post: 1) forum page, robot friendly page, printer friendly page, and finally the reply box in the text. Only one page needs to be in the index, preferably the robot friendly page. Every other version needs to be blocked from the search engines.

Brett_Tabke




msg:819268
 5:52 pm on Dec 15, 2005 (gmt 0)

Site being penalized? unlikely. It is usually a matter of one page being chosen over the other

and that is the bottom line on the Dupe Content hysteria of 2005.

le_gber




msg:819269
 9:02 am on Dec 16, 2005 (gmt 0)

rfontaine,

how about using a specific stylesheet for print and avoid printer friendly pages altogether?

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