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Teasers (intros) and seo duplicate content

 12:44 am on Apr 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Lately I am trying to write without the intros on my page. That means that my articles don't have teasers anymore. I mean most of the great bloggers are writing like that.

But this means that each article can be found on the home page for example and than on another page with different url when you click on the url of the article. So that will trigger duplicate content.

SO I wonder if the rankings drop? What are your experiences. Because if you display the article on the home page and then again when you click on the article title - that is duplicate content.

I just changed that and seems like my rankings fell. Especially form my main keyword. I went from 3 that I was there for few months to 9 after I started writing without intros.

The cure for this is for example robots.txt where you put the home page articles on disallow for example. I've seen that on some blogs. But most of the blogs have their robots.txt file empty.

For example Google blogger Mat Cutts is doing that. His robots.txt is empty and he does not use intros for articles. Is Google able to differentiate this flaw and not mark it as a duplicate c?


kamikaze Optimizer

 4:15 am on Apr 24, 2008 (gmt 0)

Is Google able to differentiate this flaw and not mark it as a duplicate c?

I think so. I also think that sites that are successful at this are also doing the following:

1.The actual article page has a unique Title and Meta description, not the same as the Title and description from the index page.
2.Their content changes often, they post two or three times or more a day.
3.They tend to keep just a few of the most recent articles on the index page, not dozens.

In addition to those that I suggest above, they are also most likely classified as authority sites, which tend to let you break a few minor rules.

I hope this helps.

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