WebDogOne - 7:50 pm on Jul 10, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: phranque at 8:21 pm (utc) on Jul 10, 2013]
Duplicate home pages problem > what are: ?cat=1, ?cat=, ?fullsite=true
I noticed on one of my clients sites that there were pages that appear to be duplicates of the home page. These were found when I noticed a Error message regarding duplicate Titles and Descriptions in Webmaster Tools. The pages show as example.com/?cat=-1, example.com/?cat= and example.com/?fullsite=true.
These are not URLs we have created and are not showing on the server.
I checked the database using site:example.com and sure enough, these URLs are in the Google database.
Since they appear to be creating duplicate home pages I was about to use the Remove URL tool but then noticed that the URL was causing it to "Remove Site" rather than "Remove Page", which of course spooked me into A) thinking there were multiple versions of the site, or B) removing these URLs would somehow remove the entire site.
Q: What are these?
Q: Where do they come from?
Q: How do I safely get rid of them?
Any and all comments welcome. Thanks.
[edit reason] exemplified domain [/edit]
[edited by: phranque at 8:21 pm (utc) on Jul 10, 2013]