Broadway - 5:57 pm on Jun 10, 2012 (gmt 0)
Is the use of the rel=prev, rel=next elements a solution for this duplicate content issue?
4 pages reviewing pickup trucks (ford,chevy,dodge,toyota)
Each page on its own could contain "thick" content [lots unique paragraphs] but each page would extensively involve the use of the exact same keywords (turn radius, weight, etc...). Pages wouldn't be true duplicates (cut and paste, just changing a very few keywords) but would be very, very similar. (With the exception of brand, they would all rank for the exact same keywords).
By stitching these pages together using rel=prev, rel=next, have I declared to google that these individual pages should be seen as one, and therefore some amount of duplicate (or very,very similar) content is expected on each one and therefore no penalty applied?
When allowed to exist independently these four similar pages might be looked at as: How to drink pepsie, How to drink coke, How to drink water, How to drink tea.
Does using the rel=prev/next help to mitigate this issue?