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Joomla - Dupes with widget and widget.html

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3:47 am on Jul 13, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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.


5:10 pm on July 14, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I would *not* do it with robots.txt for a variety of reasons.

I don't know how Joomla would do it, but I would create a RewriteRule that does a 301 redirect to whichever one is correct.

The thing I would watch out for, though, is whether Joomla is generating both as links. In other words, if your current setup is such that all Joomla-generated links in menus and tags and whatnot are one way, but you can access the content both ways, you could handle that adequately with redirects and rewrites.

But if Joomla is still serving up a soup of links, some with and some without extensions, you need to deal with that problem first.

Does that make sense?

5:49 pm on July 15, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Ergophobe. Yes, that makes sense. I have to sit and do some mouseovers and see if the linking is consistent. Also, I did notice that the dupe issue is not site wide, but only for a subset of the pages. haven't figured out why yet.

I'll go back and take a good look at the rewrite rules currently in place and see if I can figure out how to rewrite filename to filemane.html.

Thanks for the info. As I said, the site is quite dead and it's obviously something I did wrong here.


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