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10:49 am on Sep 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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One of my client runs a ecommerce site and to develop a new concept they want us to show a single product in two different urls. There will be 2 different urls and the product description will be the same for both the urls.

I can add different meta tags for 2 different urls to show the differenc but the product description remains the same.

One will be a product url and to create a campaign they will create another url in which the content remains same. Once the campaign is over the campaign url will be removed and may reappear later or permanently disappear.

Please give some suggestion to solve the duplicate content issue.
11:22 am on Sept 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Does this product have good position in the SERPs already or is it a new product?

Does the site have good traffic overall and place well for the target keywords?

If yes to the above, I wouldn't worry about one page of dupe content - but don't make it a habit.

But if you're still worried, can you add significantly more copy to one of the dupes?
1:32 pm on Sept 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Some of the products rank well and others doesn't rank well as they will be new products.

please give any suggestion so that i can solve this issue without getting any duplicate content problems. The requirement is that I should show two different urls compulsorily. What can I do so that the Search Engine feel that the two urls have different content.
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any suggestion so that i can solve this issue without getting any duplicate content problems.


Yes, just write different content for the new site. Is it really that difficult to do?
3:38 pm on Sept 28, 2010 (gmt 0)

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The requirement is that I should show two different urls compulsorily.

Exactly what do you mean by this? Where must the two different urls be "shown"?

How is traffic going to be driven to the "campaign" url? If not by organic SERPs -- which would be difficult for two urls with same content to be indexed -- can you simply disallow it in robots.txt or slap a noindex on it?
11:10 am on Sept 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Is the extra URL say a friendlier one for direct type traffic - maybe to be printed on a flyer, or shown in a press ad?

Can't you just stop that page being indexed? Or use canonical URL?
12:24 pm on Sept 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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>> Can't you just stop that page being indexed?

That's a good idea. Simply choose one to be indexed and ban the bots from the other. Google will obey robots.txt if you use it.
2:19 pm on Sept 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hmmm, seems to be an echo in here ;-}
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Thanks friends for your valuable replies. I want both the urls to be indexed as I will optimize both the urls.

I had one thought of adding google on/off for the description alone. But if i add those tags to the content the url will be hidden. Will there be value to that particular url as contents are king.
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But if i add those tags to the content the url will be hidden


Sorry, It is If I add Googele on/off tags to the descreption, the content in the url will be hidden.
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jimbeetle - yup. Intentional.
 

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