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I have a non-commercial legacy website for a recently deceased opera singer which includes audio files. When the links to the audio files were organized on about a dozen separate pages google gave the pages good ranks but visitors ignored the content on lower level pages. When I put everything on one large page the visitors loved it but Google drastically lowered the ranking of the combined content.
I'd like to have the smaller pages to please google and the combined page for the convenience of visitors.
If I link the small pages via the site index and put noindex and nofollow on the combined page, will google ignore the big page so there is no penalty for duplicate content or suspicion of "doorway" pages?
Thanks in advance for any help with this.
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Googlebot is currently going thru new content on one of my sites big time (YEA!). However, my logs are showing that Googlebot is hitting a lot of my "print page" links ...
For example, my site has the following structure:
The above would be the url to the main page for cheap blue widgets. Visitors will get the normal page, with regular html formatting, etc. However, if the visitor wishes to print this page out (without the html formatting), I provide a link (on the main page) to do so as follows:
This page is specially formatted to print on a standard 8.5 x 11 page.
From my log reviews, Googlebot is really liking the printable page links, but I am worried about the dup content issue.
Should I include the "noindex" meta tag to the printable page?
Thanks in advance :)
So the answer to the OP's question is ... no. It won't make any difference, though getting rid of the "duplicate" page (with a 301 redirect to the other page) may help.