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My printer-friendly pages are all supplemental



2:36 am on Jan 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I have just seen many of my pages went into supplemental.
On each article page there is an icon print that after clicking on it opens only the text of the articles so people can print it.

SO basically google indexed those pages also and have the same text as the original article. Google put all these prinit pages into supplemental.

I can not see that right, google is practically disabling me to help people print the article.

Should I remove those icons from each page so the google is not going to think it is a duplicate content?

That so so amazingly stupid to me.
I think google is just saying that he like only high educated seo who makes websites exactly like it wants, and it will punish the others.

It seems to me that that is not fair at all.

So I am asking should I remove the print option?
And is that going to do harm to my site?


4:42 am on Jan 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member bigdave is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

That seems right to me. The print page is mostly a duplicate of the standard page without all the other stuff on it. Google figured it out and kept your orignal content in the regular index and moved the printable pages into the supplemental index.

It isn't like a penalty was applied or something against your main pages. I could see you complaining about it if the print pages stayed in the main index and the regular versions went supplemental.


5:01 am on Jan 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Use a separate print style sheet.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css" type="text/css" media="screen,projection" />
<link rel="stylesheet" href="print.css" type="text/css" media="print" />

Set display:none for things you dont want to show in the print version.


7:29 am on Jan 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I don't think searchers are interested in landing on your print pages if they are mere duplicates of your real pages, so it is fitting that they end up as supplementals only.

Now if that bothers you, just block search engines from these pages with your robots.txt file.

Otherwise, I don't see how it is harming your site.


8:24 am on Jan 28, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Thanks I needded to hear this

I though I was getting bad points from google


10:13 pm on Jan 29, 2007 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member g1smd is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member Top Contributors Of The Month

I would stop the Print pages being indexed. Put a <meta name="robots" content="noindex"> tag on every one of them.

As they contain no navigation to the rest of your site, they aren't useful to visitors that may directly land on them from a search result.


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