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Do Dynamic Meta Descriptions Count As Duplicate?

5:43 pm on Sep 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Can anyone please tell me if a meta description (or page title) that
has a partial dynamic content is counted by Google as duplicate? For
example if a page has this

meta tag ---> 'this is a page about a ' + {dynamic}

and the {dynamic] part changes depending what is on the page, i.e: a
two pages showing a dog then a cat would produce:

meta 1 - 'this is a page about a dog'
meta 2 - 'this is a page about a cat'

I have 100's of products where it would be impractical to write
separate pages and separate tag so I generate the dynamic element 'on
the fly'.

Google WM Tools reports that I have 100's of duplicates when in fact
if you inspect the source to each page they are actually different.

Can anyone shine a light on this for me please?

Thanks in advance

8:45 pm on Sept 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Try to introduce as much variety as you can into the dynamically generated meta descriptions. I found that having at least two positions in the meta descriptions that are filled in dynamically usually does the trick. Depending on the way your page content is generated, you may be able to pull in significant bits of text dynamically from the page content, too. It's better to duplicate what's on the page exactly than to be close-to-duplicate across several pages.

If you're only talking about hundreds of products and not thousands, it might be worth the effort to make a project out of writing those tags anyway. A couple hundred really isn't all that impractical, especially considering that it can help your traffic and sales.

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I'll look at the code to see if I can put more dynamic elements in.

There are in reality 1000's of products so manually would be difficult.

Thanks for your response - it was 10 time faster than anything from Google!

6:40 pm on Sept 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Quite apart from the meta descriptions, it's also very likely that if the onpage product descriptions of these "1000s of products" you mention are dupes of manufacturer's boilerplate, Google will look at your content as duplicate and not rank you.

I suggest you run some of your pages through Copyscape and see what they report. Chances are very likely that that is your issue.