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Duplicate titles and metas in GWT. Should I be concerned?

   
10:29 am on Mar 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I just checked GWT and saw my site has duplicate title & metas
caused from a link on a site that when clicked on shows up as this http://www.example.com/?source=www.example.com

should I be concerned that it might affect my site?
9:52 pm on Mar 11, 2011 (gmt 0)

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



Duplicate titles and meta descriptions make it harder for Google to rank your pages appropriately. I'd say fix it.
9:55 pm on Mar 11, 2011 (gmt 0)



should I be concerned that it might affect my site?


Defintely be concerned.
1:42 am on Mar 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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More importantly, you should simply fix it. As either you have a canonical problem where Google is recognizing the same page as two separate pages because you don't provide a canonical page. Or you simply have the same Title and/or description on two separate pages. Either way they are easy fixes that Google WMT usually recognizes within a month of being fixed.
7:18 am on Mar 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the replies, The easiest way to fix the problem would be to simply remove my listing/link from the site that has it. right? How can I fix a canonical issue from my end If I cant get them to remove the link? Do I use this tag rel="canonical" on my index page?
7:39 am on Mar 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Yes, that's a decent quick fix. Just use <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.example.com/"/>

More complex would be using a 301 redirect to remove the query strings. If you're not using any query strings, that's probably a better way to go. But if you are using some query strings, then it gets more complex - doable but complicated.
8:03 am on Mar 15, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Actually, stripping all the query_strings is not that much more complex ... It can be done with a couple of lines in the .htaccess, and could easily be added to the canonicalization or other redirects ... ? at the end of the redirect strips it, so all that has to happen is a ? to be added to the current redirect locations and a condition added to the www non-www canonicalization that checks for a query string ... and it probably sounds more complicated to read about than it is.

You're right it is a bit more complicated, but not very much imo ... And, yes, the real 'complication' comes in if you need to remove 'most' but not the rest.
 

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