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Removing home page dupes using URL removal tool

     
2:12 pm on Jul 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I've got dupes of my home page such as: www.example.org/?page=type&id=1

These are legacy URLs that have been blocked by the robots.txt. Is it safe to remove them using the URL removal tool in GWT?

In other words, will Google only remove the duplicate URLs and leave the home page intact?

Thanks!
9:08 pm on July 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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From what I've heard, it is NOT safe. Better to create a 301 redirect to the domain root from those URLs - or if that's a problem, use a canonical link tag in the <head> of the home page.
10:28 pm on July 1, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for clarifying that Ted. I'd half suspected it could be a tricky operation. :)
 

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