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Reviving Google Traffic - by eliminating dupe content

     
4:43 pm on Jul 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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After a while of scratching my head i think i have found the answer why my traffic has dropped off and im putting down to dup pages.
On my busy site i have a search page of products and google started to crawl these and initially gave me 3 times the original traffic. Since mid-may this has dropped off and im noticing that google has turned its back on these pages i feel this maybe dup pages.
Google is still happily crawling all pages, yet when i do a site:domain search though these appear in the index there is no cache.
so how should i approach this?
Can i canconical the query string from product=widget&productmodel=amkewidget&min=0&max=5000
to upper limit
product=widget&productmodel=amkewidget&min=0&max=10000
?

or should i write a script to noindex,follow anything that doesnt =
product=widget&productmodel=amkewidget&min=0&max=10000

Ideas on this please.
6:33 pm on July 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

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As you've discovered, Google isn't happy with deep pagination in their results. A lot of sites have used the canonical link tag with success.