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Faceted navigation, such as filtering by color or price range, can be helpful for your visitors, but it’s often not search-friendly since it creates many combinations of URLs with duplicative content. With duplicative URLs, search engines may not crawl new or updated unique content as quickly, and/or they may not index a page accurately because indexing signals are diluted between the duplicate versions. To reduce these issues and help faceted navigation sites become as search-friendly as possible, we’d like to:
- Provide background and potential issues with faceted navigation
- Highlight worst practices
- Share best practices
- New faceted navigation implementations or redesigns
- Existing faceted navigation implementations
Alternatively, consider placing user-generated values in a separate directory and then robots.txt disallow crawling of that directory.
So, where are our rewards?
"Google is training you: Jump little monkey jump!"
"The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm." Confucius
"Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative."
I'm just shocked it took them over 10 years to publicly address the problem after the rest of us battled it out and resolved it a long time ago.
Maybe with the growth of the web these multiple URLs are becoming a bigger issue
I'm just shocked it took them over 10 years to publicly address the problem after the rest of us battled it out and resolved it a long time ago