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duplicate meta description



7:44 pm on Sep 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Hello everyone -
I am having an issue with one of the websites.
Google is reporting that I am having duplicate meta descriptions for few pages.
What we did is that we used url rewrite to rewrite the pages to be more seo friendly.
Here is one example with one of our product pages:

Old format: www.mysite.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=12345&SKU=44412-2212A
New format: www.mysite.com/Products/12345-44412-2212a.aspx

What we are doing now, when someone will ask for www.mysite.com/Products/12345-44412-2212a.aspx they are taken to www.mysite.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=12345&SKU=44412-2212A but the url still remains www.mysite.com/Products/12345-44412-2212a.aspx.

But if someone type in www.mysite.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=12345&SKU=44412-2212A, they will see exactly the same page as www.mysite.com/Products/12345-44412-2212a.aspx since the data on the page is same.

What I was thinking is to block product.aspx pages in robots.txt file, but I don't know if that automatically will block google robots from crawling this page too www.mysite.com/Products/12345-44412-2212a.aspx, since that one is only url rewritted page from the other page format, www.mysite.com/Product.aspx?ProductID=12345&SKU=44412-2212A.

What do you guys think, how can we tackle this problem, any advice?
Thanks in advance.


8:13 am on Sep 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member topr8 is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

you need to set up a permanent redirect from the page you don't want indexed to the one you do - i'm unsure how to do this with aspx but am sure it is straightforward.

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