Just a quick Tidbit for those of you groovyReaders who run a WordPress Blog. Today I did a google search and a few groovyPost.com results came back however the first 2 returned were dupes of each other. Huh, that’s odd and really not good for SEO IE: Dupe Content….
Turns out the second listing (which was the dupe) ended with the URL: /?replytocom=22264. No idea what the heck that is all about however doing a quick Google Search to see how bad my problem was I did the following Google Search:
Over 5000 results came back (oh great). Good news, the fix is very simple.
Adding a single line of code to the Robots.txt was the fastest and cleanest method I could think of to block search engines from indexing these dupe strings. Simply add the following line to the robots.txt file which should be sitting in the root of your wordpress site.
I’m sure you could throw something into your .htaccess file to 301 redirect the traffic to the correct link however I find the update to the robots.txt file is clean and simple and doesn’t add any bloat to your site.
For those of you who don’t want to mess with editing your robots.txt file (or don’t know how) then another option is to just install a plugin which I found that redirects BOTS to the correct URL. It is called the Replytcom Redirector WordPress Plugin. Just download, install and activate from the WordPress Plugin menu. Nothing to configure either once you install it.
I updated my robots.txt file tonight so I’ll report back once I see the pages dropping from the Google Search Results so stay tuned.