We all know that duplicate content can be a problem. People copy your work, re-post it on their website, then you both are penalized for duplicate content! Unfortunately, there isn’t much that can be done about that, but did you know that often blogs have duplicate content within their own blog? The biggest culprit for duplicate internal content is your archives page, which is usually used for categories and monthly archives. Unless you only display partial posts in your archives, you’ll want to make sure Google doesn’t index it. If you aren’t handy with Robots.txt, you can instead use this code to easily tell Google not to index your archive.php page.

<?php if(is_archive()){ ?><meta name="robots" content="noindex"><?php } ?>

You’ll want to grab that code and paste it anywhere in the header of your theme above the closing of the head tag. That way, Google will not index these, and search engines won’t refer traffic to your archive pages instead of your single post pages.

Kyle Eslick is WordPress enthusiast who took his passion for WordPress to the next level in 2007 by launching WPHacks.com as a place to share hacks, tutorials, etc. Follow Kyle on Twitter @KyleEslick!

  1. Jeffrey Hunt says:

    I found and installed a WordPress plugin called All in One SEO Pack. It covers the duplicate content issue while also dealing with meta keywords and descriptions in an easy-to-use manner. Since I installed and activated it only in the last hour, I’m of course not able to see results yet, but I’m feeling good about what may come. Definitely worth looking into, IMO.

  2. Lee Robertson says:

    I agree with Jeffery, the All in One SEO pack is great for keeping the search engines out of the category and archive pages. It also has the added benefit of creating description and keyword tags automatically or you can create them yourself when you write the post.

  3. Kyle Eslick says:

    Thanks for the input guys!

    I’m a huge fan of the All-in-One SEO Pack. You can find my review of it here.

    I like to cover all the options, though, and I know some people prefer to avoid using plugins whenever possible, or use other SEO plugins instead.

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