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Duplicate Meta Descriptions URLs - Can anyone help?

Postby apollo13 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 11:45 am

We have a website built on the Magento plaform and when we look at our webmaster tools Google is reporting there is a large number of duplicate meta descriptions for our products. When we look in the back-end of Magento it becomes clear that there are duplicate URLS in the back of Magento.

For example:

/peach-bird-print-chiffon-playsuit-102933.html redirects to peach-bird-print-chiffon-playsuit-102937.html

/peach-bird-print-chiffon-playsuit-102929.html redirects peach-bird-print-chiffon-playsuit-102937.html

There should just be one configurable showing for the above product with a URL ending in peach-bird-print-chiffon-playsuit.html

I am looking for some advice on how to remove these using the most effective and quickest method as there are over 1000+ with more than 3/4 URLS for each product.

Would you recommend one of the following methods:

1) Would you recommend going through each of them and removing the re-direct and setting up a manual one using a 301 re-directing to the correct page for each product


2) Submit a list of URLS in webmaster tools asking Google to ignore the URLS as some of the products being reported are no longer active on our website.

I look forward to hearing your feedback.

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Re: Duplicate Meta Descriptions URLs - Can anyone help?

Postby edmondscommerce » Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:02 am

Hi Paul

If you only want your configurable product to be indexed by google then the best thing is to make sure your simple products are all set to "not visible individually"

In terms of tidying up redirects, it can be tricky and potentially dangerous to do this if you are not sure what you are doing

depending on how many products you have, you could do some old fashioned htaccess 301 redirection
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Re: Duplicate Meta Descriptions URLs - Can anyone help?

Postby MageWorx » Tue Sep 10, 2013 1:05 pm

However, if all these URLs are already indexed, Google will report many 404 errors if you shut down these URLs. I think you should setup 301 redirects to your main configurable product after that to solve this.
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Re: Duplicate Meta Descriptions URLs - Can anyone help?

Postby brucekenway » Wed Nov 04, 2015 6:14 am

There is no problem, for duplicated meta description just try to change it in localhost.
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