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Duplicate Pages; Best Parameter Handling in Google Webmaster for WordPress Site? (4 posts)

  1. will_pigeon
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,

    I'm wondering if I could get some advice on setting "Parameter Handling" in Google Webmaster.

    I'm getting some duplicate title tags being reported in webmaster and looking at the urls they all include ?page_id=

    I then noticed the Parameter Handling option, which I wasn't really aware of before.

    In fact parameter handling lists a few "Found parameters: h src w zc page_id nocache cd cs da ds ref wd"

    So I set page_id to ignore. I have set all the Found parameters to ignore. I hope I'm not telling Google to ignore something crucial?

    To me, the parameters "cd" "cs" "da" "ds" all appear to be linked from an industry directory site my business is listed on. So I presume it does no harm to tell Google to ignore them?

    "ref" and "src" I wasn't so sure about setting to ignore...

    Are there other parameters generated by WordPress I should tell google to ignore?

    Thank you

    Will

    (This topic follows on from this one: unwanted pages being created - Page of Posts with no wp_title)

  2. will_pigeon
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,

    Does anyone have any thoughts on this?

    WordPress generates pages dynamically. This is what the google webmaster guidelines say regarding parameter handling:

    Dynamic parameters (for example, session IDs, source, or language) in your URLs can result in many different URLs all pointing to essentially the same content. For example, http://www.example.com/dresses?sid=12395923 might point to the same content as http://www.example.com/dresses. You can specify whether you want Google to ignore up to 15 specific parameters in your URL. This can result in more efficient crawling and fewer duplicate URLs, while helping to ensure that the information you need is preserved. (Note: While Google takes suggestions into account, we don't guarantee that we'll follow them in every case.)

    Thank you

    Will

  3. will_pigeon
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,

    I'm wondering if anyone can help with the questions in this topic? Thoughts? Advice? Is this topic not interesting? All feedback appreciated.

    Thank you

    Will

  4. teacher
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You may like to control by using this in robots.txt file:

    Disallow: /*?*
    Disallow: /*?

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