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  • I’m finding some strange query strings on my homepage are indexed in Google and causing duplicate content.

    Ideally, I’d like to remove all ?cat=* pages from the site and have then resolve to 404. Any thoughts on the best method to do so, .htaccess, WordPress modification, etc.?


    • This topic was modified 1 year, 8 months ago by ExactFox.

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  • the query string should be used when you have not clicked save for the Pretty Permalink (htaccess) setting.

    Using Permalinks

    Thread Starter ExactFox


    I did what you said, but again it indexed in Google.



    I got stuck with this issue on here too.

    I spent a crazy amount of time on support chats/calls about this “negative” category situation. Extensive talks with Yoast, Divi (my theme), Google Webmasters Forum, and then I hit a dead end here.

    I was told it wasn’t even a WordPress issue by an admin here, and they were actually offended by me. It was weird.

    I’m still holding out hope to find the right solution. I’ve had many suggestions…only to get suggestions against those suggestions.

    Here’s what seemed to be the best advice from the thread over on Google Webmasters Forum:

    I’ll follow up if I find anything else and feel free to do the same. Cheers! =D



    @exactfox did you ever find a solution to this? I’ve been struggling with it for months now and cannot find any answers. Thanks!

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