I’m at my wits end with this problem, please somebody help.
When I do more than five blog posts, it creates a new page – which Google indexes.
For example, the first page is domain.com, then after enough posts are made you get domain.com/page2/ then domain.com/page3/ etc
These archive pages all have the same Meta descriptions! I know this is bad SEO because I’m creating duplicate content.
I’m up to eleven pages (domain.com/page11) and I don’t want to carry on creating more dupe content. Google’s Webmaster Tools is flagging up the problem.
I’m using Yoast’s SEO plugin, if that helps?
Please guys, this is driving me mad.
That looks like WordPress is paginating your blog, which is true of just about every blog I’ve seen. It is normal. You pretty much have to paginate or you will end up loading (or failing to load) hundreds of posts on a single page.
You can change the number of posts per page using the control panel at wp-admin->Reading.
I think you misunderstand.
I use the WP-Paginate plugin for my pagination, WP doesn’t do a great job of it out of the box.
If you google “site:poppunkbands.co.uk” (without quote marks) you’ll see the problem.
There are around 10 or 11 versions of my homepage (archives) which have identical meta descriptions.
i don’t know why the plugin does not add at least the sub-page number to the meta description;
but, would this be enough for the search engine to recognize it as a different meta description?
twenty ten does a similar thing with the meta title tag:
// Add a page number if necessary: if ( $paged >= 2 || $page >= 2 ) echo ' | ' . sprintf( __( 'Page %s', 'twentyten' ), max( $paged, $page ) );
that is the problem if using a plugin – you don’t have easy access to modify the code.
Yeah, I see what you mean. That is weird.
I think alchymyth is right. You will need to modify the meta descriptions. You may have to modify your theme to get that working. The Yoast take on automatically generating the descriptions is that such is “a load of bull” and that you may be better off without meta descriptions at all.
I’ve got it on my list to try to get this all sorted out myself, so working through it with you is a good thing.
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