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  • wper000


    Hello All!

    I started noticing that I’m getting a lot of URL’s that look like they’re being created dynamically by theirselves such as:

    I just found that these are pages that the previous owners of the domain created (I bought a domain that must have been previously used) which Google still has indexed. Because of this… Google thinks im creating duplicate content because for every unique URL that’s indexed with a /?xyz=whatever, it’s just going to the home page.

    Is there any way to send these pages to a 404? Any form of plugin or htaccess edit?


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  • Moderator kmessinger


    They are still in your database. Did you by a domain or the site and all the content? If just the domain you should start from the beginning and install wordpress as a new install. Delete the old db.



    The domain only. The database contains only my entries, it’s on a clean, new server.

    The URL’s are just old ones from the last owners that are still sitting in Google’s index, which is unfortunately causing duplicate content issues for me

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