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How to Get Rid of the WordPress Duplicate Content Problem?

When it comes to blogging, WordPress is the widely used content management network that empowers nearly 47% of the total websites on the internet. As a blogger, most of our time is spent while writing meaningful and quality content, but sometimes, this content can also create some issues that can adversely affect our performance.

In the world of blogging, the most common problem is duplicate WordPress content. There are many instances when the same content is being accessed through different URL which ultimately raises the problem of duplicate WordPress content.

In this blog post, we are gonna share a complete guide that will help you to identify duplicate content and to get rid of the same. So, let’s have a look at some of the solutions that can be used to get rid of the WordPress duplicate content problem.

How One Can Find Out the WordPress Duplicate Content?

The very first thing you’ll require to do is to find out the same content on your blog itself. Once you’ve found the duplicate content, only then you would be able to take some corrective actions. So, let’s have a look at some methods which you can use to find out duplicate content on your blog.

1. Finding Duplicate Content Using Google Site Operator

  • Go to Google Search
  • Search for the “Site:www.yourdomain.com” phrase.
  • Replace the “your domain” with your site domain name.
  • Once you see the search results, go to the last page.
  • Scroll down and click on Show results with Omitted results.
  • Now, if you see any kind of tags, categories or author pages there, then it’s time to do some work.
  • Go to your WordPress dashboard.
  • Install and Activate the Yoast Plugin.
  • You can use the Yoast Plugin to keep them deindexed so that Google spider does not index them.

2. Keeping the Author Pages and Date Archives Deindexed in WordPress

  • Go to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Under the Yoast SEO, tap on the Titles & Metas option.
  • On the next screen, navigate to the Archives option.
  • You’ll see Author Archives and Date Archives there.
  • Keep both the options as No Index so that Google Spider doesn’t index these pages.

3. Fixing the Image Attachment URL in WordPress

  • Go to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Under the Yoast SEO section, you’ll find an “Advanced” option.
  • Just tap on it.
  • On the next screen, navigate to the Permalinks option.
  • Now, look for the “Redirect Image URL to Parent Post URL” option.
  • Once you’ve found it, change it to Redirect from No Redirect.
  • Also, while uploading an image, keep the Link to option as None.
  • It’s done.

4. Fixing Replytocom URL Issue in WordPress

  • Log in to your Google Webmasters tool account.
  • Go to the Crawl>URL Parameters section.
  • Tap on the Edit option that you’ll find next to the Replytocom option.
  • Set “Which URLs should Google index with this Parameter” option as No URL.
  • Keep the “How does the Parameter affect your Blog option” as Paginates.
  • Once it’s done, tap on the Save button.
  • You’ve Successfully tackled the Replytocom URL issue.

5. Fixing the Canonical URL Issue in WordPress

  • Go to your WordPress Dashboard.
  • In the left menu bar, you’ll see a Pages option.
  • Tap on it.
  • On the next screen, you’ll see a list of all the pages that you’ve created so far.
  • Click on any page and then it will open a page editor on your screen.
  • Scroll down to see the Yoast SEO plugin settings.
  • Just tap on the Gear icon.
  • Then, you’ll see a Canonical URL option there.
  • Just type in the URL that you want to set for the page.
  • It’s done.

By doing so, you’re directing Google spiders to index only the URL set by you. This way you can prevent the issue of the same page having multiple permalinks.

What Can I Do If Someone has Copied My Content?

In this case, you can use the Google DMCA service to report about the duplicated content. Google DMCA is a service that takes care of the plagiarism spread over the internet. If you think that someone has copied content from your blog posts, then you can file a complaint against the blog.

If the blog copying your content is hosted on Blogger, then Google will immediately delete the blog post, whereas, if it is hosted on a third-party platform, then Google will deindex it.