How can I eliminate duplicate URL?

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Optimizer has indicated we have content that could be reached by more than one URL. "This so called duplicate content should be avoided, at all costs. The content on a page should only be accessible through one, unique URL. Otherwise you will leave it up to Google to figure out which version to show in the search-results, and which positive ranking-signals should be counted for which URL." How can I delete one? Both URLs are landing on my Home Page.
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Good morning! Actually those two URLs are the same. The first one takes the viewer to the index (home) page by default. The second one is specifying the index page be accessed. It would be the same as if you entered Duplicate content would be having two domains pointing to the same site.<br>Let's say you had two domains, the original and then you bought another domain and pointed it to the original. Both of those URLs would show the same content - duplicates.
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Susan is correct. This is not going to hurt you. Search engines are smart enough to figure this out. Even having 2 or 3 different domain names like .com .net and .org is not going to hurt you. If you have several domains with completely different and unrelated names, that would be a bit more murky.

If you want to look at the rel canonical tag, you can read up on adding this tag to the page header and it should resolve the tester, however, I have read some articles that think that tag may hurt in another way, though I haven't ever been able to really confirm it.

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