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When I run SEO Profiler against my web site I get the following alert, (The page has the same or almost the same content as another page on your web site. Remove duplicate content from your web pages to avoid ranking penalties.) I believe what it is referring to is that I have two Index pages. One is the build in Homestead Index page that is required and the other is the one that I created in order to have a page content in the title of the URL. How do I satisfy both Homestead and search engine requirements.
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Hi neil2946,

I took a look at your site to determine what the issue might be, but I only see one index file If you try to create or upload another file with the same name, it will force you to override, or rename one of the files, so the system won't allow you to have two index pages. We can't troubleshoot any 3rd party software but I'll try to give you whatever information you need to help you out. let me know if you have more questions.

Mike

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Mike, to clarify the SEO report, I will quote the response.
" Analyzed page: http://www.topline-dist.com/
Title: Topline Distributing offers outdoor furnaces and hot water heating components
Errors,warnings and notices
! Duplicate content- full page
This page has the same content or almost the same content as another page on your website. Remove duplicate content from your web pages to avoid ranking penalties.
The other pages are:
http://www.topline-dist.com//Index.html
These pages do not use the rel=canonical attribute."
This is exactly how it reads. What do you suggest.
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Is the information an exact copy/paste? if so, I am a little skeptical on the accuracy. There shouldn't be a doulbe "//" like shown below.



Also if that's just a typo, then" http://www.topline-dist.com/" means the same thing as "http://www.topline-dist.com/Index.html ". If the URL, does not contain anything after the ".com/", then the web browser is programed to fetch the index page. So, even though you don't have two index pages, it looks like the software thinks you do.

I would contact the make of that software and get their advice or test it against some other software and see if you get varying results.

I hope this helps!

Mike
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Thanks Mike and it was a typo on my part. / not //
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Mike, it appears that I have a home page and an index page that have been ranked and may be the problem. I can not find the home page in my site builder plus list of pages in order to investigate.
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I can confirm that there is only one file named "index", and not any page named "home", so unless they can tell you the specific file name, I have no way of knowing what they are considering "duplicate content", an which page it is.

Mike
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I believe that I have the same issue. seem to have my index page and home page to be duplicate content in google's eyes. www.picturethisad.com
how would we resolve this?

Thank you,
Trey
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It looks like you have an index.html and a home-page-new.html that have duplicate content. Finish the new page and do a Save As to index.html, and then delete the home-page-new.html. Google will recognize the change soon. You might also want to look through all your pages and make sure you are using them. If you are not, I would delete them to keep a clean file structure and no orphaned pages. Google will like that better.

Thanks

Drew
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Hi Mike,

I have a similar problem, though I don't think it's strictly a duplicate content issue, but it's curious. This has been going on for a couple of months now and I suspect it's just a Google issue with respect to how they index things, but thought I'd run it by you for your consideration.

In Google Webmaster Tools, under the HTML improvements area, they have listed me as having many Duplicate Meta Descriptions, Missing Title Tags, and Duplicate Title Tags.
Here are a couple of examples:

Duplicate Meta Descriptions:

Further explanation of the elements of an Intuitive Health Reading with links to individual element
/Elements.html
/Elements.html?no_redirect=true
/elements.html

Missing Title Tags:

‎/about-us.html‎ - which refers to the http://www.healingspiritsong.com/Abou... page, Both come up and both have a title tag when source is viewed.

Duplicate Title Tags:

Healing Spirit Song, Alternative Medicine, Vashon, WA 98070 - earth
/Earth.html?no_redirect=true
/~local/~Preview/Earth.html

It seems that they are indexing my preview pages and other versions of the pages that I didn't even know existed until this came up. When I do a site:www.healingspiritsong.com search in Google, all this stuff comes up as indexed. Weird huh?

Also have had a couple of soft 404s, due to items that I had in the Simplestore that have been removed. (Have closed the Store for now, using Paypal for the time being due to sales tax issues). I did a cache removal for some of my 404s, (renamed pages and such), and I suspect these will go away soon, at least for a while.

Just though this might interest you. I don't think I'm being penalized for any of this, but it is odd.

Thanks for listening,

Alannah
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We will take a look at it. And yes, if you removed a page like the store, then you would get a 404, but it will go away when Google indexes again.

Drew
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Hey Drew!

Thanks very much for looking into this. I'm not really worried about it but it is a bit of a concern. Appreciate all your help. You guys are great!

Regards,

Alannah
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Thank you, and you are welcome.
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It shouldn't be possible for Google to index the preview pages as they should only be available to you on your computer and only when you are logged into SiteBuilder. I see that there was an XML sitemap just published on 10/17. If that is a new sitemap, then it should fix the problem. It make take a little time for Google to re-index the site but as long as you have checked your pages and are sure that you don't have any duplicates, then it should correct the error without you having to do anything else.

Mike
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Hi Mike,

Thanks for the answer! Am in touch with Drew also, gosh you guys are so helpful, I really appreciate the work you do.

I don't have any duplicate pages that I can see, and as I told Drew in his email this morning, Google Analytics records the preview pages when I am working on the site, so maybe the index is getting the info that way. I'll wait for a while and see if the new site map helps - if not maybe demoting some links might be the way to go?

I don't know that this is really hurting me, and my customers will not hit any of the non-published pages. It's just a little vexing to see. Google's not the only one who does it either, but they pick up the most.

Thanks again,

Best Regards,

Alannah
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Thanks for your quick reply yesterday Drew.
I did take your advice and remove some of the older pages we simply don't utilize anymore as well as saw & removed the "home page new" page - however, I don't believe that's the one they were referring to. I believe they are pulling up www.picturethisad.com as well as www.picturethisad.com/index and penalizing me for having duplicate content. Is there anyway this can be checked and corrected?

Thanks,
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Hi Trey0559, It is unlikely you are being penalized for that as those two urls are basically the same page. If you link to your domain name, with out any "/pagename.html" your browser is basically programed to look for the index file, so if you use the domain with "/index.html", it's essentially the same thing.

Mike
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Hi Mike or Drew,

I think I've figured out my problem with preview pages and non-existent pages being indexed. I believe it may be coming from the Traffic Booster, which I have on my site. Though I now have way more than 10 pages, it still seems to be working on many of the pages and has links to other pages within the site, some of which are preview pages and/or soft 404s. Perhaps it is time to remove Traffic Booster? I've left it on for now since I'm paid up a year ahead, but if it is causing a problem, I have no issue with removing it.

Advise please?

Thanks again,

Alannah
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OK, then perhaps best to keep it. So it does work on sites with more than 10 pages? It's just curious that some of the links go to preview pages or pages that have no product on them in the Simplestore (which I have closed for the time being). I'd just as soon keep it if it is helping SEO. The search terms in the links do tend to bring up the site in a Google search.

Thanks
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It will only work on sites with up to 10 pages. If you have more than that we can remove it for you.
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Ah, perhaps that why the links are going to odd pages. Best to remove it then - you have my OK to do so. Will I get any credit on the pre-payment? Not a big deal, just asking.

Thanks Mike,

Alannah
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I have it removed, and you should see the credit on your account.

Mike
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Thanks very much, Mike. You have been extremely helpful. It will be interesting to see how things shape up with that removed. Thanks also for the credit, I really appreciate it.

Have a wonderful rest of the day,

Regards,

Alannah
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P.S. Forgot to mention - I had a look at the source code by viewing it in my browser and that's when I discovered that it is there in the code. I had noticed the links going to preview pages when I clicked them on the live site, but it didn't dawn on me at that point that it was a problem. (Face palm!)

Thanks again,

Alannah
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if you just republish the entire site it will disappear.
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Sorry, me again. Just republished and Traffic Booster is still there. Sigh, sorry to be such a bother. Any other ideas?

Thanks
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It should be gone now. Take another look. If you are still seeing it just clear your cache.

Mike
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Yay! It is indeed gone now. Was clearing browser caches while you were answering! Works just great now in all 5 major browsers.

Thanks so much Mike, you have been a huge, and very patient helper.

Many blessings to you,

Alannah
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Happy to help!

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