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    Canonical URLS & Content


    Hello,

    Hoping someone can give me some advice on Canonicals

    I want to use some articles etc that I have on a website which are already indexed in google (I own these articles) for another website I am
    creating. Both websites are similar but target different locations.

    I know I can use the articles on the new website and provide a canonical link to the orginal but have a couple of questions.

    1. Do the page titles have to be the same in the original and duplicate articles?

    2. Does the content have to be exactly the same? If not is there any benefit or problem with changing some of it.

    3. Will the same article be indexed on the new site even if I am using the canonical to the original? I know it will probably
    add a bit of link juice to the original but would like the duplicate to be indexed too.

    Thanks for any advice.

    Andrew
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    Rather than this why you shouldn't use the "noindex, follow meta tag" that will prevent search engines from indexing the duplicate content and link back to your original content.
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    Originally Posted by Prof.stan
    Rather than this why you shouldn't use the "noindex, follow meta tag" that will prevent search engines from indexing the duplicate content and link back to your original content.
    Hello and thanks for the reply.

    I don't really want to use noindex because I was hoping to get some seo benefits and ranking on both sites although of
    I know the canonical will reap most of the benefit?

    So, my questions still remain on the best way to do this.

    Thanks again - Andrew
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    I doubt you can rank from both sites with the same content. You should read https://support.google.com/webmaster...er/66359?hl=en about dulicate content and you can get some insightful on canonical attribute from https://moz.com/blog/rel-confused-an...ical-questions
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    Thanks again for the reply.

    Just to clarify, here are my original questions:


    1. Do the page titles have to be the same in the original and duplicate articles?

    2. Does the content have to be exactly the same? If not is there any benefit or problem with changing some of it.

    Thanks - Andrew
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    Originally Posted by awilson3rd
    I want to use some articles etc that I have on a website which are already indexed in google (I own these articles) for another website I am creating. Both websites are similar but target different locations.
    Since you own the material, it's yours to do with as you like.

    Do not duplicate the page titles and such, you will only be competing with your self. It's a different site, so it should be using different titles, descriptions and content.

    Just spin the article some, in your case it would be a re-write ( tweak it for this site, as long as it offers value ) and go about business as usual.
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    Thanks for the reply. <em></em>The sites are very similar so if I re-write the content do you think it would be best 'not' to bother using a canonical. I guess I am just a bit worried about getting penalised for duplicate content. <br><br>Thanks again - Andew
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    In your case, no do not use a canonical
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    just a bit worried about getting penalised for duplicate content.
    There is no penalty for duplicate content.
    They may compete against each other so 1 may struggle to rank but its not a conventional penalty that will effect your site assuming the site is not full of scraped and spun content. In which case its just spam which does carry a penalty.
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    There is no penalty for duplicate content.
    So true, check for https://twitter.com/methode .

    "DYK Google doesn't have a duplicate content penalty, but having many URLs serving the same content burns crawl budget and may dilute signals"
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    Thanks for the replies everyone. No, I don't scrape content. All content is either written by me or clients who list their services on the website. I try to avoid content (articles) that are not
    unique but when it is a client submitted article I have 'limited' control so try to rewrite some of the content so then I at least know it is now exactly the same as content they may have submitted elsewhere.

    I just wanted to make sure that across my own 2 websites there would be no penalities for adding content that is similar.

    Thanks again for your input.

    Andrew
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    For more clarity you should read Chadders experiment at Duplicate content myth

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