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    Duplicate content/title's because of wordpress-blog


    Hey Everyone,

    Google webmaster tools showed me that I have dual content on my website as you can see:

    Duplicate meta descriptions 39

    Duplicate title tags 25

    my website is: www get-into-medicalschool (dot) com

    The problem is that because I have an integrated and embedded wordpress blog, each post has the same title, meta description, etc. because it is all shown in my index.php. How can I change the way google reads it? Or is this normal?? Help

    Thanks

    Naomi
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    Originally Posted by valkener
    Hey Everyone,

    Google webmaster tools showed me that I have dual content on my website as you can see:

    Duplicate meta descriptions 39

    Duplicate title tags 25

    my website is: www get-into-medicalschool (dot) com

    The problem is that because I have an integrated and embedded wordpress blog, each post has the same title, meta description, etc. because it is all shown in my index.php. How can I change the way google reads it? Or is this normal?? Help

    Thanks

    Naomi
    You should use "All in One SEO Pack" Plugin to resolve your Duplicate meta descriptions and Duplicate title tags issue.

    Also change the Permalink Settings instead of Default to Custom Structure. Refer below link for more info.

    wphacks.com/how-to-setting-up-your-wordpress-permalink-structure/

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    • ElectricPrez agrees : Yup!
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    Thanks guys,
    I changed it to %postname% - but now, when you click on the post, it is not embedded anymore.. it's blank without any CSS. How can I solve this?

    Naomi
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    Originally Posted by valkener
    Thanks guys,
    I changed it to %postname% - but now, when you click on the post, it is not embedded anymore.. it's blank without any CSS. How can I solve this?

    Naomi
    Use below to define CSS instead of [href="style.css"]

    href="/style.css"

    I am not sure but may be it will resolve your issue.
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    Where exactly do I change this?
    Thanks =)
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    Originally Posted by valkener
    Where exactly do I change this?
    Thanks =)
    In your WordPress theme.
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    Originally Posted by valkener
    Thanks guys,
    I changed it to %postname% - but now, when you click on the post, it is not embedded anymore.. it's blank without any CSS. How can I solve this?

    Naomi
    Your css reference in the header.php file of your theme should be something like:

    Code:
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="<?php bloginfo('stylesheet_url'); ?>" type="text/css" media="screen" />
    with it being fixed to "styles.css", the browser assumes the styles.css file is at the same folder level as the current page
    oops! I think I got that wrong! Sorry
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    I changed the header.php with no results, after a lot of trying and editing I sense that there is something wrong here.

    I changed the "style.css" to "www.get-into-medicalschool (dot )com/style.css" in the index.php in the rootdir.

    Consequently the new blog posts, such as www.get-into-medicalschool.com/75-day-mcat-studyguide.html now use the .css correctly.

    It seems like wordpress is grabbing all of my <head> from the index.php including page title, page menu, metakeywords - which all is dual content. I'm not sure why and how I can change this.

    Here is my index.php code:
    Code:
      <?php 
          require('./blog/wp-blog-header.php'); 
          ?>  
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
    
    <head>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"/>
    
    <meta name="description" content="shortenedforpost!"  />
    	
    	<meta name="shortenedforpost"/>
    	<meta name="robots" content="index, follow" />
    
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://www.get-into-medicalschool.com/style.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />
    <!--[if IE]>
    		<link href="all-ie-only.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
    	<![endif]-->
    <title>The Underdog's Guide to Medical School</title>
    
    
    
    </head>
    Thanks so much this is way over my head

    Naomi
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    Originally Posted by valkener
    I changed the header.php with no results, after a lot of trying and editing I sense that there is something wrong here.

    I changed the "style.css" to "www.get-into-medicalschool (dot )com/style.css" in the index.php in the rootdir.

    Consequently the new blog posts, such as www.get-into-medicalschool.com/75-day-mcat-studyguide.html now use the .css correctly.

    It seems like wordpress is grabbing all of my <head> from the index.php including page title, page menu, metakeywords - which all is dual content. I'm not sure why and how I can change this.

    Here is my index.php code:
    Code:
      <?php 
          require('./blog/wp-blog-header.php'); 
          ?>  
    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
    
    <head>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1"/>
    
    <meta name="description" content="shortenedforpost!"  />
    	
    	<meta name="shortenedforpost"/>
    	<meta name="robots" content="index, follow" />
    
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="http://www.get-into-medicalschool.com/style.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />
    <!--[if IE]>
    		<link href="all-ie-only.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />
    	<![endif]-->
    <title>The Underdog's Guide to Medical School</title>
    
    </head>
    Thanks so much this is way over my head

    Naomi
    Yes, WordPress does do that, well, actually it's the php template in WordPress that does it. Your pages consists of:

    header.php
    index.php (for homepage or archive.php for archives or single.php for a single post or category.php for a category or
    tag.php for tags, etc)
    sidebar.php (if required)
    footer.php

    In other words your header.php is on every page and the offending bit there is:

    <title>The Underdog's Guide to Medical School</title>

    Most themes would have a variable title using something like this:

    Code:
    <title><?php
    // Print the <title> tag based on what is being viewed.
    	wp_title( '|', true, 'right' );
    
    // Add the blog name.
    	bloginfo( 'name' );
    
    ?></title>
    That code won't work on all themes though. If you let us know what theme you are using maybe we can help you fix it up? Or PM me if it's a custom theme and I'll see if I can help.
    Last edited by Poiesis01; Apr 10th, 2011 at 05:59 AM. Reason: typo
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    I think my postcount isn't high enough to PM you .

    I will try what you suggested later. On a another note, I actually talked to some other WP users yesterday and they both suggested I use wordpress as a CMS for my entire site.

    Right now I am using wordpress only for my little blog feed on index.php and code the rest of the website in html/css. This made sense to me before but now I am doubting it and wonder if I should just use wordpress for my entire page because then I can focus on content vs. so much coding.

    This is a philosophical question I guess, what's your take on this?

    Thanks

    Naomi
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    same titles and same description should not be given in every post,you must change it ...

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