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    duplicate titles because of non-ascii chars in url


    Hi

    Google webmastertools complains that many of my forum pages have duplicate title tags. What happens really is that some of my questions (therefore page titles) have Greek (non ascii) characters and they are omitted in the url.

    Somehow google thinks there are two pages, one with the greek chars and one without them. In reality there is only one page, the one without the greek chars.

    Please see screenshot (from webmastertools).


    both links result in this page:
    learn-greek-online.com/ask-greek/383/what-is

    and this is the canonical tag:
    <link rel="canonical" href="https:// learn-greek-online.com/ask-greek/383/what-is">

    How do I get rid of this problem?
    Last edited by bobptz; Jan 4th, 2018 at 01:28 PM.
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    I found a plugin that converts the Greek chars to latin. Then used 301 redirects to redirect the old urls.

    Problem fixed.
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    Try not to confuse pages with URL's, you maybe displaying the same page but if the URL is different then google treat it as a different page so that will cause you duplicate titles. This includes case which is why you should always use the canonical tag regardless.

    For example
    learn-greek-online.com/ask-greek/questions?start=40&sort=votes
    and
    learn-greek-online.com/ask-greek/questions?sort=votes&start=200

    are different URL's but provide the same page title of "Highest voted questions - Ask Greek"

    Your correct though the canonical tag should fold these together to give 1 page.and if that is not happening then check your syntax is correct. It is also possible the tool has a fault and is reporting things incorrectly.
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    Hi

    In the example I gave in my first post, it was the same page with 2 different urls.

    I checked the 2 links you mentioned:
    They have the same title: "Highest voted questions - Ask Greek"
    They have different canonical tags.
    They display different sets of forum posts.

    So they should not have the same title. Good thing google has not noticed this.
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    Google only ever give you a sample, it does give you a bit of a clue of any issues but they never tell you the full story I am afraid, that's down to you to you to figure out and fix.
    They could of course be a lot more helpful as they will know why a site is not doing as well as it could. But I guess if they told everyone then all sites would be the same.
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    So you are saying the two links you mentioned should have different titles, right?

    If you think it is serious, I will ask the software developer. I don't know how to hack the code for this.
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    Its debatable if it would impact or not, I just tend to get a little OCD about things like that and have to fix them. I doubt you would see any major problem by seeing it.
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