Duplicate content issues

  • Hi, hope you are keeping safe

    I am facing several duplicate content issues and would like to ensure I use the tools provided by RankMath correctly to fix the issues. I apologize if my questions are broad or all over the place, I am just trying to understand what is best. I have attached a report for reference.

    1. The forum seems to be causing many duplicate content issues. Currently the forum has no content, only the relevant topics etc, is this a possible reason why it is causing duplicate content issues. How can I resolve the issues it is causing?

    2. On my website the majority of my pages show posts (including an excerpt and featured image). This is causing major duplicate content issues since- my home page, recent posts page and the page with the relevant post category and the post itself are all showing the same post excerpt. How can I configure this correctly so that this issue no longer occurs? This may relate to a question i ask later

    3. While researching I found that one of the main causes of duplicate content is pagination of posts, which I have enabled to prevent slow load times. How can I configure RankMath to make sure that this issue does not occur?

    4. Another is the pagination of comments by users, it may relate to the above but how can this be prevented?

    5. Currently I have my post pages set to the article schema, could this be contributing to the issue of duplicate content?

    After doing some research on fixing duplicate content it seems the suggested fix is to use the canonical tag when a post may show on multiple pages

    6. Rank Math allows me to set the canonical url, however, should I set the url of the post or rather the page of the relevant category that list the most relevant for the post (i.e. the page I want to post to be found on)?

    I apologize for the array of questions. Hope you can help

    Thanks
    Guy

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  • Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Rank Math today.

    Let’s go through your questions one by one:

    1. Which forum plugin are you using? So we can determine the cause

    2. You don’t have to worry about showing excerpts, it is duplicated content, true; but Google is able to understand the website structure and it will know it is not like you have the same post twice.

    3. The recommendations here are much longer than just a little answer so I would strongly recommend to check this post: https://wordlift.io/blog/en/pagination-seo-wordpress-plugin/

    4. About this question, I will be able to answer it in my answer to your question 6

    5. No, the Schema should be used just to indicate Google the type of the content (and maybe show some Rich Snippets in results), it doesn’t affect it.

    6. You should set the Canonical URL to the post, since there is the content you want to rank on Google. This would also help with your paginated comments. When you look at the URL in paginated comments, it is something like: https://website.com/post#comment-page-2

    If you set a canonical to https://website.com/post, each duplicate of the page showing the next page of comments will tell Google that the important URL is https://website.com so you will avoid duplicates.

    Don’t worry about all the questions, that is why we are here, to help you.

    Looking forward to helping you. Thank you.

    Perfect, thanks for your help. That answers all of my questions

    In terms of the Forum I am using the WPForo plugin

    Hello,

    Thank you for contacting Rank Math today.

    I have created a WPForo forum with empty topics then tetsted on siteliner but I can’t replicate the duplicate content issue. I’d recommend you follow the outlined duplicate content URLs shown on your test and inspect them. It seems to be something to do with this filter: https://i.rankmath.com/MuXqiZ

    Looking forward to helping you. Thank you.

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    Thanks for your assistance

    I do agree with you, the duplicate content does seem to come from the base url- https://tradingdispatch.com/forum/recent/?view=unread

    For reference I did contact the Forum plugin support when I noticed the issue and received the following response:

    “Hi @guy,

    wpForo SEO is totally crashed by other SEO plugin. Please let me know what SEO plugin you use? Do you know that all SEO plugins see forum pages as a one page, and they generate the same title, description, canonical-url and meta tags for all forums and topics. So this is why you see duplicated page errors. All your forum pages are introduced to Search Engines as one single page by your SEO plugin.

    wpForo has a built-in SEO system which works perfect if other plugins don’t stop it. Just let us know what SEO plugin you use. It should be excluded for the forum pages asap.”

    Thanks
    Guy

    Hello,

    I guess once you let them know which SEO plugin you are using they will be able to give you indications about what settings you should change to make it work better.

    If you prefer to use in the forums their SEO system and in the rest of the website the SEO from Rank Math, we had a user previously who asked about it, you can read his thread here: https://support.rankmath.com/ticket/disable-rank-math-on-specific-page/

    Looking forward to help you.

    Hi

    So from what I understand I should add the following code?

    if( is_page( ‘ID_OF_THE_PAGE’ ) ) {
    remove_all_actions( ‘rank_math/head’ );
    }

    If I apply this to the main Forum page, would this remove Rank Math from all Forum pages or would I have to apply this to each Forum page separately?

    Thanks

    Hello,

    You can add it ti function.php and check your pages as follows

    if(is_wpforo_page()) {
      // it is a forum page
    }
     

    Looking forward to helping you. Thank you.

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    Hello

    Apologies for my lack of knowledge as I have never done this before. So should I add both snippets of code? Or should I simply use the first one and the second is to return all the relevant page IDs?

    I hope I make sense
    Thanks

    Hello,

    Don’t worry, we are here to help you. The code you should add would be just this one:

    add_action( 'wp_head', function(){
    	if( is_wpforo_page() ) {
    		remove_all_actions( 'rank_math/head' );
    		add_action( 'wp_head', '_wp_render_title_tag', 2 );
    	}
    }, 1 );

    Looking forward to help you.

    Awesome, thanks for the assistance

    I have inserted the code and it is running
    How can I test if it is working correctly?

    • This reply was modified 6 days, 23 hours ago by Guy.

    Hello,

    The best way to test it is just to see (after some time) if Google indexes it fine. But you could test the pages in http://metatags.io/ and see if the meta tags you added are displayed as you want.

    Looking forward to help you.

    Great. Thanks for everyone’s help

    Hello,

    We are super happy that this resolved your issue. If you have any other questions in the future, know that we are here to help you.

    If you don’t mind me asking, could you please leave us a review (if you haven’t already) on https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/seo-by-rank-math/reviews/#new-post about your overall experience with Rank Math? We appreciate your time and patience.

    If you do have another question in the future, please feel free to create a new forum topic, and it will be our pleasure to assist you again.

    Thank you.

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