Google Penalizing Duplicate Shopify Content?

Shopify Partner
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Hmmm…even when I go to a collection and hit “next” or “previous,” I still don’t have any troubles. What theme are you using?

Gift Bird http://www.giftbird.com
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Excursionist
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no i meant on the product page. you can have a link to “next (or previous) product in this collection” – and for that, you have to know what collection a product is in, hence within: collection. sorry for creating confusion.

i don’t use the themes; i make my own.

operation absurdist feature requests: terminated (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absurdism)
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Shopify Partner
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Gotcha. I’m more concerned with the duplicate content issue, but I can understand why someone would want the additional functionality.

Gift Bird http://www.giftbird.com
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Tourist
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I am having an issue too; this is the info on duplicate content that I am getting from Google webmaster tools:

Pages with duplicate meta descriptions Pages
Pillows: Our wool knop filled pillows support your head and neck in the correct position, while keep
‎/collections/pillows
‎‎/collections/types?q=Pillows‎ 2
Overlays: Our luxurious wool bed toppers, also called overlays, will decrease pressure points, wick
‎/collections/overlays‎‎
/collections/types?q=Overlays‎ 2

I am hoping someone can suggest the liquid variable that will allow me to reference ”/collections/types?q=Overlays” and not ”/collections/overlays” so that I can add a noindex nofollow tag for those pages.

No idea where Google even got those URLs from.

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Shopify Partner
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Could you not use the liquid conditionals and point to a robot.txt in the html header to prevent Google indexing duplicate pages?

http://iamkeir.com
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Shopify Partner
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you can also use the new canonical link tag:


<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/products/the-bees-knees" />

Learn More about the Canonical Link Tag
http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/canonical-link-tag-video/

Unique Bath Gifts by Fortune Cookie Soap ~ http://www.FortuneCookieSoap.com ~ @fortunefreak
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New Member
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Forgive my ignorance, but where in the templates would you put the canonical link? It seems like it’d need to be hardcoded to each page.

http://www.tokyorebel.com
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Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
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Chelsea, I just watched the video by the google engineer: http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/canonical-link-tag-video/

The sitemap submitted by Shopify does not include the default product type collection pages.

The engineer is very clear about one thing: if search engine finds two pages that have the same content, if one of them is listed in the sitemap.xml file it will be indexed/used and the other page will be ignored. So basically there’s nothing to worry about here. Your collection pages (that you created based on product type) will be indexed, and others with ‘q=types’ in the URL won’t.

Caroline from http://11heavens.com ∴ mllegeorgesand AT gmail DOT com
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New Member
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Caroline:

I haven’t watched the video (it’s 20 minutes and I’m at work) but if Matt does say that, he’s not correct. I have submitted my site map and it has been successfully indexed by Google; however I also have duplicate pages for those product pages indexed by Google. This is easy to test – just go to site:http://www.tokyorebel.com in Google and look at the results. You will see quite a few duplicates in there, and it’s not even done indexing my site yet. For example, currently on page four there are two results for the same purple faux fur scarf. On the previous page is the canonical url (or what I’d like to be) for the same product.

So there are definitely duplicate urls in Google. How Google treats them for any given search is another question, but I would prefer Google not to include the dupes in its index at all.

http://www.tokyorebel.com
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Shopify Staff
Shopify Staff
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I have googled your site using:

site:www.tokyorebel.com

I am on page 3 of results and I am still not seeing duplicate content.

currently on page four there are two results for the same purple faux fur scarf.

Not so for me. I only see one result related to the ‘purple faux fur’ product and it is on page 4. Nothing about it on page 3.

Take note that the best content management systems out there will publish the occasional ‘duplicate content’. For example, using Drupal, depending on how you set up your taxonomy (categories), you will end up with same exact content for different categories. There’s nothing to worry about here. SEO can turn into a compulsive disorder as I have noticed in these forums ;-) That is what I would worry about.

Caroline from http://11heavens.com ∴ mllegeorgesand AT gmail DOT com
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