Google Penalizing Duplicate Shopify Content?

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Screenshot attached. The main product url is still on the previous page also.

I’m not saying other CMS’s don’t do the same thing, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t also somewhat less than optimized for search. Even beyond how these pages might appear in Google’s search results for a given search (and whether or not their PR is naturally split between them), people can link to any of the three and without Google knowing the canonical url, then that PR will be split between them.

I’m just hoping someone can help with a way to get the canonical url tag in the product template. I just don’t know what the Liquid syntax would be. It seems like that would be an easy solution.

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I get only one result with:

site:www.tokyorebel.com purple

The page I get is this one: http://www.tokyorebel.com/collections/sex-pot-revenge/products/purple-faux-fur-scarf

I use google.ca.

That’s what I was talking about when mentioning Drupal and categories… since a post (read: product) can belong to more than one category (read: collection) you are likely to get duplicate content.

As far as adding the canonical attribute, I suggest you watch the video when you’re back from work. It’s only 20 minutes long.

Good day!

Caroline from http://11heavens.com ∴ mllegeorgesand AT gmail DOT com
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Well I did watch the video. There’s not a whole lot that’s helpful in there to shopify users, I’m afraid. He talks about the canonical link and why it may be useful – but I think we already know that or we wouldn’t be talking about it.

I saw the part where he talks about sitemaps – he used the word preference when talking about sitemap links, but then he goes on to explicitly say that duplicate content is still a problem, especially in situations exactly like ours. A sitemap is not a solution, it just affects which link will be shown first.

Part of my job is SEO, so that’s why I might seem a little obsessed about it. We deal with duplicate content all the time on the site I work for (we just don’t use liquid, and it’s not a retail site). Very small differences in PageRank can mean being on page 1 of search results vs. page 3. And that’s huge.

Well, I’ll just dive a little more into learning liquid so I can implement this myself. I’m sure it’s one line of code in the main theme template that’ll take care of every product page link. The funny thing is shopify basically has canonical links built in (the permalink/handle for a given product) but it doesn’t really make much use of them that I can see. (I can’t figure out anywhere in the moderno theme, at least, where those links are used.)

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re/ duplicate content,
one area of consideration might be:

options for Customer: sort content by ‘recent’ or ‘price’,
with the default being alphabetical..
Smart Collection is to be referenced for the two alternatives.

two extra collections are thus created,
similar page names.. duplicate content,
albeit dynamically generated.

for a Collection titled “commodity1”,
the url would be /collections/commodity1

two accompanying Smart Collections
/collections/smart-commodity1-Recent
/collections/smart-commodity1-Price

is it worthwhile to restrict page sorting
to merely the one alphabetical presentation
and keep the page/collection streamlined with google search engine?

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I too have duplicate urls indexed, just spotted them in my webmaster tools Diagnostics under duplicate title tags

‎/collections/category/products/product-1‎‎/

and

collections/category-2/products/product-1

Would it not be possible to sort the problem using robots.txt if shopify setup a way that shop owners could manually edit their own robots.txt file.

I know that at the moment their is a generic shopify robot.txt file which is automatically applied to all stores but you cant edit it.

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Re. the robots.txt…

The problem is unless I’m missing something, you’d have to be constantly manually updating it, every time you created a new collection. Maybe not a big deal, but there are bound to be mistakes and you might miss things which then end up in Google for months, until you realize it. (Unless maybe you just exclude all collections, which is probably possible.)

The canonical link tag should be automatic once it’s in the main template.

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Tokyorebel…

Regarding using canonical links for products. If you must. And I take the credit for the code ;-)

In theme.liquid, add the following snippet to the head element of your page:


{% if template == 'product' %}{% if collection %}
<link rel="canonical" href="{{ product.url }}" />
{% endif %}{% endif %}
Caroline from http://11heavens.com ∴ mllegeorgesand AT gmail DOT com
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Little tutorial here: http://11heavens.com/using-canonical-links-in-Shopify

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

Thank you! Now you’ve shut me up :)

I will add that today. I really was planning on learning how to do that myself – I’ve got the basic concepts of Liquid but just don’t have a lot of experience yet – but you’ve saved me some time. Thanks again. I think that will help others too.

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Now you’ve shut me up :)

:) <—wicked smile xxx

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