Why is adding a new market causing SEO problems?

New Member
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I've just added another country as a market, and now I have SEO issues. My page score has dropped from mid 90s to 66 because of duplicated pages, meta descriptions, etc. I have other markets (countries) set up without issue.

Has anyone else come across this? Have I set this one up incorrectly?





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Shopify Staff
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If you are using subfolders to target different markets, it is also recommended to differentiate the content between those Markets. You can do this with the Translate and Adapt app, or another translation app on the Shopify app store.


If you don't want to differ your content, then it would be best to have these Markets use the same URL/domain.

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Shopify Partner
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Hi @Colleen7 ,


It seems like the issue of duplicate meta descriptions arises from having similar content across different market subfolders. Google might perceive these as duplicate content, which can impact your SEO. One way to address this is to ensure that each market has unique content that is sufficiently localized, not just translated, which can differentiate the pages in the eyes of search engines.


SEOPro could assist in this situation by auditing your Shopify store for SEO issues and offering recommendations for optimization. It can help identify where you might need unique meta descriptions and can even facilitate bulk updates to meta descriptions and other SEO elements. SEOPro can provide an SEO score for each page, giving you a clear view of where adjustments need to be made to improve your store's SEO.


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