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Canonicalization

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by Alireza1561, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. #1
    hi,
    I have a website which is considered duplicate contents by google. actully there are more than 200 posts copied exactlly from wikipedia and caused my website to rank low.
    I read several articles and find out I must use rel="canonical" but I dont know how and where to use it.
    this is what google says :

    where should i put the links?
    should I link to wikipedia ?
    I am using wordpress .

    and one more question, my robots.txt is :
    User-agent: *
    Disallow:

    sitemap links also included in robots.text

    but I have a couple of my pages blocked.

    could anyone help me to solve these issues ?
    SEMrush
    thanks in advance
     
    Alireza1561, Aug 1, 2017 IP
    SEMrush
  2. dcristo

    dcristo Illustrious Member

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    #2
    You are completely misunderstanding the use of the canonical tag. You use the tag to tell the search engines where the original version of the page appears when you have duplicate pages on your own site. It has nothing to do with avoiding duplicate content issues when you're scraping content from other sites.
     
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  3. dscurlock

    dscurlock Notable Member

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    #3
    I can help you with that...
    • provide content that offers value to visitors.
    • avoid using any type of duplicate content.
    • find authority backlinks
    for the most part, easier said then done...
     
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  4. Alireza1561

    Alireza1561 Peon

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    #4
    so you are saying copying from wikipedia is not considered plagiarism and spam by google and other search engines and the reason of ranking low is something else?

    Thank you

    yes , I will consider these points definitely for the upcoming posts but now I need to know why my website ranks low if duplicate content is not the reason.bcz I dont have multiple pages with same contents in my web site, I also defined www.example.com form for google search console
     
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    Alireza1561, Aug 1, 2017 IP
  5. mmerlinn

    mmerlinn Well-Known Member

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    #5
    That is NOT what he is saying. Read it again, and again, and again until you fully understand what he said.
     
    mmerlinn, Aug 1, 2017 IP
  6. Alireza1561

    Alireza1561 Peon

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    misunderstanding probabley ,
    I did not copy from other sites, the previous webmaster did, I just want to fix the issue,i need a solution, should i get rid of all the posts?
    by the way , if you can help , i will appreciate it
    no ?
    why are you intrupting ?
     
    Alireza1561, Aug 1, 2017 IP
  7. redzventures

    redzventures Active Member

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    I would remove all of the posts that are duplicates and start from scratch, which would be unfortunate if the whole purpose of your site rests upon providing copied material. Fighting the battle of your domain becoming disreputed could be too much so maybe, unless your site is still high ranking for some things, consider a fresh site built using content that does not break any Google rules. A new domain could be in order.
     
    redzventures, Aug 8, 2017 IP
  8. Jessica_web

    Jessica_web Greenhorn

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    If you are a WordPress user then install SEO Yoast plugin make necessary setting of that plugin, and active
    Canonicalization then your every post will come with it and issue will be solved
     
    Jessica_web, Aug 18, 2017 IP
  9. Sumit_Singh

    Sumit_Singh Member

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    I think you should use the no-follow tag for this
    But what is the need to copy 200 articles and paste in your site?
     
    Sumit_Singh, Aug 22, 2017 IP
  10. Metiza

    Metiza Banned

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    #10
    Don't panic and make a deep breath.)
    If it is necessary to use articles from Wikipedia on your site just use nofollow/noindex 'cause canonical tag will not help you with these pages.
    If they don't play some great role just remove them and hire experienced copywriter to make new unique and relevant content.
     
    Metiza, Aug 22, 2017 IP