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Submitted by Perce2 on Wed, 2018-01-10 12:12 in

Hi David,

Hope you had great festive period...

Looking through Google's HTML improvements, I see there is an awful lot of duplicate content found on my sites. A lot of it due to duplicate title tags beginning with:-
/product/some-product-title.html
/review/some-product-title.html

Is there an easy way to prevent this without effecting SEO of the site ?

Thanks

Submitted by support on Wed, 2018-01-10 12:16

Hi,

That's almost certainly down to the description content - it's no problem to hide that on the review pages - to do this, edit pto_product.php and look for the following code at line 432:

    if ($product->description)

...and REPLACE with:

    if ($product->description && ($pto_module == "product"))

Cheers,
David.
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Submitted by Perce2 on Thu, 2018-01-11 03:16

Thanks David, I'll give it a go...

Submitted by Perce2 on Tue, 2018-02-13 04:05

Hi David,

been a while since I implemented the code change. Just checked Google's Search Console again, looks like the duplicate title tags have actually now increased!
Still showing the problem title tags like this:

Apple Watch Series 3 (Gps + Cellular), 42Mm Silver Aluminium Case With Seashell Sport Loop
/product/Apple-Watch-Series-3-Gps-Cellular-42Mm-Silver-Aluminium-Case-With-Seashell-Sport-Loop.html
/review/Apple-Watch-Series-3-Gps-Cellular-42Mm-Silver-Aluminium-Case-With-Seashell-Sport-Loop.html

Any ideas ?
Thanks

Submitted by support on Tue, 2018-02-13 09:19

Hi,

Could you check the Product / Title template (wp-admin > Settings > PriceTapestry.org) as it should be postfixing " Reviews" on the review pages to avoid duplicate titles. The default content is:

%PRODUCT_NAME%%IF_REVIEW% Reviews%ENDIF_REVIEW%

...but if you have just:

%PRODUCT_NAME%

...that would explain it...

Cheers,
David.
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Submitted by Perce2 on Tue, 2018-02-13 11:02

I have %PRODUCT_NAME%%IF_REVIEW% Reviews%ENDIF_REVIEW% in place for Product / Title template !

Submitted by support on Tue, 2018-02-13 11:05

That's strange - could you use your browser's View > Source function to look at the HTML for both the product and review page for the same product and let me know what the <title> is in both cases...

Thanks,
David.
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PriceTapestry.com

Submitted by Perce2 on Tue, 2018-02-13 11:17

Yes, the titles are identical.

Submitted by support on Tue, 2018-02-13 11:32

Hi,

I'll follow up by email with you...

Cheers,
David.
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