Duplicate Content

Crawling and Indexing for extensive websites

As soon as websites exceed the size of a typical private homepage, there are a number of new challenges that arise. One of them is that the existing content belongs in the Google index, as complete and up to date as possible. While this may sound easy, very large websites […]

Setting up a 301-redirect from the non-www to the www. domain-name

You should use a 301 Redirect to indicate the preferred domainname, in order to avoid problems with how the Google-Bot indexes your website and make sure no internal Duplicate Content arises due to canonicalization issues. Please also see: My website can be reached with and without the www. Is this […]

Does the same content in different languages constitute a duplicate content risk?

If a piece of content is available in multiple language versions, for example in German and English, it is not considered to be duplicate content. Nevertheless, it is still advisable to correctly mark the different language versions of a website using the hreflang attribute. Please also see: How should I […]

Do quotes constitute a duplicate content problem?

Using quoted text passages from other websites on your own site does not constitute a duplicate content problem and you will also not get hit by a Google Penalty because of it, provided you properly cite the source for the text in the source code. Correctly citing quotes in the […]

Is Duplicate Content responsible for the strong fluctuations in the indexed pages of my website?

If you notice continuous fluctuations in the number of the indexed pages over a longer period of time then the reason for, or a sign thereof, could very well be Duplicate Content. In order to evaluate these fluctuations and figure out whether there is a Duplicate Content problem, you will […]

Is it possible to identify Duplicate Content through the Visibility Index history?

Yes, a potential Duplicate Content problem can have a visible impact on the SISTRIX Visibility Index, as it can lead to a negative impact for a large part of the domain’s rankings. It is quite possible that the SISTRIX Visbilityindex will show the same ups and downs which can be […]

Using and correctly implementing Content-Syndication

Definition of what Content-Syndication actually means Content-Syndication is using specific (media) content multiple times. These can be articles, interviews, blogposts, studies as well as any other kind of text can be (media) content as well as infographics, videos, podcasts, etc. Anyone offering Content-Syndication gives their content, of which they are […]

My website can be reached with and without the www. Is this harmful?

To minimise Duplicate Content problems and to ensure a better indexing by the Google-Bot, Google recommends using a preferred domain name. That means you have to decide which Hostname should be preferred for your domain: without the www. (http://domain.com/), with the www. hostname (http://www.domain.com/) or even by a totally different […]

Can PDF-files of my HTML-pages lead to a Duplicate Content problem

From a technical standpoint it would be a case of internal Duplicate Content if the same content can be accessed through both a HTML-file as well as a PDF-document on your website. It would be external Duplicate Content if, for example, you offered a downloadable PDF version of the user-manual […]

Duplicate Content

Duplicate Content means that content is accessible through multiple URLs. This so-called Duplicate Content should be categorically avoided. Each piece of content on a website must only be accessible through one single URL. Otherwise, Google is put on the spot and has to decide which URL to display in the […]

Is there a duplicate content penalty?

No. There are different kinds of a Google penalties, but a so-called duplicate content penalty does not exist. Internal duplicate content can have an effect on how a website appears in the search results, but it does not lead to a penalty. Google has a part in their Webmaster Guidelines […]