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  1. Zipster United Kingdom

    Zipster Active Member

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    Hi

    I'm in the middle of developing an ecommence site and I've come across an issue using mod_rewrite. There are two ways of getting to the same product page;

    site.co.uk/laptops/sony_blah_blah.html

    and (via the manfacturer drop down)

    site.co.uk/sony/sony_blah_blah.html

    will search engines read the fake directory structure and assume they are different pages with the same content?

    Thanks
    Tom
     
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  3. IanTurner

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    Yes thats a dupe content issue

    What you need to do is to ensure each of your product pages only has one unique URL.

    e.g.

    /laptops/sony/model-1234.html
    /laptops/sony/model-1235.html
    .
    .
    .


    and that

    /manufacturers/sony/index.html links to each of the unique product URLs.
     
  4. Zipster United Kingdom

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    Thanks for the reply, but even though each product page is unique, its the fake directory layout that concerns me.

    a more detailed example

    site.co.uk/laptops/sony_123.html
    and
    site.co.uk/sony/sony_123.html

    the same page but made to look like they are from different locations.

    Will google see this as duplicate content?
     
  5. BFTUK

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    Yes.

    One way around it uising the example you've given would be to exclude using robots text some of the directories.

    For example exclude SONY pages but allow all laptops pages to be index, however this is far from ideal.
     
  6. IanTurner

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    That's what I was trying to get at

    Effectively your product pages are not unique if they have two different URLs

    You manufacturers links need to link to
    site.co.uk/laptops/sony_blah_blah.html

    rather than to /sony/sony_blah_blah.html
     
  7. Zipster United Kingdom

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    Thanks guys, I'll have a rethink of the structure.

    Cheers
     
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