These are pretty much basic methods to remove duplicate content issues with your self-hosted WordPress blog but lately I have found these issues with many blogs that I frequently visit so decided to make this post. We fear of duplicate content that is present in multiple places on the web, but this kind of duplicate content that is unique but available in multiple places on your own blog is much more damaging. So, here I present 3 basic methods to remove the duplicate content issues from your blog and make sure the full content is only available on your blog post page.
Feed – feed is a great help for a blog, but if not properly used it can spread duplicate content at a very fast rate, to prevent that from happening – login to your WordPress admin panel and navigate to the settings, in the settings click on the reading options. There you will find an option saying, “For each article in a feed, show” select summary. Otherwise your entire article, “as is” will be available on the feeds.
Comment-page-1 – Breaking comments into pages is a very bad idea because it can cause serious duplicate content issues. Unfortunately, even if you do not have enough comments to go to the next page, you will still have the comment-page-1 thing just because that option is enabled. So go to settings and next to discussions and un-check the option that says – “Break comments into pages”. This option must be disabled for good.
Read More option in archives, tags and categories – I have seen some blogs that have their full post pages in their archives, tags, categories and other such places. This will cause duplicate content issues, to sort it, just open your post in edit and go to the code window and add a ‘read more’ option in your code after the first few sentences. The sentences before that code will be visible in the tags, categories etc.
These simple but effective techniques will prevent the duplicate content issues on your blog and make your blog more search engine friendly.