Friday, 23 August 2013

Find duplicate content (same content, different url) in your website using Scrutiny

[updated 24 Jun 2019]

Duplicate content on your website is sometimes said to harm your search engine optimisation. It may not be such a serious problem as this article explains.

Here's how to check for duplicate content on your site using Scrutiny.  Integrity Pro also has this functionality and will look much the same.

1. First scan your site. If your site isn't already in the sites list, press 'New' and type your starting url. Press 'Next' to see the default settings, press 'Next' again to accept those settings. Press 'Go' beside 'Check for broken links'.


2. When the crawl has finished, switch to the SEO tab

3. Switch the 'Filter' to 'Pages with possible duplicates'

You'll now see possible duplicates in the main view. To see a list of the pages that Scrutiny thinks are duplicates for a particular url, double-click it to open the page inspector.


In this example, the problem has arisen because scrutiny has found links to the same page in two different forms - peacockmedia.co.uk/clipassist  and peacockmedia.co.uk/clipassist/index.html

Dealing with duplicates

If you want to deal with this problem, use canonical meta tag in your pages

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