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Problems with Google and the Gregarious plugin

Thursday, March 8th, 2007...11:07 am

Problems with Google and the Gregarious plugin


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I was just checking what pages Google has indexed from this site and I noticed that pages created by the Gregarious social bookmarking plugin were being crawled by the Googlebot, and have been indexed instead of the actual post.

Very annoying.

I think what is happening is if javascript isn’t detected the plugin will send the user to a separate page containing all the social bookmarking links and a copy of the original post, and the Googlebot in its infinite wisdom has decided to index these pages.

If you’re running the Gregarious plugin, and you’re anal about SEO and duplicate content, you may want to add a nofollow tag on line 1432 of the gregarious.php file. I added it to mine just after the title tag.

Now that I’ve fixed that does anyone know how I can get the Googlebot to go back and index the correct pages?

Update: Have a read of Ankur’s comments below. He is the author the the Gregarious plugin.

6 Comments

  • Thanks for the heads up. BTW, nice blog

  • No probs Thilak. Have you found google has indexed those pages as well?

  • Google doesn’t really penalize very much for duplicate content very much - they understand that websites often have printable, lite, etc. views (I’ve got Googlebot indexing my site’s Share This pages and I’m still PageRank 5). If you want to force Google not to index the Share This pages, then as you mentioned, it’s a simple matter of adding a noindex meta tag. (Nofollow just prevents Googlebot from following links - the pages will still be indexed).

    I wouldn’t stress about it, but the old-school style SEO definitely demands abolishing duplicate content. Once the noindex tag has been added, it’s only a matter of time before Googlebot comes around once again and finds it’s denied access to the Share This pages.

  • Thanks for clearing that up Ankur. My main concern is that google hasn’t indexed my actual posts. I don’t think its the best situation if google is returning search results with “share this” at the beginning of the title.

    I will have to implement your suggestions.

    Thanks again.
    Dan.

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