Duplicate content? or not?

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  1. titanium

    titanium UKBF Regular Free Member

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    I recently changed the menu on my J2.5 site and added a further drop down menu before reaching the articles, in an effort to make them easier to find for the user; i.e. by grouping the articles into 2 subgroups. I didn't change their categories as I didn't want the URLs to change. However I now see that in my Webmaster Tools I'm being scolded for duplicate meta and in each case the article appears twice - once with a URL as before and once with the new menu item name prefixed.

    Something tells me this is not good!
    However when I ran a test page through a duplicate content checker website it didn't pick up the 2nd article.

    What is the best way to remedy this? Should I just use the Joomla redirect function? If so, this seems incredibly clunky. Is there no way to change the menu structure without changing the URLs at the same time?
     
    Posted: Jun 2, 2014 By: titanium Member since: Mar 30, 2013
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  2. Nochexman

    Nochexman UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    I'm certainly no expert, but look up "canonical links". I'm sure a real technical expert will be along in no time!
     
    Posted: Jun 3, 2014 By: Nochexman Member since: Jun 14, 2011
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  3. iDigLocal

    iDigLocal UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Yes you need to set the canonical link for the url you wish to use for the website
     
    Posted: Jul 30, 2018 By: iDigLocal Member since: May 9, 2018
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