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Google Indexed our variation page

BenGoddard 06-02-16

Google Indexed our variation page

Hello, we recently ran a split test for our homepage. The variation was called /index_new after the url which we didn't want indexing so we put a robotsnoindex on it but google has somehow indexed this page and affected our rankings because of duplicate content. Why has this happened?

CouchPsycho 06-02-16
 

Re: Google Indexed our variation page

How did you put the "noindex" to that page? By adding a meta-tag to the head-section via jQuery?



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Luciano 06-03-16
 

Re: Google Indexed our variation page

Where did you put the "noindex"? In the robots.txt file or in the document as a meta tag?
Anyway, for what I know it's a best practice to use the rel=canonical for this situation. Where you say that "index_new" belongs to "index", so the search engine would not consider it as a duplicate.
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