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Joomla tags duplicate content SEF solution

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Joomla tags with some templates may cause duplicate content, which we all know is a problem for Google and other search engines.  Here is an example.

The tags which show up with Artisteer templates under a content item generate an sef like this.


The sef generated by the Joomla tag menu link generates a link like this.


This  is core router issue which we didn't have time to resolve at this writing.  However, the quick fix is to use a .htaccess rule.  Here it is.

RedirectMatch 301 ^/component/tags/tag/(.*)$ /tags/$1

What this does is look for urls with /component/tags/tag/ and rewrites it as /tags/.

This will resolve the duplicate content issue.

*To help Google find your TAGS, be sure to add a menu link somewhere, and be sure to install this TAG extension for xmap.


*A related issue is the menu tag items do not have unique titles. We are looking into that as well.

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