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Old 04-12-2017, 07:05 PM
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Penalized for Linking To Cart Almost identical to Other Carts?

Am I being penalized for linking to a shopping cart that is almost identical to many other sites?

The shopping cart portion of my site is hosted on a site provided to me by my vendor. It has a url that is particular to me but hundreds of similar sites exist on the web. On my product pages I have a basic product image, description and link to the specific product page on the shopping cart site. Am I being penalized for those links? Should I add "no follow" tags? Thanks for your help!
 
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Old 04-12-2017, 07:48 PM
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I am assuming you are asking about the site in your signature, you have done a nice job on presentation.

I see potential problems:
  1. Not enough content before the repeated part about quotes and what you offer.
  2. As you noticed, linking to another site for the products that potentially many others do.

As a consumer that buys these shirts yearly,
- Confused why I am taken to a different site.
- I don't see an Add to cart button? (ok I figured that out but it wasn't that obvious)

Ideas to fix this:
  • Have the more details go to your own page on your own site. Rewrite the content in your own words if you want the product pages to rank.
  • Have the Add to cart link to the other site if you must... Why can't they include on your site?
  • Add the nofollow attribute the external links to the shirt supplier site.
  • Figure out how to reword the quote and what you offer each time.

When checking your site with the site operator I see:
Quote:
In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 129 already displayed.
If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included.
this would indicate you have a duplicate content issue.

Also, are you aware of the Fred update Google has done?
 
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Old 04-13-2017, 07:58 AM
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Thanks so much for your in-depth reply!

I'll work on the cart link issue, add content above the quotes part and do some rewording in that section. Do I need to add a lot of content above the fold? I'm concerned that will push the specific product information further down the page.

I don't know what is causing the duplicate content problem. I tried the site operator and noticed that some urls start with https while others start with www. Does that indicate a duplicate content problem?

I have the four versions of my site (https, http, with and without the www) in my Google console with the canonical preference set to www.

I uploaded a new template version of my site last March to a Windows Plesk system and although I told my host to take down the older version of my site (hosted on a older Windows system) they didn't do that for about 2 months. Could that be the problem?

I have read about the Fred update although I'm not sure how it may affect me. A lot of my content may be considered "old". I'm working on refreshing text.

Thanks again for your help!
 
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Old 04-13-2017, 06:08 PM
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If you have 4 versions of your site that is a problem. Pick one to promote and 301 redirect the other 3 to that one. INSIST on 301 redirects and nothing else. If they claim to have fixed it you can test the headers here: HTTP / HTTPS Header Check
 
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Old 04-13-2017, 06:39 PM
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After using the header check I learned that the http://sun... version of my site doesn't redirect to the https://www.sun... version like the other two versions redirect. I'll see if I can get my host to fix this. Thanks so much!
 
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Old 04-14-2017, 10:08 AM
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I called my host and they claim its a coding problem I need to fix. They had me test it in an incognito browser and it redirected then.That doesn't seem like a good test to me because when I typed in "sun" it suggested previous searches I had made so it must have access to cookies.

The problem is that the http://sun... version of my site incorrectly redirects to http://www.sun...when it should redirect to the https://www.sun... version.

I have a web.conf file on my site (a file that my host suggested I use). Does this file need to be modified so that the one version of my site will redirect correctly? This is the file:
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<configuration> <system.webServer> <rewrite> <rules> <rule name="HTTP to HTTPS redirect" stopProcessing="true"> <match url="(.*)" /> <conditions> <add input="{HTTPS}" pattern="off" ignoreCase="true" /> </conditions> <action type="Redirect" redirectType="Permanent" url="https://{HTTP_HOST}/{R:1}" /> </rule> </rules> </rewrite> </system.webServer> </configuration>
I gather that this is something that a web host should take care of?
 
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It works for me.

Clear your browser cache and your DNS cache.

http://sunem goes to https://www.sunem

http://www.sunem goes to https://www.sunem

https://sunem goes to https://www.sunem

Seems we have this issue solved.
 
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Old 04-14-2017, 11:30 AM
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What about the extra pages in the site operator query?
 
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With the 301 redirect fixed the search engines will eventually catch up and remove the old urls.

Then you will be down to pages that are too similar.

Copyscape has http://www.siteliner.com/ where you can check internal duplicate content.
 
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Thanks so much!
 
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