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Old 05-12-2013, 03:39 PM
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Old Duplicate Files Incurring Penalty?

I'm updating my older websites that are basically static html pages with newer Up-to-date code and styling. During this process I've been creating a new duplicate file ie 'file_2.php' in the same directory as the active 'file.php'. When I'm finished updating I rename file.php to file_old.php to keep it handy if I need the old file to be active again in a hurry, and then I rename file_2.php to file.php to take its rightful place as the new and improved web page.

Now my issue is that I have been leaving that 'file_old.php' in the same directory that has virtual identical content to the new file. I'm wondering if I could get some sort of duplicate content issue when a bot comes along and finds those 2 identical files, though the old one is not linked up anywhere?

Should I delete those old files right away, or should I not worry about it?
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Old 05-12-2013, 04:51 PM
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Can you block those pages from getting indexed? You never know what the search engine bot's will index when they crawl your website. I do this when i'm working on my blog themes template files. When I made all corrections I rename the file (so the changes is active) and if no error's, I remove the oldl file or save it to a folder on my desktop just in case I need to revert back to the original.

I do not keep the fileold.php in my directory.

Both files have the same content then Google might see it as duplicate content. This just my opinion.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:58 PM
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here are steps for you ..

you can keep same files on ftp .. doesnt mind ..

either ignore same via robots.txt

or you can use google webmaster url removal tool to remove url ..
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:11 AM
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The bots should never find those old files as long as you never link to them. But mistakes are often made.

I would personally back them up somewhere else and clear them out the website. Old files on a website can cause a lot of confusion, especially if the person who did it has moved on.

Or you could move them all into a folder and block internet access to the folder. I think you can block via the .htaccess file and a command like this:

RedirectMatch 403 ^.*/old-website/.*$
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