Dumb SEO Questions

(Entry was posted by JL Faverio on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, April 25, 2019).

Fixing weird URLs

What could cause this and what would you rec to fix it?

I see a page (example: https://example.com/example-page/) also shows up with the following URLs https://example.com/example-page/page/2/?s and https://example.com/example-page/page/3/?s

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Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • E Dieter Martin: That`s most likely your CMS who`s generating those URLs. Make sure you have a proper canonical tag for your primary page. Wordpress does this often, but if I am not mistaken, the SEO plugins there are able to even set those additional pages to "noindex".
  • Michael Martinez: The "?s" fragment is used to indicate a search results sequence in some CMS`s. In WordPress that would result in a page description looking like this: "some number SEARCH RESULTS FOR ``"
  • Michael Stricker: Some search plug-ins, add-ons or embedded on-site search apps may do the same, or an over-zealous CMS that insistently resolves any URL to a 200 status, even if it must gin up a new page to land on. Noindex them as they’re written. In the past I’d have said use URL Handling in GSC to advise Google they are dupes.

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, April 25, 2019).

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