In the world of search engines, there are so many ways available through which you and your content get penalized by google and which directly impose you and your blog low traffic from Google organic search. So, sad na but from now on my blogger friends, I am giving you remedies for every SEO problem you have in your blog. Today, I am discussing about removal of duplicate Meta Descriptions error from your Blogger (BlogSpot) blog which was ruining my blog’s organic traffic for at least six months. One by one, we are going to fight all this problem of SEO with my little guidance and your hard work we can become authorities in our fields and niches such as Pete Cashmore in Social Media, Matt Cutts in SEO and many more.
Now, let’s discuss something about our topic because many of you are coming for matter here. So, first we discuss about what is Duplicate Meta Description error and by what way it comes in my Blog and creates a SEO problem? So, let’s begin.
What is Duplicate Meta Description error and how can I know that my blog is having such type of problem?
Duplicate Meta Description is a Page error created when there are pages created with same Meta description. It is happened due to three reasons- first that you have manually added meta description in the head section of your template and second one is every search and archive pages of your blog are having same meta descriptions and the third one is not giving any meta description for your previous or newly created articles and by default, Google Bot fetches the same meta description prescribed for your Blog homepage. Below, I am giving a demonstration of these three problems with images:
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First Case: Meta description added manually by webmaster in blogger template.
Second Case: Same Meta descriptions of your archive and search pages.
Third Case: No addition of different Meta description in your blogger article workspace.
Note: I know that in some of your blogger workspace, the above block as shown in the image is not coming. To activate this feature in your blogger workspace, follow the given steps below.
Step 1: Open your blogger dashboard, then go to “setting” and choose “Search Preferences”.
Step 2: After that, a web page appears on your screen as shown in the image below. Add your blogger homepage Meta description in the encircled box.
Step 3: After completion of Step 2, go to your blogger article workspace and now you can see the block of search description in your blogger article workspace.
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Now, let’s move to know that how can we know that this type of error is surviving in your blog?
For that, follow these steps as given below…
Step 1: Open your google webmaster tool in which you have submitted your Blogger blog homepage URL. To open the homepage of Google Webmaster tool (Click on the link)
Step 2: Then, sign in it through your Gmail account.
Step 3: After that, a webpage appears on your screen as shown in the image below, choose your desired blog in the dashboard of your Google Webmaster tool.
Step 4: Now, click on the “search preferences” option which is on the left hand side of your Google Webmaster Tool Dashboard and in the sub section part of “Search Preferences” choose “Html improvements”.
Step 5: After that, a webpage appears on your screen with duplicate Meta description errors (for reference, you can see the image) but if you find it empty, then you do not have such type of problem in your blog.
So, by following above steps you can find all your duplicate Meta description errors present in your blog. Now, let’s move to the rectification part of this problem.
How to remove Duplicate Meta description from your Blogger (BlogSpot) blog?
As I discussed three cases above in the article. Now, I am giving the solutions of all three cases I mentioned above.
For First Case:
It is easy to remove manually added Meta description present in your blogger template, just go to your blogger template and remove your Meta description tag and to add your homepage description, follow the “Note” section of the article I mentioned above.
For second Case:
In this case, there are two phases present which are- first removing the existing archive pages and search pages URL from google SERPS and the other one is adding a robot.txt file. So, bots never read those pages and index them again in Google SERPs.
So let’s begin our first phase of removing URLs of archive and search pages from Google SERPs. For that, follow the given steps below.
Step 1: First, find all URLs of archives and search pages through “HTML improvement” section from Google webmaster tool.
Step 2: Now, go to your Blogger’s blog Webmaster Dashboard and choose “Google Index” option which is on the left hand side of Google Webmaster Tool webpage. In this section, click on “Remove URLS”.
Step 3: After that, a webpage appears on your screen as shown in the image below.
Step 4: Fetch a URL from the “HTML improvement” page such as “/2012_08_01_archive.html” and create a new removal request in the “removing URL section” of Webmaster tool.
Step 5: Now, write above URL in this format- “http://www.example.com/2012_08_01_archive.html and press “Continue” button as shown in the image below.
Step 6: After that, a webpage appears on your screen as shown in the image below. In this web page, press “Submit Request” button without having any hesitation.
Step 7: Repeat the same procedure for other archive page’s URLs and search page’s URLs.
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Now, let’s move to the second phase of adding “robot.txt” file in your Blogger (BlogSpot) blog. For that, follow the given steps I mentioned below.
Step 1: First, open your Blogger blog Dashboard in your browser, then go to “settings” and in the sub section part of “settings”, press “Search preferences” option.
Step 2: A webpage appears on your screen as shown in the image below.
Step 3: Open “Custom robot.txt file” box and copy & paste the given code in your Custom robot.txt file.
(** For Blogger Sitemap, Read this article: How to add Blogger Sitemap in your Google Webmaster Tool?)
Step 4: After that, open “Custom robots header tags” section and unmark all those squares as shown in the image below.
Step 5: Save it and forget your duplicate Meta description problem from your blogger blog.
For Third Case:
For this case, just add different Meta description in which you forgot to add search description and to find those articles in your blog, use “HTML improvement” section of Google Webmaster tool.
That’s all my friend. Thanks for reading my article on “how to remove Duplicate Meta description errors from your blogger blog?” and I wish you all the best for your future survival in the blogosphere.
And one more thing, if you get any problem in understanding my article or any doubt related to duplicate Meta description errors, you can ask me here by commenting below…