Jan 9, 2016

How To Fix Duplicate Meta Description Error in Posts & Homepage

Hi Bloggers, I think all of you doing well, Do you know what kind of meta tags used in Blogger to differentiate the Meta description of the home page from the articles of the page itself. Some days ago one of my reader share his problem with me via using our Facebook page and ask me about how to fix meta tags errors in blogger. So today we are going to share about fixing the duplicate meta description error in posts and homepage on blogger.

How To Fix Duplicate Meta Description Error in Posts & Homepage

Actually, this is a quick post on a crawling error that was causing issues for most of you. For over a year we were all scratching our heads on why Blogger is showing two meta descriptions for homepage and post pages. Webmaster tools shows duplicate meta description error for blogger homepage and individual item pages that are posts. If you view your blog's source file then you will find two meta descriptions for the same page. One below <head> tag and one just above <title> tag. This double occurrence of meta tags for description appeared when blogger introduced Search preferences last year that offered blogspot users to insert dynamic description for every post they publish. This option is present inside Blogger's Post editor as "Search Description".

So today we have written a detailed post on how to fix the duplicate content issue caused due to meta descriptions in blogger and how can you make changes inside your template to let blogger handle descriptions for index pages and item pages separately. Let me explain how to fix this issue on blogger?

Fixing the Duplicate Description Error

Step 1 Go to Blogger >> Template >> Edit HTML.

Step 2 Search for the following code by pressing CTRL+F anywhere inside code area.
<b:if cond='data:blog.metaDescription != &quot;&quot;'>
  <meta expr:content='data:blog.metaDescription' name='description'/>
Note: If you can not find this code then do not panic and skip this step and follow Step 3.

Step 3 Now replace the above code with following set of codes:
<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;index&quot;'>
      <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != &quot;item&quot; and data:blog.pageType != &quot;static_page&quot;'>
        <b:if cond='data:blog.metaDescription != &quot;&quot;'>
          <meta expr:content='data:blog.metaDescription' name='description'/>
Note: For those of you who could not find the code in Step 2, then you may simply copy the above code (in Step 3) and paste it just below <head>
  • The orange code will disable duplicate occurrences on homepage and Search/Archive pages.
  • The yellow code will disable duplicate occurrences on Post Pages and Static pages.
Step 4 Save your template and you are all done!Now visit your homepage or any post page and click CTRL + U to check its source file. You will find only one occurrence of meta description. :)

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So above guide is about How To Fix Duplicate Meta Description Error in Posts & Homepage on Blogger? Hope this improvement will further optimize your blogspot code structure and will help robots to better crawl and index your content. Please let me know if you needed any help. Share this post on social sites and give your feedback if you find some improvement in your SEO of blogger blog. Thank you.

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