So, on a side note, if I have the same Article cross-referenced in different places on my website, then that is okay?
For example, if I had these URLs all pointing to the same Article, would that be okay...
I guess that I don't understand how crawling works...
I thought what Google did was go to www.debbie.com, and then follow all of the links on my Home Page, and then the links off of each corresponding page until it had "crawled" my entire website. Right?
In the page header, I have "tabs" like "Finance", "Legal", "Management", etc. So Google would crawl the corresponding links: "/finance/", "/legal/", "/management/", right?
And it would crawl links like "/finance/economy/".
But the are no links on my website like "/finance/economy/by-rating/asc/9"
If you clicked on the link "Economy" (i.e. "/finance/economy/") and were routed to the Economy subsection home page, then you would see two drop-downs where you could choose "Filter = 'Last 30 Days'" and "Sort = 'By Rating (Asc)'" and "Page = '5'", and then my script would redirect back to "/finance/economy/by-rating/asc/5, but that URL doesn't exist statically anywhere, so how could it get crawled by Google??
Also, you keep saying, "and since they contain the same content"...
I'm not sure what you mean.
Let's back up...
As it stands now, when you go to "/finance/economy/" there are 200 Article Summaries on that page. (Each is unique!)
Let's say I allow 10 Article Summaries per Page.
So now I have 1, 2, 3,... , 10 pages but each page still has entirely unique content!
And if you toggle between Sort Ascending and Sort Descending, each of those 10 pages will still have unique content!
And if you toggle between Sort by Date and Sort by Title, each of those 10 pages will still have unique content!
So why would Google complain if it indeed did index...
I would agree that maybe the default view of...
- No Filter
- Sort by Date
- Start on Page 1
...is the "true" home page of the "Economy" section, but I don't see any of those combinations as "duplicate content"... :-/
By contrast, if I had an e-commerce site with 15 products on a page, and one URL showed those 15 products sorted by color, and a second URL showed those same 15 products sorted by price, and so on, THEN you would be creating bloated indexing that serves no purpose, but that is not what I have on my website.
Am I missing something here?
BTW, SEO is very important to me, and I do want to build the best website possible. I am just not understanding what you are telling me.