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Managing Similar Category Pages with Different URLs

Identifying and Resolving Duplicate Category Pages in Shopify and WooCommerce

Duplicate or very similar category pages targeting the same intent but having different URLs can confuse search engines and dilute your SEO efforts. Here’s how to identify and resolve these issues on Shopify and WooCommerce.

Identifying Duplicate Category Pages

To identify duplicate category pages, you can use tools like Google Search Console, Screaming Frog, or SEMrush. Look for pages with similar content and titles but different URLs.

On Shopify

1. Go to your Shopify admin panel.

2. Navigate to Online Store > Navigation.

3. Check your collections and menus for duplicate or similar categories.

4. Use a tool like Screaming Frog to crawl your site and identify duplicate content.

On WooCommerce

1. Go to your WordPress admin panel.

2. Navigate to Products > Categories.

3. Check for duplicate or similar categories.

4. Use a plugin like Yoast SEO to identify and manage duplicate content.

Resolving Duplicate Category Pages

On Shopify

1. Merge duplicate categories by editing the collections.

2. Use 301 redirects to point old URLs to the new, consolidated category page. Go to Online Store > Navigation > URL Redirects to set up redirects.

3. Update your sitemap to reflect the changes.

On WooCommerce

1. Merge duplicate categories by editing the category settings.

2. Use a plugin like Redirection to set up 301 redirects from old URLs to the new, consolidated category page.

3. Update your sitemap using a plugin like Yoast SEO to reflect the changes.

Best Practices

1. Regularly audit your site for duplicate content.

2. Use canonical tags to indicate the preferred version of a page.

3. Ensure your internal linking structure supports the consolidated category pages.

By following these steps, you can ensure that your eCommerce site is optimized for search engines and provides a better user experience.