What are duplicate meta descriptions
While duplicate meta descriptions won't get you penalized by Google, they can still hurt your SEO in a few ways.
For one, having duplicate Meta descriptions tells Google that your site is not well-optimized. Additionally, duplicate Meta descriptions can confuse users and make them less likely to click through to your site. Finally, duplicate Meta descriptions can waste valuable real estate on your SERP, preventing you from featuring unique and compelling content that could attract clicks.
Fortunately, duplicate Meta descriptions are easy to fix
- In most cases, all you need to do is update your CMS or site template to generate unique Meta descriptions for each page
- If you're using a static site generator, you can usually do this with a simple plugin or setting
Updating your CMS or site template is an easy way to fix duplicate Meta descriptions, and it's a change that can have a positive impact on your SEO. Be sure to resubmit your sitemap to Google after making the change, so that they can re-index your pages and take your duplicate Meta descriptions into account.
How to identify if you have duplicate meta descriptions
If you're not sure whether or not you have duplicate meta descriptions on your site, there are a few ways to check. The easiest way is to do a site search on Google.
Just type "site: yourdomain.com" into the search bar, and Google will return a list of all the pages on your site that it has indexed. If you see more than one page with the same meta description, you have duplicate meta descriptions on your site.
Another way is to use our tool that will crawl your site and return a list of all the pages it finds, along with their Meta descriptions. You can then quickly go through the results to see if any pages have duplicate Meta descriptions.
How duplicate meta descriptions happen
There are a few different ways that duplicate meta descriptions can happen:
- If you have a lot of similar pages, such as product pages with the same product description, your CMS may default to using the same meta description for all of those pages
- If you have a lot of duplicate content on your site, such as duplicate blog posts, your CMS may also default to using the same meta description
- If you're not using a CMS or if you're using a static site generator, your site template may be generating the same Meta description
Duplicate meta descriptions can be a problem for your website’s SEO, even though they are not an official Google ranking factor. Thankfully, there are ways to identify and fix them. Use our duplicate meta description checker tool to find out how many of your pages have duplicate meta descriptions and then edit each meta description to make them unique. This small change will help improve your website’s visibility in search engine results pages and may lead to more traffic and conversions.?