Fix Duplicate Meta Description Error in Posts and Homepage


Duplicate meta descriptionsThis 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".

How to fix duplicate Description error?

Last year we shared the code that will install dynamic search description option even in custom templates. If you are using that code then its extremely easy to fix the error. If in case you have not yet added that code or you use Blogger Template's styles then you may simply add the code I will share in today's tutorial.

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Go To Blogger > Template
  2. Backup your template
  3. Click Edit HTML
  4. Search for the following code:

<b:if cond='data:blog.metaDescription != &quot;&quot;'>
  <meta expr:content='data:blog.metaDescription' name='description'/>
</b:if>

  Note: If you can not find this code then do not panic and skip this step and follow step#5.

    5.  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'/>
        </b:if>
     </b:if>
    </b:if>

Note: For those of you who could not find the code in step#4, then you may simply copy the above code (in step#5) and paste it just below <head>

  • The purple code will disable duplicate occurrences on homepage and Search/Archive pages
  • The green code will disable duplicate occurrences on Post Pages and Static pages
       6.  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. :)  

Need help?

I 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. A great surprise is coming for those who live in our city. We are coming in public again with several new business strategies and ideas. Would love to see you guys this time. Peace and blessings buddies :)

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  1. Great Tutorial Muhammad Bro... :)

    Zeshan
    ZAKeTeck

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  2. Mustafa Bhai

    1: you also using the dynamic meta description ?...

    2: we see the description on each of your blog post in view source file... have you inserted this manually or it is created automatically from the contents inside your post because your each post description also available same in the post contents.

    how to implement this tell me i also want this on my blog like your.


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  3. Great And Gud Article and have it mind your idea www.mybloggerstricks.com

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  4. Nice trick bro,
    When I checked Google Webmaster's recently, then I found this error for my blog too !
    Thanks for helping [ As Always :-D ] !!

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  5. hoho.. nice sharing here brother..

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  6. nice inponya gan..sangat bermamfaat http://alfijadul.blogspot.com

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  7. I my wordpress blog www.sofwarengineers.org i am using two seo plugin yoast and all in one pack and i put keywords in both field while writing posts is it harmful for SEO

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  8. Again a great trick By Muhammad. But I have a question, i have a blog i.e. prat-infocom.blogspot.com

    I never applied for adsense on this blog, when i applied adsense for the blog by blogger the message shows "Your account not approved for the adsense"

    But when i applied through signup method there shows "Applied from your blogger blog."

    Please help

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  9. @Rajkumar Gupta
    yoast is good SEO plugin but needs care too while optimizing your post. If not used properly or overdone SEO may waste your SEO efforts.

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  10. This is the post what am i waiting for over 2 months and recently i leave a comment on recipes but answer is not resolve my blogger.Now i'm waiting to check this one may resolve duplicate meta descriptions problem.Thank you

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  11. Finally solve my problem,about duplicating meta description thanks for giving this tips..

    Regards:
    Latest Seo Tips

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  12. Very interesting!
    Its good, i also faced this type of problem. I apply this code on my website and everything will be ok. I think that now meta description for each page will be chosen by the search engine.

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  13. Thanks a lot bro....for this nice article...really helped me a lot, But I m getting trouble in Adding Keywords in my Template, my blog is www.downloadjunction.org , Please check the template and let me now how can i add Keywords in it,

    Thanks In advance :)

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  14. Terima kasih kawan telah memberikan tutorial yang bermanfaat,selama ini saya mempunyai 48 duplicate meta Description terutama pada keterangan (archive.html?m=1)dan saya tidak mengerti cara memperbaikinya.Apakah dengan cara seperti arahan anda masalah ini akan dapat diatasi?

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  15. Salam Bro
    Mene Apke Source File Mein Dekha Hai Lekin us MEin Apki Kisi Post ki Descreption Show Nai Ho Rahi

    Name : Bilal Hassan
    Website : www.muhammadfarhad.net

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  16. A little techie post but one can understand it easily because of its easy to understand way of explanation. It's been longstanding problem of every second blogger to avoid duplicate meta description which I think will now be solved with the help of this post.
    Top 10 ebook ideas

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  17. thanks a lot for this post.very helpful for my blog genuinecontent.blogspot.com

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  18. mohammad,
    don't u thinkn ur site gets too many spam comments?? ;)

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  19. thankx i fcd this prbl many times

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  20. assalamu alaykum
    great thanks
    always because this is my school and i learn everyday here.shayri ki duniya

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  21. @Mehul Mohan
    dear brother
    koi baat nahi janab
    agar spam comment atey hey to ye samjo ke wo koi na koi bahane se mulaqat lene atey hey
    because this blog great school..:P

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  22. Bro Plzz TELL ME Why doesnot show html codes in post after publish a post??like agr koii tip and trick ke post create krooo to.

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  23. bro how to improve my blog please review
    My blog

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  24. My blog doesnt has following lines:

    <b:if cond='data:blog.metaDescription != &quot;&quot;'>
    <meta expr:content='data:blog.metaDescription' name='description'/>
    </b:if>

    So what i can do

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  26. @Sumit Kumar Gogawat
    if you use the MBT salauddin ayyubi's template its SEo freindly template i like very much

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  27. nice post..i often find duplicate meta description on webmaster tool. But, i cant to fix them. After read it, i wish my blog get fix soon. What about duplicate content..? How will we can fix them?

    Overall, article above help me. Thanks bro..keep post.

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  28. nice post..i often find duplicate meta description on webmaster tool. But, i cant to fix them. After read it, i wish my blog get fix soon. What about duplicate content..? How will we can fix them?

    Overall, article above help me. Thanks bro..keep post.

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  29. nice to hear that problem has solved.... bro I have a question .. can you me the when someone search my post in google search, its show and highlight the that keyword only..

    like if some seatch HTET 2013 will show in search HTET 2013 only while I posted my article with title "HTET 2013 Online Application Notification".

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  30. Thnk for the tutorial. I really need this to fix duplicate meta discription in my blog http://homestaykesidang.blogspot.com

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  31. Hi there !

    I am getting another problem regarding Duplicate meta description and Title Tags.

    What actually wrong is that in my webmaster tools, the html improvements menu shows up many URL's with duplicate Meta description and Title tags. When I checked the URL's, they were of the same post but one was mobile version of that site ( with ending html?m=1) and other the desktop site ( with .html or html?m=0 ending).

    I am using blogger platform, and I am very much worried about my search results and rankings. I would be very happy if somebody can help me out regarding this issue.

    Thanks in advance.

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  32. It was really helpful. I was able to fix this problem. Keep on posting about Blogger, I will always read this blog. And thanks for helping me developing my Technology Blog

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  33. Thanks for the information and tutorial. It was really helpful.

    Adib Site

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  34. @Dennis Veney
    I've the same problem with 38 meta duplicate description errors under Google WMT. Can anybody help us to remove these errors ???

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  35. actually i did not know that duplicate meta descriptions may also create a negative seo impact in the eyes of google.but now as i know through you try to get rid over of it.5 Type of Recent Post Widget For Blogger

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  36. Bro, I tried this Tip, but Webmaster Tools is Showing same error of Duplicate Meta description..??
    Help Me Please..
    http://mydatavalley.blogspot.com

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  37. nice information

    udaspoet.blogspot.com
    futurelearning4u.blogspot.com

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  38. hello Mohammad we have face error uploading your MBT salauddin ayyubi template. what can i do. please tell me..

    it show given error.....


    We were unable to save your template.
    Your template could not be parsed as it is not well-formed. Please make sure all XML elements are closed properly. XML error message:
    (SyntaxError) stack: SyntaxError: Unexpected token < at cCc (http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8796365492259207592#pageelements:167:28) at Object.Qkc [as Uj] (http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8796365492259207592#template:410:8413) at Object.VJe [as hi] (http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8796365492259207592#pageelements:1031:48610) at mDd (0.js:2357:190) at cDd (0.js:2169:60) at _B (0.js:811:26) at Object.RJe [as Vc] (http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=8796365492259207592#pageelements:1031:48522) at qid (0.js:2155:104) at hid (0.js:1794:61) at Object.uid [as nk] (0.js:2501:25901) at oid (0.js:467:26) at Jhd (0.js:1098:30) at Nhd (0.js:2182:60) at eval (0.js:1749:46) at eval (0.js:1750:54) at eval (0.js:1740:54): Unexpected token <

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  39. I've put three days ago, but still there .. how long it takes the error is gone? thank you

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  40. What about duplicate title tags in webmaster tools how can I solve it? Thanks in advance..

    all of my duplicate title tags are with ?m=0
    and with archive.html

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  41. Its time to share my result about duplicate meta description.I immediately apply this fix in my webmasters account and there is no change in the problem about 3 weeks and now all duplicates are removed.Thanks to mybloggertricks

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  42. Hello Dear Bro can you please send me your old style full template my email address is: austanfaryad.sahotra@gmail.com

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  43. After my friend's suggestion about duplicate meta description fix i directly came to this blog and apply this code on my blog template.I will come back after seen changes.

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  44. Hurrah all duplicate meta descriptions in my blog are disappeared after applying this trick.Thanks to mybloggertricks.
    Alltechmanuals

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  46. sir please help me ,am a blogger and i have a blog with 6000+ daily page views and 2500+ daily visitors....on 16 th may 2013 my google webmaster tools updated ..and it shown in below image that i upload...in html improvements ,about 711 duplicate meta descriptions are formed in the update ..but i always use search description on my postingwould you please help me to recover this issue...it also affect my earning also...i dont have a high html knowledge am only average

    image of my webmaster tool and analytics in 16 may 2013 http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-4nEbh02M0C4/UZY6xukr_zI/AAAAAAAAC2k/se6_oxHnN6c/s1600/please+help+me.png

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  47. hey rahul you need to copy the code mentioned above in 5th step and paste it in below head tag and save the template.That's it you done great job.Wait for few days to see changes and it definitely works on your blog.I'm sure that.

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  48. I have been blogging for year now

    I checked my site with Google Webmaster Tools and I see I have some problems.

    It tells me I have Duplicate Title Tags when I look in the Optimization portion > HTML Improvements.

    Here are just some of the duplicate title tags:

    Blog Archives

    /1/archives/07-2012/1.html
    /1/archives/10-2012/1.html
    /1/archives/10-2012/2.html
    /1/archives/10-2012/3.html
    /1/archives/12-2012/1.html

    What am I doing wrong? If it’s a problem with categories, then how do I resolve the problem of the blogs being tagged to the same category of “all”? I researched all day and I have yet to find an answer to the above problem.

    I hope you can help me. and when i add your code no any thing happen

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  49. Thank you very much for such a important & helpful information. I follow your suggestion and its working! Thanks again
    http://lifeuwater.blogspot.com

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  50. i will try it, cause i'm so confused about this error

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  51. I have similar errors. :( I tried this. And hope this resolves it. Will check back after 3 days. Oh I also have problem on duplicate title tags. Please help also. Thanks!

    www.chicsassymom.com

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  52. thanks for your post. i applied this on my blog http://www.tobestressfree.com/ i really hope this will help. i will be back with the good news if this will resolve my problem. thanks again.

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  53. I placed it some months ago. Didn't do anything. I can still see the same warning on HTML improvement page.

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  54. Dear Mustafa i need your help please tell me how i can improve my blog what kind of changes it need in your views because i m newbie but your help can do a lot for me.Thanks my blog is Clothing9. Waiting for your kind response.Best Regards

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  55. my pronblem is not solved yet ! what should i do ?

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  56. Thanks, it took care of the problem..http://www.seasidepostonline.com/

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  57. tnx for this, i will try this my blog http://odeskskillstest.blogspot.com/

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  58. Is it necessary to enable Search preference > meta tags description from settings in Blogger?

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  59. one question please...
    i did not find first code so i have to put after head
    now we don't have to give description in given code by you?

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  60. Hi Mustafa,

    I am newbie working on blogspot from 1 year but could not get more traffic, use many keywords change my blog keywords are bridal dresses, anarkali dresses , anarkali suits , abaya designs but could not get traffic. what should I do alexa is very high.

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  61. This solution is the only one that works for me
    Thanks

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  62. Hi Mohammed,

    I am facing the below error in my blog. pls help me how to fix it. The error details are given below:

    Duplicate title
    The page title "My Tech Info" is the same as on 57 other pages of the website. You should use unique titles for your different pages. This makes sure that the pages are described uniquely and do not compete with each other for keyword relevance.

    Other pages that use this title:
    ◾http://www.mytech-info.com/
    ◾http://www.mytech-info.com/feeds/1040195493057833874/comments/default
    ◾http://www.mytech-info.com/feeds/1109065466910298209/comments/default
    ◾http://www.mytech-info.com/feeds/1144321843585764763/comments/default
    ◾http://www.mytech-info.com/feeds/1175891209789652020/comments/default

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  63. Dear Mr.Mohammad,

    Please help me how to fix the below error. I know very well definitely you can fix this error. Kindly spare your valuable time help me to solve: This error shown in seo-profiler audit result.

    Duplicate title
    The page title "My Tech Info" is the same as on 57 other pages of the website. You should use unique titles for your different pages. This makes sure that the pages are described uniquely and do not compete with each other for keyword relevance.

    Other pages that use this title:
    ◾http://www.mytech-info.com/
    ◾http://www.mytech-info.com/feeds/1040195493057833874/comments/default
    ◾http://www.mytech-info.com/feeds/1109065466910298209/comments/default
    ◾http://www.mytech-info.com/feeds/1144321843585764763/comments/default
    ◾http://www.mytech-info.com/feeds/1175891209789652020/comments/default

    I am very much awaiting for your reply.

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    1. Hi CS V,

      The links that appear as duplicate for several parameters like title and description is common with all blogger powered blogs. Some SEO tools even scan rss and atom feeds which contain archives of your blog. So obviously every post that you publish will also appear in your feed.

      The links above that you shared are comment feeds and they would obviously contain the same title repeating itself till the comment count. In short relax, no SEO downfall here for your site! :)


      Don't try 3rd party SEO tools for troubleshooting your SEO, just rely on Google webmaster tools because it is the best tool available for free.

      I have checked your site title tags and everything look normal, its that 3rd part SEO tool that you used which frightened you. :)

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  64. Bro how about in categories it is still showing duplicate

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  65. I've done all of the steps but still having the same problems with blogid, postid, author - does it take a long time to update?

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  66. very help full for me, thanks before :)

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    1. thanks for this. I have a question. DO a canonical tag can fix duplcaite issues in webamster tools?

      I treid to add canonical tag to my website http://www.thebitesizeconcepts.com/ just awaiting for any effects. Thanks for this!

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  67. anyoen cna asnwer my question? thanks please!

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  68. Please answer my question! my posts are getting duplicates in meta description even if tehre is only 1 description. this is the website and all my posts or blogs are getting such error. please help me

    http://www.thebitesizeconcepts.com/

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  69. Thank you! Have a nice weekend!

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