WordPress Democracy Plugin Warning

Regular Problogger reader, Darren McLaughlin reports that the WP Poll plugin by the name of Democracy has some SEO problem with it as it creates multiple pages with the same content – something Google doesn’t like (it considers it to be duplicate content).

Read Darren’s post at WordPress Democracy Plugin: Warning! SEO Nightmare

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  1. Google definitely objects to duplicate content. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Nancy says:

    Thank you — I’ve been using Democracy for a few months now (and really liking it), but I had no idea about any SEO issues.

  3. Adnan says:

    Thanks for letting us know about the article Darren.
    Now Im just worried and want to know how much this will affect my SEO!! Good news also that the Democracy guys are making an update to the plugin which will be released in a few days.

  4. Joe Banner says:

    What can I do to get Google and the other SE’s to correct this?

  5. Nick says:

    I was informed by a fellow blogger to include the following in your robots.txt “Disallow: /?” ,but I think if you have dynamic pages and you don’t use permalinks, then you may not want to use this method. as all your dynamic pages may not be indexed.

    I use permalinks on my wordpress site, so i used this method. apparently, the democracy plugin was adding the following extension to your url “?jal_no_js=true&poll_id=2” , but the content was the same. Thank goodness my new blog is very new and I was able to catch it..

    So, a fellow blogger suggested to use “Dissalow: /?” on your robots.txt

    It worked for him.


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