WordPress is an easy platform to use when creating a website or for blogging purposes because it is free and flexible with many extensions that can make your page very appealing and that is why so many ecommerce businesses and startup companies create their websites using WordPress. For a starter, it is quite scary when you’re about to create or use WordPress especially if you’re not a tech savvy person but it is not hard, you just need to follow the steps but if you are still shaky then you can hire a good developer in any web development company to assist you in the WordPress development process.

Like everything with advantages, there are also disadvantages and duplicate content issue (duplicate content is any text on your website that either completely matches, or is similar to, content elsewhere on your website.) is one of the cons in WordPress which we will dwell on in this article but don’t be scared, there are ways to fix it and WordPress is still a great tool to build a website.

Here are 5 common WordPress duplicate content issues and how to fix them.

Display the full text once and only once

Full text of a blog post should only be displayed on the actual page of the blog post itself, the reason for this is that when it appears everywhere on the site, it gets duplicated which is what you’re trying to avoid. Use excerpts to update your theme files or find a plug-in to do it for you or just put the name of the post and a link to enable users view the full post.


Category helps you group pages that have similar topic or theme and with a tab, it shows pages with similar post. To make users find a category useful, you need to approach it differently by adding a Meta robot and create unique titles and copy for the category to introduce it.

Competing topics

After categories give you similar posts, you need to check for competing topics. For instance if your blog is about “How to manage natural hair”, you will have similar contents relating to what you should apply on your natural hair so you need to modify topics like “Leave-on conditioner: The best way to use it” to give it that sub- division from others.

Attachment Image URL

When you use any image on WordPress, it adds images as attachment URLs and when reader’s click on it, it will take them to the original place the image was gotten and this duplicates content. To fix this issue, you can use Permalink setting of Yoast SEO plug-in to end your URL with the post name.

Miscellaneous issue

In this digital age, anything can come up, you may think you have a good head in what you’re doing and something comes up so always be prepared for those issues that come out from nowhere. Miscellaneous issues can come from duplicate contents when transferring information’s from WordPad, PDF or word so use RSS feed that posts content pages rather than snippets.

Author’s bio:

Junaid Ali Qureshi is a digital marketing specialist who has helped several businesses gain traffic, outperform competition and generate profitable leads. His current ventures include Progostech, Magentodevelopers.online.eLabelz, Smart Leads.ae, Progos Tech and eCig.