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Old 05-22-2014, 01:50 AM
 
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Default ********* Power Filter stinging me with duplicate content on Panda 4.0 update

My site, as a whole, has been stung quite badly by Panda 4.0

I'm not sure whether it will settle or not, but I don't consider our content to be poor, but I have noticed that the Googlebot has been madly indexing a bunch of wild URL's being created when you choose options in the ********* Power filter. Literally hundreds and probably thousands of them.

So, Google has both http://www.shopnaturally.com.au/coconut-oil-palm-sugar.html and http://www.shopnaturally.com.au/coconut-oil-palm-sugar.html?xsearch_e5=Raw+Superfoods in their index. And this is just ONE example.

I have switched the filter off, but the ********* URL's still work. Does anyone have any idea how I can get them out of the Google Index or have the pages not load or redirect to the main site without doing it manually, one URL at a time?
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Old 05-22-2014, 03:58 AM
 
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Default Re: ********* Power Filter stinging me with duplicate content on Panda 4.0 update

If you use Google Webmaster Tools for this domain, then you should be able to set up a "URL parameters" parameter
i.e. Under "Crawl" -> "URL Parameters" ask Google to ignore "?xsearch_e5=" URLs

See https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1235687?hl=en

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Old 05-29-2014, 03:24 AM
 
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Default Re: ********* Power Filter stinging me with duplicate content on Panda 4.0 update

Thank you. By setting up the URL parameters, Google was looking at over 20 million of these garbage URLs. In just a couple of days, it's down to 3 million and getting a little smaller each time I check.

That third party power filter was garbage. The Qualiteam Refine Filters is absolutely AMAZING for anyone who is thinking of switching. You really should switch and set up your own URL parameters so that piece of junk 3rd party filter doesn't cost you a pile of sales like it just cost me.
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