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    Large Number of low PR pages v's fewer pages with higher PR

    I have a site I created ages ago that I am looking at revamping. There is a section where articles are pulled from a database but can relate to more than one category. They way I set the URL's up means that there are a lot of (same content) pages with different URL's.

    NB this wasn't mean as search engine spamming, more of a logical way of presenting the articles.

    The articles are accessable in the format:

    article/1

    and also:
    article/categoryA/1
    article/categoryB/1
    article/categoryC/1
    etc.

    This means I have a good number of pages indexed, but all with lowish page rank. (I am concious now that there is a risk of a duplicate content penalty.)

    Is it better to change the urls so that I only have the article/1 format thus cutting quite considerably the number of pages indexed but hopefully increasing each pages PR (as it will be linked from each of the category pages or should I just leave the structure alone?

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    Yes, combine them under 1 URL.
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    I do have several sites with the same structure (one article visible under many categories) and I keep it that way in order to offer better navigation for my users. I don't think Google or any other search engine will penalize me for something like this.



    Peter

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    i wouldn't think so, so long as it isn't blatant.

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    Its not so much about a penalty as it is about getting the most out of your content.

    You can still list articles in multiple categories, just make sure each article has a unique URL (this site is setup like that).
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