Comment on Duplicate Yoast SEO Open Graph Meta Tags by SEO Gold Services.
Easiest way to get rid of the Google duplicate meta description tags warnings is not use the meta description tags :-) They have no SEO ranking value, as mentioned in another comment they are used as ad copy by Google. Do this Google search:
Do your descriptions make you want to click your links?
Motorhomes campervans for sale we are happy to help you if we can to find that dream motorhome or campervan.
Blog yes well to get our messages over to you the motorhomes and campervans blog page is fill of topical information.
Spinney Motorhomes Dealers are long established motorhome campervan and caravan dealership selling new motorhomes including …
They don’t make me want to click the links, not very good ads.
Personally I’d disable the meta description tags and let Google choose the descriptions based on the search. All your warnings will go away, will look like this then (I don’t set meta descriptions, Google chooses the best snippet from the content for the search descriptions):
Quite happy with that, just two pages with the same title tags out of over 3,000 pages indexed. Considering most of the indexed pages are from comments: see Stallion SEO Super Comments feature, that’s really good.
The Google duplicate meta description tags warnings means you have webpages which have identical meta descriptions, so two or more separate articles with the same description tags. If you use meta descriptions they should all be unique, the way to fix them is edit all the webpages that are duplicate and set unique descriptions.
Sometimes you can have duplicates meta descriptions and title tags because of functionality on a site. Some posts on this site are heavily commented so I have the pages broken (you’d have seen on the Tech Support post, 10 pages of comments). If all ten paged comments pages were indexed in Google AND they had identical title tags and meta descriptions it would result in the warnings.
I have a set of SEO features that partially deal with this.
For example the WordPress SEO Theme post has comments spread over 10 pages, their title tags are different:
# https://stallion-theme.co.uk/stallion-wordpress-seo-theme/ – WordPress SEO Theme
# https://stallion-theme.co.uk/stallion-wordpress-seo-theme/comment-page-1/ – WP SEO Theme
# https://stallion-theme.co.uk/stallion-wordpress-seo-theme/comment-page-2/ – SEO WordPress Themes
# https://stallion-theme.co.uk/stallion-wordpress-seo-theme/comment-page-3/ – SEO Theme for WordPress
# https://stallion-theme.co.uk/stallion-wordpress-seo-theme/comment-page-4/ – SEO for WordPress Themes
# https://stallion-theme.co.uk/stallion-wordpress-seo-theme/comment-page-5/ – Stallion SEO Theme
# https://stallion-theme.co.uk/stallion-wordpress-seo-theme/comment-page-6/ – WordPress SEO Theme
# https://stallion-theme.co.uk/stallion-wordpress-seo-theme/comment-page-7/ – WP SEO Theme
# https://stallion-theme.co.uk/stallion-wordpress-seo-theme/comment-page-8/ – SEO WordPress Themes
# https://stallion-theme.co.uk/stallion-wordpress-seo-theme/comment-page-9/ – SEO Theme for WordPress
# https://stallion-theme.co.uk/stallion-wordpress-seo-theme/comment-page-10/ – SEO for WordPress Themes
# https://stallion-theme.co.uk/stallion-wordpress-seo-theme/comment-page-11/ – Stallion SEO Theme
You can see with this Google search:
They are indexed as are about 100 comments. This site has about 250 articles and thousands of comments, most of the Google indexed pages on this site are user comments. You’ll note I comment a lot, this comment will be indexed and possibly rank for SERPs related to “Google Duplicate Meta Description Tags Warnings”.
No duplicates listed in Google Webmasters Tools: there should be a small number because pages 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 have duplicate title tags.