SEO : Fix the ReplyToCom Spam Bot Issue and Prevent Content Duplication

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After we moved to Thesis, I reduced my visits to Google Webmaster Tools because I knew Thesis theme would do the job of SEO for me. But to my surprise, when I checked in today I found that there was a moderate duplication problem. It listed around 286 Duplicate meta-tags under the ‘HTML Suggestions’ section. Then I performed a Google search for,

site: www.dailyblogging.org “ReplyToCom”

With that search everything became crystal clear by itself. But it wasn’t a great deal of worry for me, because ReplyToCom Spam Bot is just a parameter. Two years ago Big Daddy ‘G’ had added a section under the Settings page of GWT called ‘Parameter Handling’. With this feature you can prevent content duplication by just forcing Google to Ignore the parameter while indexing the pages of your blog. There are two more methods with which you can fix the ReplyToCom Spam Bot Issue.

#1 Configure the Parameter Handling Section in GWT

parameter handling

Ignore the Parameter 'ReplyToCom' in GWT

  • Open your Google Webmaster Tools Dashboard.
  • Expand the ‘Site Configuration’ menu on the left hand side of the Dashboard.
  • Click on the Settings option & go to the ‘Parameter Handling’ Tab.
  • Under that you’ll notice a the ‘replytocom’ parameter (Refer the above Image).
  • In the Actions column you’ll find a dropdown selector.
  • Select ‘Ignore’ option & hit the save button.

From now on Google will be forced to Ignore the parameter ‘ReplyToCom’ & you’ll be free from Duplication issues.

#2 Use the ReplyToCom Redirector Plugin

For Non-Techies, there is a ready made plugin available at the WordPress directory for fixing this issue. The Advantage of ReplyToCom plugins is that, you won’t require to configure it. Once installed it’ll start it’s work. It will redirect the url (with parameter ReplyToCom) to the original url (i.e. the url of the post). Click on the hyperlink at the end of this para to Download this plugin. [LINK]

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I hope with these solutions you can easily solve the the ReplyToCom Spam Bot problem & thereby prevent meta-tag as well as content duplication.

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  1. Great info Mani. Thanks

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    thanks a lot for the tutorials mate :) it helps a lot of people

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    I had this problem previously, Then I dont remember what I did but it got fixed! :O . Attracta showed me these problems first!
    Thanks for clarifying what this problem is! :)

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    mine was set to “let google decide”

    Sourish

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    I had experienced this problem. Just fixed it a couple of days back. thanks for the tutorial. would be useful to many.

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    Nice tips. Thanks for sharing mate. I have not ever thought about this problem!

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    I made the above change.. Let’s see the problem goes off

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      *whether the problem goes off or not

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    Thanks for the information. I already have Replytcom Redirector on my WP blog, but it apparently is not working because it has not been tested on the latest version on WP. So I went to Google Webmaster. Mine was set to “Let Google Decide”. I use Attracta – it pointed out all of the duplications for me. Hope Google ignores these items now that I have changed the parameter to “ignore”. I have my fingers crossed because I do not know what else to do. Thanks for the post!

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    Thanks for the tips. My traffic drops significantly and I just have no idea why. When I check my wassup plugin statistic, many visitors hit the url which has replytocom in it. This shows that this duplicate contents are indexed by google. Now I have fixed it and hopefully my traffic returns :D

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    I haven’t tried this yet, but thanks for this. I haven’t encountered this problem, but I’ll keep this in my resources list just in case.

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    The first solution should work, but only for Google. The second solution still leaves a lot of URLs for search engines to follow and potentially exhausting your crawl allocation. I’ve come up with another solution using the Real-Time Find and Replace plugin that changes the replytocom parameter to use a # instead of a ?. A little hard to explain in a comment box, but I’ve got a post on it here (see rule 1): http://infolific.com/technology/blogging-and-web-publishing/handiest-wordpress-plugin-youve-never-heard-of/

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    Thanks was having same problem but now solved ;)

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    Now Google webmaster tools has changed the interface and the screenshots which you have posted are no longer valid, which option should I select according to the new Google webmaster tools

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    Hey it is no longer working. I tried to fix this issue from webmasters tool and found completely different set of parameters. I found “replytocom” was already set by Google. I did not even know about that. I guess Google no longer needs these steps. Anyway, I have installed the plugin and hope it will work.

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    GWT has changed the screens. I found this post which has been updated with no screenshots that show you how to configure it: http://www.tips4developer.com/wordpress/wordpress-devil-replytocom-urls/.

    Thanks to the authors of both of these posts!

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