The archive and category pages you have on your website are considered duplicate content by Google. For example, your website’s main content are your articles and blog posts, but those pages are also archived, and in addition to this, the category pages contain about 200 words snippets from the same articles for the users to quickly see what the article is about.
This means that the same content is repeating on more than one place on your website, and there’s even a possibility that someone has stolen or scrapped your articles, so it might appear on some other places (URLs) too.
Use Meta Robots or Robots.txt
If you already have duplicate content on your website, let the search engines know which pages to index, and which to de-index. This is done with meta robots for single pages, and robots.txt for the whole site. Knowing how to use them is especially important if you are using HTML or PHP to build your website.
Use WordPress Plugins
If you are using WordPress as a platform for your site, there are plenty of plugins you can use to solve the duplicate content issues. Make sure you won’t miss the ones that allow you to de-index your archive and category pages, and automatically make all your links canonical.
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