[Solved] Fix, Delete Duplicate Title Tags ReplyToCom, Ref Links Shown In Google Webmasters For A Website or Blog

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on April 22, 2011


This may happen to some wordpress blogs that you see some duplicate title tags under Diagnostics >> HTML Suggestions in google webmaster for your blog. As when you reply to comments it is considered as a different URL but it comes with the same content so they detect it as duplicate content, and they are displayed as duplicate title tags under google webmasters as shown in the image below.


If you see these kinds of duplicate title tags links for your website or blog they may not immediately affect your website, but they are definitely not good for any website or blog in the longer run.

In order to fix this issue, google provides a simple setting under Site Configuration >> Settings >> Parameter Handling which allows to you define such settings that could



Under this settings you can specify the action google should take while indexing or crawling your website to ignore links ending or having this parameter in the URL not to index.


By default google was handling the replytocom parameter with the setting “Let Google decide” and it was indexing these pages, but to reduce the duplicate content you should Click the Edit link beside this – and set the option to Ignore as done in the image above.

Another way to solve this issue is to add the following line in your robots.txt file of your website or blog.

Disallow: *?replytocom

Or else you can also use the replytocom redirector plugin which work with the wordpress blogs, which will redirect all these links to the main post article page so that google will not be indexing such pages due to redirection. Similarly you can delete, ref or ref= links which are not useful to you from getting indexed by following the above steps, you can also add an additional parameter which may have noticed and not displayed as suggestion on the parameter handling page.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Kris - Health Blog June 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

Thanks for a simple solution to this

akayopi August 22, 2011 at 8:46 am

i think adding robot txt

Disallow: *?replytocom

is more simple, i am tried

Shub Kumar September 24, 2011 at 9:25 am

I have a forum site which have more than 15000 duplicate title tags. I want to fix this problem for ever. Is it work on forum?

Rudi Ardiansyah September 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm

thank you for sharing, I’ll try this one.

adam viator March 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

thank you, it works for me.

dream April 13, 2012 at 10:42 am

I have this problem my blogspot site. how can i remove it? please give me a solution anyone…….

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