In an effort to reduce the amount of duplicate content I found on my blog pages, the first this was to use a plugin.
The plugin I am using, is named: Homepage Excerpts WordPress Plugin written by Daniel Scocco. Thank you Daniel.
What this easy to install, plugin does, is to give you the option of showing excerpts, instead of full posts.
I don’t necessarily like that the fact that a reader who comes into my blog via the homepage, can only read one full post, and then has to click on others to read the full content. However, if I can avoid the duplicate content issue, hopefully my readers will understand.
On the bright side, it does give readers a chance to scroll through previous posts fairly quickly, and they can determine which ones they may want to read. And…the excerpts take up less space than a full post would.
Look at your homepage.
How many full posts does it include?
Should you consider adding the Homepage Excerpts WordPress Plugin? Or, use another method of excerpting your older posts?
If you are not using WordPress, does your blogging platform have an option you can use to avoid duplicate content?