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Faceted navigation, such as filtering by color or price range, can be helpful for your visitors, but it’s often not search-friendly since it creates many combinations of URLs with duplicative content. With duplicative URLs, search engines may not crawl new or updated unique content as quickly, and/or they may not index a page accurately because indexing signals are diluted between the duplicate versions. To reduce these issues and help faceted navigation sites become as search-friendly as possible, we’d like to: Provide background and potential issues with faceted navigationHighlight worst practicesShare best practicesNew faceted navigation implementations or redesignsExisting faceted navigation implementations
Selecting filters with faceted navigation can cause many URL combinations, such as http://www.example.com/category.php?category=gummy-candies&price=5-10&price=over-10 Background
In an ideal state, unique content -- whether an individual product/article or a category of products/articles -- would have only one accessible URL. This URL would have a clear click path, or route to the content from within the site, accessible by clicking from the homepage or a category page.
Ideal for searchers and Google SearchClear path that reaches all individual product/article pages
On the left is potential user navigation on the site (i.e., the click path), on the right are the pages accessed.
One representative URL for category page
Category page for gummy candies
One representative URL for individual product page
Product page for swedish fishUndesirable duplication caused with faceted navigation
Numerous URLs for the same article/product