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Preventing Duplicated Content

Last edit: Jun 02, 2020

This best practice explains how platformOS prevents the indexing of non-production sites to avoid the website being flagged as duplicated content.

SEO helps you get more organic traffic to your website, and one of the most important aspects is to have good, original content. Having duplicated content is treated as a disadvantage in the eyes of search engines.

platformOS adds the proper x-robots-tag to:

  • all staging Instances, because they are used for testing
  • production Instances that have no custom domain added, because usually they are temporary Instances while a migration or tests are in progress
$ curl -I https://documentation-staging.staging.oregon.platform-os.com

HTTP/2 200
...
x-robots-tag: noindex, nofollow

noindex, nofollow prevents robots from indexing the page altogether, hence not flagging it as duplicated content, until you are ready with your production domain.

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