Should I do no index for the pages of my travel itineraries site that vary according to the number of days stay?
My site has several programs, travel itineraries,which vary according to number of days of stay,like four, five, or six, or eight days.Given that these all refer to the same destination,they simply vary in the tour type.”I guess this goes on to the duplicate content part.”Is this a problem?Should I no index these pages? What should I do?
JOHN MEULLER (Webmaster Analyst from Google):
In general, this is not something where you’ll will find an absolute answer, because sometimes it makes sense to keep alternate variations of a piece of content indexed separately. Sometimes it makes sense to fold them into together into one page.So in this kind of a situation, if you think that these different number of days are essentially more like attributes rather than actually independent products that stand on their own,then maybe it makes sense to have one page that shows the main content and that lists the variations for the individual number of days.The advantage of having one page is that this page will probably be a bit stronger in search, so if someone’s searching for a tour of, in this case, the Galapagos,then probably we’ll be able to say,well, this is a really strong page on this topic.Whereas if you split it up into each separate pages for each number of different days, then we’ll probably say,well, these are all kind of good pages,but maybe not that awesome.So sometimes it makes sense to compile everything together into one stronger page.Sometimes it makes sense to say, well,these are sufficiently unique pages that I really want to have them indexed separately.