Trying to find the answer here but can't seem to locate this specific scenario...
We have products that include multiple, defined resources - for example, each has 3 distinct user guides for different situations, each has a few videos, etc.
Well, we used to simply have a page for each product, and all of this information in accessible tabs. This worked well for SEO. But we have over 800 products, and started getting request to, for example, show all of a certain type of manual, or all of a certain type of video.
So, we decided to make a resource section using posts, each post in a specific resource category (i.e. Manuals) and representing a single resource (such as, a manual) - and then tag them each for a specific product. When viewing each of these resources directly, they include a link to the actual product page. This allows the resources to be polled independently, and shown in user requested archives.
On the product page side, we are then 'INCLUDING' these individual resources into the tabs for each product, shown in their entirety, using a plugin that lets us query our resources. Each resource is shown within these tabs in their entirety, with only the product links stripped, making the content look native to the page - and in fact our pages look exactly like they used to.
But suddently, a question has come up - does this now create a duplicate content situation? We really want to leave our resources indexed but in the eyes of a search engine I could see where this might be a problem.
I also should add, when a site search is performed (using standard WP search), only the individual resource posts come up - so it does not see that information as existing on the actual product pages, as one would expect - but I presume for visiting bots that is not the case, they are seeing each product page and all of it's included tab content, as well as the same content in their individual resource posts?
Would really appreciate any thoughts on how to best deal with this from an SEO perspective.
I am adding this to clarify what I'm asking as it relates to Wordpress:
1) Am I correct that under this scenario and how wordpress works, the SE's will see the full product posts with all of the included content?
2) Since the Wordpress 'search' doesn't see it this way (presumably because it is searching the database, not the actual generated pages), then if we were to noindex the 'Individual Resource' posts, will Wordpress' inability to show the main product posts in a search have a negative effect on SE's for those pages? Would a better search plugin be required in this case?
3) Finally, if we don't have any menu items pointing to the individual resource pages, and the only time they would ever appear is via a search (which is the case currently), will the SE's still find these pages due to how Wordpress works, even if we don't include them in the site map?