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I created a post which is assigned to multiple categories.

Eg: I have a post "My Post", and I put it in "foo" and "bar" categories.
Now my article will have two permalinks, "/foo/my-post" and "/bar/my-post".
Google calls this a duplicate, which it considers to be spam, hence this is not what I want.

How can I use multiple categories but have the same permalink?
I want this only for SEO.

My current permalink structure is /%category%/%post_id%-%postname%.html

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    how are you outputting two different permalinks for the same post? this is not default behavior. WordPress generates a single permalink using the category with the lowest ID.
    – Milo
    Jul 17, 2013 at 6:01
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    Your article will have just one permalink.
    – fuxia
    Jul 17, 2013 at 6:01
  • but why my article is visible at "/foo/my-post" and "/bar/my-post" ? Jul 17, 2013 at 6:03
  • Google say that if will find same content at two different urls on the same site, it will consider it as duplicate => spam... Jul 17, 2013 at 6:04
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    okay, but categories foo and bar are visible and shows list of aticles... so category foo links to permalink with foo/ and category bar links to permalink with bar/ Jul 17, 2013 at 6:35

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If you are using category name in permalink for a post, it's not a good practice, especially, if you have two or more categories per post.

Solutions: Use canonical link tag for the post and add it to your prefered absolute URL. Google will rank only this one and it won't be as duplicate content.

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It can't generate 2 URLs for a single post. If not specified otherwise will probably take the variable /category/ from your first category. Not duplicate content.

This is a common Wordpress behavior. I'm seeing this on most of the websites I've published with that URL structure - /%category%/%post_id%-%postname%.html

I have also read your comment, and if your post shows with different URLs, although unlikely, there's something wrong with your setup.

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