Duplicated content / SEO

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I often hear people say one should avoid duplicated content.
But if one use a CMS to generate pages on the fly to avoid frames,
then menus and so on will be duplicated on every sub page.

Is this a problem for SEO and the position on the search engines?

I mean, to develop a useful web site one must have menus and
certain functions, perhaps even some text, which appears on all pages.
Thus, there's a basic need to duplicate content in order to make the site
useful from a usability perspective.

For example an e-business site might have the same "purchase now"
content and maybe even some product highlights on every page. Not
that much text and so on, but definitely the same content.

Is this a problem for the position on the search engines?

Here's my example: www.mhc.se where I have some menus etc on
every sub page.


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No, providing it doesn't constitute the bulk of the page content. You
need to have a whole load of content unique to each page. A few lines
of menu and whatever won't hurt in that context.



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Yes, it is a problem. If you can identify the duplicate URL paths,
e.g. /whatsnew, /popular, etc that lead to the same page, block all
but the actual URL.  The CMS in question will probably have its own
forum where others have given a specific solution.

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