How do duplicate title & description tags affect in SEO

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Hello,

I checked on my Google webmaster tool sitemap today and found some duplicate title tags. The reason is that I changed the seo friendly URLs a few months ago and now both new and old URLs are indexed, which show duplicate title tags and description tags.

For example:

domain.com/dating/united-states/ (old)

domain.com/online-dating/united-states/ (new)

They both have the same title and description tags.

Do you think the old urls (domain.com/dating/united-states/) will automatically deindex in the next few months?

If not,

Should I DISALLOW domain.com/dating/ from my robots.txt file to deindex it from Google?

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Re: How do duplicate title & description tags affect in SEO
« Reply #1 on: 04-16-2013, 16:52:01 »
Duplicate Titles and Descriptions do not cause penalties. They can cause problems in ranking when one of the pages gets ranked and the other one filtered out of that search result. Google may well not choose the page you prefer to rank for that particular query.
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Re: How do duplicate title & description tags affect in SEO
« Reply #2 on: 04-19-2013, 05:15:39 »
                   Yes,duplicate Title tags may affect your rankings,as Google wants every page to have its individual genuine and relevant Title's or in simple words,you can understand as every page has its own importance like services.HTML will describe about services being provided by that company,in about-us.HTML it will be about the company itself,etc,As every page has its individual importance,it is understood that each page has its own Title's,etc.Same is applicable to the description also.

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Re: How do duplicate title & description tags affect in SEO
« Reply #3 on: 04-19-2013, 22:34:59 »
Your question is elaborating two different scenario that are actually linked with each other. As you mentioned your GWT account is showing duplicate title & description tags that's because you have both your older pages and new pages live at the same time. The best solution is to re-direct 301 older pages over new ones. Doing this your both problems would be solved out.
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Re: How do duplicate title & description tags affect in SEO
« Reply #4 on: 04-29-2013, 05:36:35 »
Title will not create any problem but description will surely create problems though it is not sure that you will have to face penalty for it but google webmaster will show errors for this and which is not good in seo prospective. 


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Re: How do duplicate title & description tags affect in SEO
« Reply #5 on: 05-09-2013, 21:05:35 »
When a webpage used duplicate title tags and meta description it will be indexed once for two pages. It is critical because title tags give an impact to Click through Rate (CTR). Also, this is considered by Google as a violation because it can trick search engines and manipulate ranking results. Any form of duplication can affect the website performances.
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