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Hi all. I am looking for ideas to solve this issue (and I see several users struggling and no one seems to have an answer): On my website´s homepage Squarespace auto-generates a slug after the URL for the main site.
Removing it is not an option, you can change the words of the slug, but "no slug" is not an option. 
This duplicates all content in search engines a Google Search Console warns that it negatively affects your page´s ranking. 

In a guide Squarespace even notes that there should be no slug after the url for the main page. (https://support.squarespace.com/hc/en-us/articles/205814818). 
My main page is an index in Mojave 7.0, but other users has the same issue with blank pages, folders, etc. Best, May

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Can you share your website URL?

18 hours ago, MajPil said:

Squarespace auto-generates a slug

Squarespace does generate the slug based on your page name, but this is editable.

Your homepage forwards that page to your domain, and this forward shouldn't result in duplicate content.

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I have this problem too. There doesn't seem to be a way to have a 'pure' homepage. Any page can be a homepage and has to have a slug which means your default website address isn't a page its a redirect. This seems to confuse Google and invalidate the page causing issues with indexing. Its a really odd way to setup the site. A simpler way would just to have a locked homepage that you edit and change as you need to.

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@Ziggy I´m afraid I messed it all up in trying to solve the issue in the meantime 😬. My sitemap now doesn´t show pages named after main services. Most of my sitemap now seems to reference images named completely off my image titles and image alt txts. I am about to give up and leave Squarespace, honestly. Had hopes for upgrading to 7.1, but it´s been a change from bad to worse.

My site is https://www.furesoe-koekken.dk

The main product is kitchens and house makeovers. My sitemap seem to reflect that an inferior product, bathroom furniture, should be at the very top of the.xml

Would be really grateful for a comment.

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19 minutes ago, MajPil said:

The main product is kitchens and house makeovers. My sitemap seem to reflect that an inferior product, bathroom furniture, should be at the very top of the.xml

Order of items in a sitemap does not reflect priority:

https://developers.google.com/search/docs/crawling-indexing/sitemaps/build-sitemap#:~:text=You don't have to,split it into smaller sitemaps.

21 minutes ago, MajPil said:

My sitemap now doesn´t show pages named after main services.

What does this mean?

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Thank you Ziggy, on "Order of items in a sitemap does not reflect priority" - that is really a relief.

I guess my 2nd question is so related that I won´t waste your brains on that. (What is means in effect is that my site is ranked much lower than our competitors though).

Have you any advice on how my images can be shown as intended to the search engines? I followed the guidelines for best practices, but neithe image titles or image alt texts seem to be reflected in the sitemap.

If I title an image with 5 keywords Squrespace generates an ununderstandable very long bit in my sitemap, e.g. "https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/59aa5bd4197aea4ad67e27dd/1697627073120-EYKSPFHR7WMTPYGP9WYI/Råderetskøkken+i+boligforening+-+hvid+køkken+fra+Furesø.jpg

Or is this also not an issue I should care about? All the very best, Mae

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14 minutes ago, MajPil said:

Or is this also not an issue I should care about?

I'm not aware that this would have any particular impact on your search ranking.

Please like and upvote if my comments were helpful to you. Cheers!

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