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I am getting ready to restructure my product database to use configurable products instead of custom options. I want the configurable products to be indexed by Google, but not the related simple products, since this would create duplicate content. If I have the products set as "Not Visible Individually" will this keep them from being crawled by Google or do I need to do something else?

I read a couple posts from people saying that google was crawling product pages that weren't visible and creating 404 erros so I'm wondering if that was the best practice is.

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The standard way to deal with simple products in Magento is to have them set to -"Not Visible Individually". That should be enough.

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