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Can I write slightly different URLs for the same page and rank "equally" for both?

For example, I have a post URL like this:

http://example.com/rio-de-janeiro/onetitle-...

But I also would like to rank for searches like this:

http://example.com/rj/onetitle-...

So if the user searches for "rj onetitle" or "rio de janeiro onetitle" it won't matter, I can rank for both...

Can I use canonical URL's for something like this?

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You misunderstand some SEO principles:

  1. keywords in URLs are not so powerful for SEO than you think
  2. URLs must be chosen for users (to remember easily) before SEO

Moreover, you can rank on Google for rj onetitle and janeiro onetitle with only one of these URLs. You just need to work SEO of this page.

Otherwise, if you have just one of these URLs, it's perfect. If you already have these two URLs accessible for users, you need to choose one and put the rel="canonical" tag to the other. More information about the rel="canonical" tag on Google's support dedicated page.

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Got it! I thought so, thanks! –  lucaswxp May 21 at 15:24
    
You're welcome. –  Zistoloen May 21 at 15:40
    
What about misspells? In a specific case I have, Google doesn't seem to recognize that these two words are "synonyms" (one letter difference). What can I do? I can't use a misspelled word in my content just to do SEO. –  lucaswxp May 23 at 4:34
    
Just use the right word in your page content and URL (think about users first). After, you can use as anchor text for your backlinks all the word variations. And Google could rank your page for all these terms and synonyms. –  Zistoloen May 23 at 7:46

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