For webpages which may duplicate some or all of their content with other pages (for legitimate reasons), the canonical URL is the URL of the page which search engines should link to.

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Duplicate content on international websites

I'm helping on the SEO of an international group. Among others, there's a company.com website and a company.com.sa website (Saudi Arabia). They have got a new FAQ section on the .com website, in ...
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301 or canonical for URLs with a '/'?

Is it better to use 301 redirects to URLs with a trailing / to a URL without a trailing / or is it better to canonicalise one version?
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If I remove files extensions from URL but my canonical tags point to the URL with the extension, does that matter?

I'm using Adobe Muse to build websites and when the phone/tablet version of a site is created, canonical tags are automatically generated that point to the desktop version of the site. The canonical ...
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Noindex metatag in alternate mobile version of page with canonical to desktop… What consequences?

I have a desktop site to serve content for desktop and tablet users. I also have a mobile version of the site to cater to mobile phone visitors. Desktop pages have the following kind of annotations ...
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Duplicate meta tags issue despite having “rel='canonical'” tag

I'm getting more and more duplicate meta tags alerts on Google Webmaster tools everyday. It's a blog and I have setup rel='canonical' tags long before and they are showing up correctly. ...
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Rel Canonical for multiple versions of pagination for desktop and mobile

My website is primarily a photo gallery presentation site where the photo thumbnails (that link to the photos) are divided into pages. To maintain compatibility for all users, I give them the option ...
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Managing duplicate URLs on e-commerce site with canonical URL and Google Analytics

On my e-commerce site I have products which may belong to multiple categories at the same time. Product URL contains categories, so depending on how customer came to the page, we are displaying ...
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Using rel=canonical for subsection of pages

I have a page and I am kind of split between having a big page with lots of related contents or split into smaller pages. Creating smaller pages will result in thin content which is not liked well by ...
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What is the difference between canonical and 301 redirects?

I am not able to differentiate between canonical and 301 Redirects. The canonical link and 301 redirects have been around for years, but they continuously generate the confusion and questions about ...
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What should be the rel=“canonical” tag in all these scenarios?

I've couple of questions about rel=canonical since I'm getting little confused. I've a website that shows list of doctors. I want to know the rel canonical for each of the following webpages. So ...
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Multiple galleries on one page

I have multiple popup galleries that are all located in one page (homepage, to be exact). Each gallery is represented by a logo. Once the user clicks on one of the gallery logos, Javascript kicks in ...
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How to transfer link authority but keep url?

I have this old site (let's call it oldsite.com), with excellent branding and authority, that I however want to gradually move to a new domain (newsite.com), better suited for a future concept. ...
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How duplicate must two pages be in order for one to require rel=canonical?

I've been reading up on: <link rel="canonical" href="(original url)"> And one thing that I'm trying to figure out is the lowest percent of duplication must any two pages need to be in order ...
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Using 'rel=canonical' with WordPress sub-categories to their parent category?

In case of a blog with 3-4 main categories and each of them have 3-4 sub-categories. To avoid duplicate content should the child categories use rel=canonical to their parent category?
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Get parameters and SEO Penalties [duplicate]

I am working on a project where I am building a search which I want to get a fresh copy on each load. Looked it up and found that the only working way to accomplice this is to set a get parameter each ...
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hreflang and no return tags with canonicals

my question is in direct response to the following question... Canonical vs HREFLANG I am in a similar situation. However we are using canonicals in each country to handle duplicated content caused ...
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Many user-created sites/pages and subdomains. SEO questions for primary domain

My site allows people to create free websites and provides them with a subdomain link to their site. For example, a user bsmith will end up with a site at bsmith.example.com, and pages like ...
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Serving images on CDN; allow crawl of origin or CDN or both?

I have searched and read through a lot of questions regarding this subject, but cannot seem to find anyone that directly addresses my problem. I have a CDN for all my static images img.domain.net, ...
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Does SEO value pass through canonical links pointing to another domain?

I have a relatively new price aggregation website (online for about one month). Part of it was also adapted (custom header/footer) and included into an older site, on a different domain, which already ...
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Chain canonical from mobile to desktop site

I have a mobile site today with rel=canoncial to my desktop site. I was wondering if anyone knows / have a good theory how search engines handles the following scenario. mobile.example.com?sort=asc ...
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Fixed Canonical Link 404's not purging

I've been asked to look at our Google Webmaster Tools to fix the "Not Found" links contained within. The first 404 problem I identified was that due to our WordPress multi-site environment, the ...
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Canonical link or block in robots.txt for duplicate content across domains?

I've built a WordPress multisite for a dealership which has different franchises, ie Honda and BMW. Each franchise has its own website which have a used section, with identical content on them all for ...
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Can I use canonical or alternate URLs such that there is SEO benefit to both sites with duplicate local content?

My company manages a network of local websites, all of which run on separate subdomains. Each subdomain represents a different locality (eg brooklyn.example.com, queens.example.com). Often, we have ...
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Should I use a canonical tag when only 50% of the content is duplicated?

I have a city guide website covering bars, restaurants and clubs. Each of these venues have their own subpage on my website like: example.com/steersons-steak-house-darling-harbour-sydney/ For all ...
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Canonicalization effect on SERP

I have an established website with 1000's of links and good SERP for many of my pages. My Google Webmasters is now asking to solve an issue which is canonicalization. I prefer www.example.com and know ...
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Should I use a canonical tag on both Landing Page and Product Page of my E-commerce site?

I manage an e-commerce website that has both a landing page (designed to 'sell' the product/convince an upper-funnel customer to purchase) and a product page (obviously where you actually buy the ...
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Can rel canonical links be included in RSS feeds?

My client is asking me for something I never heard before - canonical links in an RSS feed. They are producing original content and are going to expose it via RSS so it can be syndicated by other ...
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How to specify the canonical URL for downloadable versions of the page (doc, pdf, txt, etc)

I've spent much time searching about the situation I'm in, before I post this question. I have a poetry page (working for it currently) and I want users to be able to download poem in PDF, DOC, and ...
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Should i disallow my mobile url's via robots.txt?

I'm trying to code my sites mobile version. it will be like this: www.example.com => mobile.example.com im using this alternate tag in desktop page; thats ok: <link rel="alternate" media="only ...
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Avoiding duplicate content when users choose the number of items per page

I have a website hosting thousands of photos that we taken in real life. My problem comes down to advanced pagination. Currently, I have the site divided into photo albums then galleries in each ...
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Does using IDs in the URL make Google view the URLs as duplicate?

In my site, I use query string for navigate between products. Example: /ProductView.aspx?ProductID=1 /ProductView.aspx?ProductID=2 /ProductView.aspx?ProductID=3 Am I faced with link duplicates ...
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Links on Google result list with unnecessary parameters

I have a website that uses .htaccess to turn the parameterized URLs into a folder pattern based URL For example : www.example.com?lang=de&cat=mycategory becomes www.example.com/de/mycategory ...
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How use a canonical link tag in a dynamic page?

<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.example.com/category/subcategory/example-product/product-id" /> I have a whole bunch of query string URLs (company products) that I have rewritten to ...
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Would a redirect from “/” to “http://www.mydomain.com” (to add the www) delist a site?

I am taking over a site for a client, and their SERP is very low for no obvious reason. I found that there is a 301 that looks like this: Redirect 301 / http://www.mydomain.org/ When I look at the ...
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How to let users know that the site is available over HTTPS?

My websites are now available over HTTPS, but I don't want to make that the default at this point: My canonical URLs are still HTTP and I'm not ready to make the SEO switch My certificates are SNI ...
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Should an ID go at the beginning or end of the URL for SEO?

Says I have a link, which contains the ID = 19963307 Type 1 : http://stackoverflow.com/questions/19963307/how-to-install-asp-net-mvc-5-on-a-server Type 2 : ...
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Identify “Large Number of Pages Pointing to the Same Canonical URL” source in Bing Webmaster Tools

I'm getting a "Large Number of Pages Pointing to the Same Canonical URL" for one of the websites in my Bing Webmaster Tools. The alert goes on to explain: Canonical tags can be used to help ...
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Why do two different +1 buttons on the same page but for different urls show the same counts?

The following buttons always display the same count (which is the count of the page without the querystring) despite being different urls: <div class="g-plusone" data-size="small" ...
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How do you share a non-canonical URL on Facebook?

The company I work for has 5 domain names for 5 different markets within the country. Those domains have their own branded sites and share content between them. We place canonicals on each piece of ...
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Should URL paths be case sensitive?

My website's URLs are currently case-insensitive. For example, both of the following links show the exact same page: http://example.com/about http://example.com/About However, taking a look at the ...
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Does a link to your site with a URL parameter pass link juice?

If I link to http://example.com/?id=344, will that still provide link juice to example.com? Or will it provide link juice only to http://example.com/?id=344, which might have a link to example.com ...
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Similar Product Pages and Properly Using Canonical Property

I have several products on my website that I am trying to decide if I should use the URL Canonical property on. The reason is because several of the pages will have very near identical information on ...
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Mark-up for desktop and separate mobile version of site, can they be used cross domain?

When there is a separate mobile version of a site on a different URL to the main site, Google suggests to use their Annotations for desktop and mobile URLs. On the desktop page, add: <link ...
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Would publishing a canonical, consumer-facing article feed for our white label editorial content help our clients?

We deliver syndicated content to our clients' sites. In our articles, we often link to blogs. We recently received a complaint from a blog that our link to them hurt their Google ranking, likely ...
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Should you noidex paginated pages or use rel=next/rel=prev

On out site we use pagination in two places: 1) Category Pages We have our articles segmented by category and each category has 100's of articles so we paginate at 10 articles per page. We use the ...
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How should cross site canonical meta links be placed? Should they be different per page and should they go on the canonical domain itself?

I have a website available via www.mydomain.com that is also available via svr7464z.vps.hostingcompanycom. The content is 100% identical, it's a mirror. I don't want search engines to know about ...
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Website opening both on domain name and IP. Is that a problem?

So, http://site.com/ and http://123.321.123.32/ both are displaying a web page. From SEO point there is content duplication issue when both domain and IP displays the same content. This can be solved ...
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Canonical and hreflang implementation for international desktop and mobile site versions

I have an interesting case and I am lost in it. There are two versions of the site: desktop and mobile. And there are also international versions: English and Spanish. I'm stuck at implementation of ...
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Redundant Hosting and duplicate content's effect on SEO

My Company is currently in the early planning phases of a project where we are playing with the idea of hosting our web project on multiple continents. The idea is to push local users to the closest ...
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How to handle different images size and URL with SEO

I'm creating my own CMS, and I have to handle images with differentes sizes. I store all my image's information in a database. For every image, I have: a filename (with extension) a title an alt ...