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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What should I use for a canonical URL for a search page that has a few search options?

I read this post here: What is a best canonical URL for a search result page? and I have search page which can set more than one item like this: ...
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How to track clicks on inbound links besides via URL parameters?

We use a custom CMS on a site and we're having various parameters on inbound links for own tracking and inbound marketing purposes. Usually these URL parameters are added to the links so the system ...
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Posting same content on two different domains

Just a quick question can I post the same content on two different domains and do a canonical to the primary domain from second domain without my primary domain getting penalized for duplicate ...
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Will meta setting Meta=“NOINDEX” eventually remove page from google index?

I am in the process of moving domains I still have alot of visitors coming to old domain (who are familiar with brand) so dont completely want to 301 it, but I would like pages from the old site to ...
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Handling Duplicate Content & Pagination with Category Description

I have an ecommerce site with paginated product categories. I would like to add a description for each category to improve the "thin content" problem ecommerce pages generally have. I would like ...
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Canonical tag not getting honoured or is it?

I realise this is a topic which has probably been covered to infinity, however I have my own little question so hope the mods wont mind me opening a new threat on canonical issues. I have a post on ...
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Should rel=canonical be used for discount deals copy and pasted to new webpages?

We have a discount deal website like Groupon. When we have a new deal contract with our old business owner we have to copy and paste the details from the last deal into a new webpage for the new deal. ...
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Do any important SEO robots (such as search engine crawlers) rely on IP addresses anymore to identify websites?

Currently, I have it where anyone who attempts to access my server IP address as a website (example: http://nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn) will be redirected to a domain name with the original request URI appended. ...
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Do I need to put rel=“canonical” in the original page?

To other pages, with the same content, I need to put rel="canonical" in the link tag to prevent duplication. <link href="https://example.com/original-page.html" rel="canonical"> My question, ...
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How much time does it take Google to learn from 301 and canonical? [duplicate]

I recently setup a new domain for my blog - and in an attempt to maintain rankings, I setup (a) HTTP 301 redirects from my old pages to the new ones (b) also updated a backup copy of my blog that was ...
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Should I use a 301 redirect for inbound discount offer links?

We have discount links like example.com/alex10 that set a discount in the session and show the homepage as normal (with a tiny adjustment to say "£10 credit applied"). When we initially set this up ...
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4 URLs lead to the same page content, are 301 redirects better or setting rel canonical better?

All the following pages have the same exact content: http://www.example.com/seo-url (rel canonical URL) http://www.example.com/ID1234 http://www.example.com/content/ID1234 ...
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How to prevent duplicate pages with different URL slugs on my Cold Fusion site?

My programer has made my website in Cold Fusion and the URLs are like http://www.example.com/article.cfm/articleid/12345/seo-keyword-title but the problem is the page opens even if the ...
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SEO Canonical tag for multiple website

I have two websites following website: abc.com having canocial tag abc.com and i implemnted 301 redirect to abc.ca. abc.ca having canocial tag abc.ca Problem is that when we search abc on ...
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hreflang values for domain hacks

My publisher site uses a domain hack (not included in the ccTLDs treated as generic). I understand that Matt Cutts and Google have made statements on foreign ccTLDs trying to target other audiences: ...
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Redirect URL to the same page with parameter

I have this url in my blog: http://www.myweb.com/ and would like to change into: http://www.myweb.com/?lang=en all the URl, of course, in the same page = index.php I need to use param lang=en to ...
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When a website has two listings in a Google search result page, is that hurting rankings?

I have an insurance website. When I search something like "car insurance", my website appears twice. www.example.com www.example.com/car-insurance From a SEO point of view, I imagine this dilutes ...
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Should I use a canonical link which refers to the current URL in a pagination?

I know there are similar questions. But they either was not what I was looking for OR I did not understand them fully, therefore I am asking here. My situation At the moment I am using rel prev and ...
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Do query string case differences affect whether a URL is Canonical?

If I have two URL's where the only difference is the case of the query string: http://example.com?param=TEST http://example.com?param=test Are they both considered equal by search engines? I know ...
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Can I declare a duplicate page via javascript for google?

Most sources of documentation state that one can declare a webpage a duplicate of another by applying this tag on the duplicate page: <link rel="canonical" href="(absolute URL to original ...
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What should the canonical URL be when users can filter on multiple categories at once?

I'm totally revamping my site's URL structure and have now defined the following structure of URLs to prevent duplicate content (in which the /c/ part in the URL determines that a country filter is ...
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How to use HTTPS canonical link tag in Blogger blog?

Look out, Google official security blog - http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com Above blog forced user to visit https link (without using any kind of JS), but normal Blogger blog serve both ...
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URLs with trailing questionmark (?)

I understand that URLs with or without trailing slash are considered two different resources and therefore we should use redirects to tell Google which one is the canonical one. But what about ...
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Which URL(s) do I choose for one product with different colours?

I read that it is best practices that if you have a product that comes in 3 colours to have one URL for the product, and then to have a dropdown with all the colours that it comes in? For example if ...
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Landing page on multi language site: Canonical AND x-default

I read so many tutorials about canonical and alternate x-default, but I am still not a 100 per cent sure if this is correct: I have a multi language page that is structured like this: ...
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Using canonical links to eliminate “similar” search results in google

In our site, we have links as such: /{{category-name}}.html - will display all products /category-name/filters/{{some-filter}}.html - will display filtered products The problem we are facing is ...
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Crawl Budget economy: what to do with URLs with parameters?

So, a site has inbound links to a lot of important pages and these links have URL parameters. These URL parameters are basically used just for tracking purposes, similar to the way Amazon links to its ...
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Prevent bing from crawling thousands of essentially identical pages?

I have a web page with a dozen tables of data on it, each with half a dozen columns. Every table can be sorted by a column by clicking on the relevant header, and these get appended to the ...
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Redirect from non-existent subdomains is correct?

Search engines recorded referrals from links like this: http://subdomain1.example.com, http://subdomain2.example.com. Subdomain pages display the contents of main domain pages but subdomains do not ...
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Does rel=canonical and rel=alternate make sense on pictures?

I have a desktop and a mobile site and I use rel=canonical and rel=alternate as recommended by google to link the corresponding html based pages of each site together. I'm just wondering, because on ...
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Redirecting to page ID if “rel=canonical” setup to pretty URL

When changing the URL structure for a site with 10,000's of pages is it acceptable to redirect to a page id (eg example.com/1234) if a "pretty" URL has been set in the rel=canonical tag? For example: ...
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After mod_rewrite the internal URLs are duplicated many times when crawling

I'm sure it is my mistake in mod_rewrite rules, but I can't seem to figure it out. I've set up the rules for my new site and all works perfect, unless - I try to create a sitemap. The URLs get ...
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I have two version of my website (desktop and mobile). If my desktop version is a single page and my mobile version is split into 5 pages

what is the best way to canonicalize? Should all 5 of the mobile pages have a canonical tag that points back to the desktop page? Or should I not use canonical tags on the mobile pages that don't ...
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Repeated site content in multiple php pages [duplicate]

I have 3 pages: a.php <p id="block1">text1</p> b.php <p id="block1">text2</p> c.php <? include('a.php'); include('b.php'); ?> So, we have access to ...
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Use rel=canonical or 301 redirect

On my site both of these return the same content: http://example.com/tags/sky http://example.com/tags/sky/page1 Using rel=canonical on page1 increases the coding complexity a bit, so can I do a ...
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Google returns wrong subdomain variation as top result

we recently updated a customer website which included a change in server and some 301's to send old pages to new ones. The website as long as we know has always been setup without the www. subdomain ...
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How to construct the URL for search with multiple input?

I am having a home page where I can search on multiple tags. How should I construct the URL? Suppose I search for tag = test_1 and tag = test_2 Should I construct the url like ...
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Remove Session ID from Canonical URL

I have two URL's http://www.domain.com/thread.php?1234-a-brand-new-thread/page2 http://www.domain.com/thread.php?1234-a-brand-new-thread/p=54762 'p' is equal to a post on the second page, so the ...
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Multiple canonical URLs for same page

I have an existing canonical URL in the form http://example.com/page1 for a page called http://example.com/page1.html and use .htaccess to rewrite the URL of anything without an extension so it ends ...
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Is it good to have / after website URL for SEO? [duplicate]

Which one of the following links is the correct and SEO friendly URL? http://apkapp.in/software/view/35531716?download=WhatsApp-2.12.258.apk/ (with / at the end) or ...
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Difference between redirect and rewrite in .htaccess (in relation to SEO and the canonical tag)

Okay so if I'm wanting to remove the extension of a URL but my canonical tags point to the url with the extension I can't use a 301 redirect without it negatively affecting SEO. Does the same go for ...
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Correct way to handle translated pages

I have a page: www.domain.com/contact-us This page is in en-US language. It is also avaliable in 3 other languages: www.domain.com/de/contact-us (German) www.domain.com/zh-hans/contact-us ...
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URLs with “space”, “%20”, “+” are canonicals?

If I have a URL encoded and another does not, e.g. <a href="http://example.com/images/foo abc.jpg">Image</a> <a href="http://example.com/images/foo+abc.jpg">Image</a> <a ...
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Why does http://example.com equal http://example.com/? [duplicate]

When I access http://example.com in a web browser, the browser adds a slash to the end of the URL and loads the page. The part that scares me is that duplicate content exists when one uses the ...
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URLs with parameters & canonical tags. Block them via robots.txt vs GSC URL parameters?

I have some URLs with parameters, the parameters aren't of the filtering kind, they don't create millions of duplicates. The parameters are simple being used for tracking purpose, content doesn't ...
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Canonical tag to avoid duplicate content: what impacts?

I'm working for a company which job is to take care of "networks". One brand buy websites in bulk. They set-up one website with unique content on it describing their job, what they do, what they ...
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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 ...