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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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 ...
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changing URL format afftects SEO reputation and not considering 301 redirection

We had URL http://www.example.com/category/subcategory.html which changed to http://www.example.com/category/filter/cat/subcategory.html We did 301 redirection, updated canonical URL to new one also ...
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Beneficial to optimize rel=“canonical” pages as well as original?

For pages that have rel="canonical" and are duplicates of other pages on my site, does it make sense to optimize those pages? Would optimize the duplicate page with rel="canonical" in terms of the ...
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Will canonical tag referencing unsecure HTTP URLs on a HTTPS page cause the unsecure message?

If a secure HTTPS page has a canonical tag referencing the HTTP version, will this cause the message in the browser that the page is using unsecure elements and prevent the green lock icon appearing? ...
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URL Rewrite with spaces or with -?

Which URL is more SEO? mydomain.com/category-name/article-name.html OR mydomain.com/category name/article name.html I have read some articles about URL Rewriting but there I can't find any ...
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Canonical link for sorting topics pages

Should I add the link rel="canonical" tag to sorting topics pages? StackExchange would be a good example for my question. Let's take these page as en example: ...
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Why are these pages showing as duplicate content in Google Webmaster Tools? [closed]

The following two URLs are showing up as having duplicate meta descriptions in my Google Webmaster Tools and I have spent the past couple of months unable to find out why that is: ...
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Does noindex metatag have a negative effect on the canonical URLs PageRank?

A page has this URL: http://example.com/pages/some-page/ There's a pagination on this page which uses a GET parameter page which would result in URLs like: ...
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Would this be considered duplicate content for a multi-language site, and is it necessary to redirect by language?

Our company now has 2 domains linked to one FTP: site.lt and site.eu In the .lt site, we show the content in the local language In the .eu site, we show foreign languages like site.eu/lv. 1). My ...
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Canonical url homepage

I have a mini-website that has one unique webpage that talks about a product. The current existing links for this website are: www.example.com www.example.com/keywords-important-for-webpage Both ...
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Will lower casing all canonical url solve duplicate issue

The website I'm working on can have both upper and lower case URLs, even though they will produce the exact same content. eg: http://www.freeofficefinder.com/uk/office-space/london/soho and ...
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Can I benefit from links to pages on my site which have a `noindex` meta tag?

I'm trying to understand if/how I can benefit from people linking to pages on my site which are with pages that have a noindex meta tag. 2 actions I'm considering to perform: Remove the robots.txt ...
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Canonical tags for separate mobile URLs

I have a Drupal website serving mobile pages from different urls (starting from /mobile). According to Google recommendations I should use the canonical tag to map desktop and mobile pages. Right ...
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Canonical tag makes my site “not indexable” according to an SEO analyst plugin

SEO Doctor add on says website is not indexable because this page is set to (this is my tag): <link rel="canonical" href="http://example.com" /> I have to change meta tags robots noindex like ...
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Creating more than one sitemap and relating it to a subdomain - will I be penalized?

I'm thinking in creating a subdomain containing all the reviews from my products, for example: http://reviews.mystore.com At this subdomain, I have my sitemap.xml pointing for the reviews page about ...
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How to optimize keywords in URLs for SEO?

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 ...
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Would the following URLs result in duplicate content if I only used one canonical link?

In your experience, have you ever had problems with duplicate content being caused by the following URLs: www.mysite.net www.mysite.net/ www.mysite.net/index.html Do you think that this could ...
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canonical or redirecting

When I have a page with the URI lets say www.example.com/page there might be the possibility that users or links end up sending the user to pages like this: www.example.com//////page? I could just ...
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Canonical URLs for local versions of a webpage?

I'm currently looking to grow traffic on a consumer-facing reviews site (Like Yelp, but for the security industry). One strategy we are pursuing is to provide localized content based on the zip code ...
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Replacing url parameters tool usage with canonical / robots.txt to avoid crawl time

For a long time I've been getting Googlebot found an extremely high number of URLs warnings, which I know don't necessarily indicate there is a problem, but I am trying to reduce the amount of links ...
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Rel=canonical from product to category

A website selling a medical book called "anatomy cihak" has 4 html pages - a category called "anatomy cihak" and three product categories for each book in the series - "anatomy cihak 1", "2" and "3". ...
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When to use canonical? Prepaid products of different values

I have a webshop for different kind of prepaid cards. Every kind of prepaid card is also available in a different value. The product page of those different values differ only in a title ...
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Duplicated titles - SEO [duplicate]

I have a site with product listings and I am not sure what would be better solution to avoid duplicated titles error. Example: http://www.mynautics.com/en/buy/powerBoat/ One solution could be to ...
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When Google Ignores your Canonicals on your Affiliate site

I have an odd little problem involving canonicals and affiliate sites. My company has some affiliate sites but we put canonical tags throughout them and point them to the main site. However, recently ...
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I need help with rel=canonical

I have troubles understanding rel=canonical the way google wants me to implement it. I have a job site that uses filters to show subsets of the total job list. Nothing fancy... normal stuff. So if ...
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Unifying pages: 301 or canonical

I'm combining three existing urls into one. Till now I have: http://mydomain.com/folder1/page1 http://mydomain.com/folder2/page2 http://mydomain.com/folder3/page3 Content from all three pages will ...
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I have permission to republish articles. Do I need to use rel=canonical?

I made a deal with a guy. I will give him advertising on my site for his business. He will give me permission to reprint the articles that appear on his site (he wrote them). I was looking for a lot ...
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What is a best canonical URL for a search result page? [closed]

I have read a Google guideline About rel="canonical" and I have known that A canonical page is the preferred version of a set of pages with highly similar content. I have a search page which ...
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Our company's white label site was removed from Google's search index, would canonicalization help?

I recently started working for a new company and they have a lot of white label sites. Just last week I checked Google Webmaster Tools for one of our bigger in-house white label sites (one we ...
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Canonical URLs in sortable paginated lists

How should one use rel="canonical" in sortable paginated lists? An unsorted list of products is not the same as the same list sorted, nor are lists sorted in different ways equivalent. For example, ...
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Should mobile webpages have hreflang links to non-mobile pages?

My site has multilingual links, which are specified like this on non-mobile pages: <link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="http://mydomain.com/page" /> <link rel="alternate" ...
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Using a canonical link with non-duplicate pages

I want to use canonical tag for index.php and all versions of index.php below: index.php index.php?something index.php?somethingsomething I also have URLs like: someproduct.html ...
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Duplicate content: two pages with just a little change in code are still considered duplicate content?

I have a website which talks about cars and motorcycles. Once in, the user can choose wether to browse the cars section or the motorcycles section. Once chosen his section, the url will have a ...
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Canonical URLs with multiple domains

Within my CMS I can add multiple domains. IE: domain-1.com and domain-2.com. The way my CMS is setup I can access the same content across both domains. For instance: domain-1.com/contact and ...
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Canonicalization for www/non-www URLs and IP/domain on a Windows server

I have checked my website using this SEO tool and the results report 2 issues: Test your site for potential URL canonicalization issues. Canonicalization describes how a site can use slightly ...
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IP canonical URL issue

So I did a search engine optimization test today and one thing it came back with was: Your site's IP XX.XXX.XXX.XX does not redirect to your site's domain name. This could cause duplicate content ...
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duplicate content - can't use 301 or canonical tag

I recently started managing SEO for a client. I'm seeing a lot of duplicate content on their site but their custom CMS doesn't allow canonical tags, and I was told by their team that we can't use ...
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Multiple mirror sites and SEO

I have one master website website.com/master and many mirror sites website.com/rep1, website.com/rep2, etc. The content, except for the contact information, is identical on all of them. We make it ...
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Can not get rid of duplicated title tags

As I said in title, I can not get rid of duplicated titles, indexed by Google and reported in Google Webmaster tools. Links that gives me problems are like: http://www.example.com/send-gifts/e6/ ...
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Google Webmaster Tools is showing duplicate URLs based on page title differences

I have 700+ title tag duplicates showing in WMT. Every first link in that picture is as duplicate link of second one. I don't know from where the first link got indexed by Google when that link ...
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On which page(s) to add canonical?

I have two pages with same content and same meta title and meta description. They also have very simular URL: http://www.mysite.com/new-york http://www.mysite.com/new_york I need first link to be ...
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Will a rel=canonical link pointing to a 301 redirect pass less pagerank than one without a 301?

On this official Google page about canonical links it says: Can rel="canonical" be a redirect? Yes, you can specify a URL that redirects as a canonical URL. Google will then process the ...
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Category to page and blocking category URL via robots.txt - good for SEO?

I am using a template which in the pages it allows me to add sidebars / more content under and above the content I want to pull from a category which is very helpful. If I create pages to display my ...
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Google indexed the same page under two URLs (despite rel-canonical)

The Super User question "Playing mp3 in quodlibet displays “GStreamer output pipeline could not be initialized” error" is indexed under two URLs in Google: ...
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Canonical URL's for interchangeable parameters

I'm wondering how should I use canonical tags in such a case: I compare two items, lets say shoe brands. So one of my pages look like this: http://shoes.com/compare/adidas/vs/nike/ and another ...
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Should I have to use canonical if I rewrite my URL?

For example if I have only one HTML page in my directory and if the link is http://www.mydomain.com/my-landing-page.html and, using .htaccess if I rewrite the URL to ...
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Should I use canonical in case of partial content duplication?

I created my own template (template refers to design + static content). Thus, the design and some content is static in all the pages. I created 5 landing pages, all landing pages has same design and ...
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Canonicalising to less linked URLs

I have a question about how to use canonical urls on an ecommerce site with a complex category structure. I have many products and they each sit in multiple categories. Each product can be accessed ...
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Why do sites redirect to the canonical URL if it can parse a page correctly given any slug? [closed]

Several sites that I have come across, including Stackoverflow, perform a 301 redirect when given an "incorrect" slug. For example: http://webmasters.stackexchange.com/questions/9/incorrect-slug ...