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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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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Which is best for PageRank? When multi-Aliases point to same server, with multi-language folders

Imagine situation where multiple aliases point to the same server, where htacces divides them into their own language folders. Example: mywebsite.fr >> /fr/home mywebsite.de >> ...
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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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Is there a way I can redirect search engine traffic by U.S. State or Zip Code?

I work for an e-commerce company that operates solely within the United States. However, the price of goods and availability of our products depends on what State or even Zip Code you reside in (we ...
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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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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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Clarify “canonical” word: Can someone please list the various uses of this word in SEO context, and point out correct or incorrect uses of it?

I think the authoritative use of the word "canonical" in the SEO discipline dates back to this 2006 blog post by Matt Cuts on cononicalization: ...
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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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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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Clean URLs without PHP file extension

I want to make my URLs clean, for example: http://sample.com/about-me instead of: http://sample.com/about-me.php This is my code: RewriteEngine On RewriteBase / RewriteCond ...
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Canonicalization of single, small pages like reviews or product categories [closed]

In general I pretty much like the idea of canonicalization. And in most cases, Google explains possible procedures in a clear way. For example: If I have duplicates because of parameters (eg: ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Difference between canonical and base tag

I am a little bit confused regarding the usage of canonical tags and base tags. I have placed canonical tag (rel="canonical") on my website because of my website opening with no-www. I have reviewed ...
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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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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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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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Canonical links and non-identical content (mobile / desktop)

We are being advised to: Use switchboard tags to indicate alternate media for handheld devices. Canonicalize those mobile pages to the relevant desktop pages My issue is that I thought that for ...
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What do large review sites do when duplicate content is unavoidable?

Most review sites, for example sites that review games with different platforms, will often have three URL's with identical content, only differing in color schemes, and of course comments. This is ...
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Support same url in different forms

I have seen many websites supporting multiple forms of the same URL. For example consider www.example.com/question1/ OR www.example.com/Question1/ OR www.example.com/QUESTION1/ etc. all lead to one ...
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Does URL encoding create duplicate content?

An SEO expert was testing my site, and noticed that my URLs contained the special character :. He said that would create duplicate content, because google would interpret any url containing : as two ...
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Is it possible to check the case on Apache redirects or aliases?

I have a big website (15,000 pages) with a log list of redirects (about 800) that have been used in marketing pieces for years. My Apache server has been running mod_rewrite for the past 10 years or ...
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rel=canonical required for HTTPS?

I'm offering a page through HTTP and HTTPS, both with the same URL scheme. I.e., a page is available as http://www.example.com/page1.html as well as https://www.example.com/page1.html. Should I add ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Canonical url for filtered search results

I have a search function in my app that works like so: example.com/united-states example.com/united-states/california example.com/united-states/california/san-diego These three different searches ...
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How should I handle two different routes to the same place in a website hierarchy? How will this affect SEO?

guys. I'm considering a complete overhaul of my site, and I have a dilemma. I have multiple ways of getting to the same place, i.e.: Home > Page 1 > Page 2 > Page 3 and Home > Page 3 ...
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Should I use nodindex, follow or rel canonical?

I have a site that lists offers, promotions from other websites. Since the offers expire rather quickly I don't save them into my database. I see no point in having a page from 2010 about 30% ...
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rel=“Canonical”: Ranking Benefits ? & specifying for PDF?

I think I understand the basic case for using rel="canonical": to tell Google which is the preferred URI when the same page/content may be accessed via more than one URI. This helps you avoid ...
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Canonical link to a different domain?

I've got the same page and data available on multiple sites (on different domains), but only one of those sites is really that data's "home" and I want that "home" site to show up in search results ...
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Multilingual sites SEO and canonical

I'm in the process of improving the SEO in one of our client's multilingual sites. Currently the site passes a user the site in their preferred language by checking for a language cookie set by the ...
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Google new algorithm: My company have a 40 sites with different domains that some of their articles appears in my main website

My company have a 40 sites with different domains that some of their articles appears in my main website with reference to their source. Our articles write by high level processionals in the field ...
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Does Rel=Canonical Pass PR from Links or Just Fix Dup Content

One of the issues with duplicate content is that links can be split across several versions of your page, it was my understanding the a 301 redirect is really the only option for retaining some of the ...
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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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Multi language site - use of canonical link and link rel=“alternate”

I keep reading everywhere that if you have a multilanguage site, where the same page appears in, say, French and English, then this is considered as duplicate content by google. It is written that ...
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Using rel=next and rel=prev with multiple sets of paginated content on the same page

We are running into issues with trying to figure out how to implement rel="next" and rel="prev" -- coupled with rel="canonical" -- with multiple sets of paginated content on the same page, with pages ...
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SEO advise for WordPress WooCommerce

I'm using WooCommerce and have selected "shop" page as homepage in WordPress settings. Therefore http://www.example.com and http://www.example.com/shop are one and the same page. In this case what I ...
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Combining hreflang links, canonical tags and xml:lang on multilingual, multiregional and multi-subdomains websites?

I have a multilingual and multiregional (using different subdomains) website and I'm not sure how to handle those 3 elements. To summarize here are the hreflang links that I generate on each page ...
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URL query variables and rel=canonical

I have 14 pages of products on my site. Each page has 10 products. The product pages are powered by Ajax, and I have a filter results feature which lets them only show products with higher ratings, ...
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Robots.txt Blocking Blog Tags?

Tags are causing duplicate content on my website and I want to make sure that I block them from being indexed. Is this the right syntax to use for blocking those Tags from being crawled? User-agent: ...
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Duplicated contents warning in Google Webmaster Tools even though I use canonical links

I have some duplicated pages that show the exact same content on different URLS on my website, and I use canonical links to point them all to one of the pages. So if Page A, B, C, D and E have the ...
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How to structure dynamic product browser for SEO?

I will be building a new website for a client of mine. SEO is very important. This website will have a product browser for cars, in which visitors can set feature filters to search for products that ...
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How to avoid duplicate content in WordPress eCommerce Store

I run a WordPress eCommerce store powered by WooCommerce. I have a large inventory of products and most of the product descriptions are the same for all products and it's mandatory to include it. It's ...
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Canonicals with differing content

Interesting conundrum here with canonicals. Lets say I have a site with a "verified" system where other websites can become so and so "verified". Their url to send people to confirm verification is ...