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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When the canonical page itself changes URL

This is a continuation of the question: How to handle canonical URL changes like Stack Overflow. Say I have the canon URL: questions/11/car <---canonically-linked-from--- questions/11/ What ...
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Canonical links and best way to use parameters with url rewriting

I use my own custom routing module in PHP and mod_rewrite. A typical main page URL looks like this: http://www.example.com/services There's a large part of the website that displays the products on ...
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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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SEO and duplicate content for default document

SEO experts sometimes demand that default document, e.g. www.site.com/index.html redirects with 301 to www.site.com, so: Is that really necessary? Does Google really penalize that?
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How to use the canonical tag for multiregion websites and duplicate content

We want to use the canonical tag for an multiple region website with the same content. For Example: www.example.com/services.htm www.example.com/uk/services.htm Then if we use the canonical tag ...
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Letting search engines know that different links to identical pages stress different parts of the page

When you follow a permalink to a chat message in the Stack Exchange chat, you get a view of the transcript page for the day that contains the particular message. This message is highlighted in yellow, ...
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How to handle canonical url changes like Stack Overflow

Stack Overflow sites all have pretty urls which include the question title. In the HTML it also have canonical url for that page. I just found out that when I change the question title, the url is ...
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Can I Use A Canonical Tag Instead of a Redirect for Updated Content?

I have some old articles on my blog that get quite a bit of traffic, but are very outdated. I want to remove them from Google's index using the noindex tag, but I'm not sure what the best approach ...
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multiple urls serving same content - how to handle better?

Urls go like domain/approved/education/kids/female but I also have filter page in place that lets you do this domain/approved/education-entertainment-business/kids/female and so on which means ...
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Canonical tag on paginated pages?

I noticed that StackOverflow uses a rel=canonical tag on page 2+ of answers. For example, see http://stackoverflow.com/questions/6470651/creating-a-memory-leak-with-java?page=2&tab=votes#tab-top ...
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Republishing blog posts on a popular website

I started my blog about programming yesterday and in order to promote and increase traffic I submitted my rss to Codeproject which pulls my posts and publishes them at Codeproject. While it increases ...
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Should I use a canonical URL?

I'm currently in the process of building a charts website with music from Soundcloud. The charts will be 'cleared' every week. My base URL will be: http://example.com/ Which will contain the charts ...
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Having google index canonicals but users using parameters - correct?

I'm working on a site that has a search facility with multiple parameters that look up property listings. The possible parameters are: City, Area, Building Type, Min. Bedrooms, Max Rental Price, ...
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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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Wrong canonicalization by Google

I had 2 pages with mostly same text and the difference being in Flash and cities names. So, Google started to think that those were copies of the same page and to index only the most popular of them. ...
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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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www and non www can suffer duplicated content

Do you know if i should use canonical tag, or 301 redirection from http://mydomain.com to http://www.mydomain.com To avoid duplicated content penalty in case other pages link to the domain without ...
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Reach Local Proxy Page - Duplicate content?

We have a client who has instructed Reach Local to manage their paid SEO work etc. RL have created a proxy version of the page at http://example-px.rtrk.co.uk which mirrors the existing site ...
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Why treat these as different URLs?

These are all strictly different urls: http://www.example.com/page http://www.example.com/pAge http://www.example.com/page/ http://www.example.com/paGE/ I get that it conforms to the strict ISO ...
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Rel canonical link tag pointing to the same page

I'm implementing the canonical tag in my page to avoid be penalized with duplicate content flag by search engines. My doubt are the following: If I have a page COPY with the canonical tag pointing ...
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Canonical'd pages on subdomain showing up in Google search results

You might have heard that we launched Facebook Stack Overflow yesterday. As part of this, we modified our code to put <meta rel="canonical" ... tags on every question and user on the ...
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Same page in different “locations” on same site - duplicate content? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? The same page, or rather the same content on a page is accessible from two very similar ...
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Blocking URLs and canonical questions

We are running a Magento store set up and was looking to block all pages with the exception of a select few. It seems the only way we can do this is with blocking direct paths to files that are in ...
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Does the “canonical name” in DNS make any difference to search engines?

Some of our sites are setup with an "a record" to an IP address and some are setup as a cname of a server that then has an "a name" to the same server IP. I want it to be consistent. Which is the ...
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How do I hide a 301 redirect from my root domain?

I was analyzing my webpage SEO using an online tool where I saw that my http status for my root domain name www.caliberequipment.com was resulting in a 301 redirect to ...
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Should I use nofollow on internal links that don't need to be crawled?

We have a product navigation engine that allow our customers to filter products based on attributes (size, color, etc.). We are implementing an upgrade that allows them to use "multi-select" ...
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Google ranking - difference between example.com and example.com/?ref=id

Does it impact a site's Google ranking if I link to the site with a "referrer" query-string? e.g: example.com/?ref=mysite instead of example.com ?
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Similar URLs for same page

I'm working with a site that uses slightly different URLs for the same content. The sitemap lists the pages as: www.website.com/webpage.html If you surf through the site the same page is found at: ...
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How to tackle this duplicate content issue? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is duplicate content and how can I avoid being penalized for it on my site? I've a new website coming up with 1000's of page which will contain some city codes. I'd ...
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Canonicalization of my site

I'm confused about canonical issue. I've setup in .htaccess to redirect the urls without www to www. one's. My site is http://www.indiacustomercare.com . Now the url's in this ...
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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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Canonical Tag Not Being Recognized

I'm puzzled by the first Google search result in this list. The first result has the following rel="canonical" tag: <link rel="canonical" ...
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Multisites Network SEO::Can self-referencing canonical tag(rel=“canonical”) inside article improve google rating?

Can self-referencing canonical tag(rel="canonical") inside article improve google rating? The Case: Company have 40 sites with original content and 1 main site with some of 40 sites articles. ...
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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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Correct syntax for Canonical - link or meta tag?

I'm getting a little confused about adding canonical tags to pages. Some (most?) guides suggest using a link tag thusly: <link rel="canonical" href="www.example.com/somepage" /> but some ...
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Is it ok for a canonical link to point to itself?

I've got the canonical: <link href="http://www.Site.com/Blog/how-to-know-when-this" rel="canonical" /> Is it ok if this is on the page it is pointing to? Also I'm putting it on all these ...
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Best SEO practices for mobile URLs: 301, rel=canonical, or something else?

I am developing a site with a mobile version and am trying to figure the appropriate way to manage the URLs for search engines. So far I've considered: Having a separate mobile site (m.example.com) ...
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Pagination, Duplicate Content, and SEO

Please consider a list of items (forum comments, articles, shoes, doesn't matter) which are spread over multiple pages. Different sort orders are supported (by date, by popularity, by price, etc). ...
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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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How to use Canonical and Original-Source Correctly, on multilingual website?

was wondering wether searchengines index this correctly in a multilingual website: Currently, the htaccess eats nice urls on pages like /de/somepage and rewrites them invisibly to /somepage?ln=de so ...
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Subdomain as home page

I'm looking at how best to launch a project using subdomains to create around 10 'minisites' of sufficiently differing content using the subdomain as branding. There will never really be much content ...
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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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SEO: adding an unecessary description key in dynamic url is it good or not?

in the typical DB driven cms/ecommerce site you will have items pages at urls in some form similar to: http://www.domain.com/item.php?id=36 1) Is it good for SEO purpose to add a sort of ...
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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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Should a canonical URL be search engine friendly?

I'm using Drupal with search engine friendly URLs. The way Drupal works is that there's two ways to reference a node with SEF URLS switched on: The SEF way, eg. ...
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SEO: 301 redirects and canonical tag

from the book "Art of SEO": 301s carry cross-domain functionality, meaning you can redirect a page at Domain1.com to Domain2.com and carry over those search engine metrics. This is not ...
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How to use rel='canonical' properly

I have 3 URLS that serve the same data: www.example.com/product/foo www.example.com/product/foo?id=1 www.example.com?product=foo For Google's sake I want the URL www.example.com/product/foo to be ...