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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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: http://superuser.com/questions/651591/...
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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 http://www.mydomain.com/my-landing-...
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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 ...
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Is this a proper way to deal with near duplicate content?

I have a website which used to have 22.000 pages with near duplicate content. Of course, this has become a Panda issue. These pages are now gone from my site and the Google index. I have decided to ...
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canonical rel tag and 301 redirect loop?

I'm working with an e-commerce platform and I'm not sure about the behaviour of the canonical rel tag after changing some URL keys. This is the specific situation: old_url.html -> redirects to -> ...
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Canonical links for huge websites

Let's say I have 5 products that are identical but the product code, the product color specifications and the product image. The title, meta and description are identical (by the way the color is in a ...
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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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Should limitstart=0 should be 301 redirected or have canonical tag to it

i have multiple categories with pagination. wherein limitstart=0 are there and is similar like category home page Wondering, should a 301 redirect through htaccess is advisable or shall i apply ...
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Are testing website URLs considered duplicate content and do they trigger penalties?

I have a website with several thousand pages and I generate a small version of it (100 pages) which I upload to a temporary testing.mywebsite.com URL for testing purposes. Yet, it could be seen as ...
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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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How does Google treat hash fragment inside a canonical URL

I have seen many websites using slugs in their URL to boost SEO such as this: http://example.com/article/1543/how-to-boost-seo/ I was thinking if I could do something like this instead: http://...
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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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Order of content on a Page=all page

We have a holiday property rental site that has numerous pages, each showing 10 properties. We have a Page=all page that shows all the properties and that is a canonical link from each of the sub-...
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What's the difference between nofollow and canonical?

I'm confused about the difference between rel="nofollow" and rel="canonical". I currently use nofollow for any links that I do not want followed (for example rubbish content but small importance) and ...
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How do I properly deal with duplicate content when showing the latest content from my blog on a main page?

If my website has multiple blogposts: /blog/first-post.html /blog/second-post.html /blog/third-post.html ... and I want only the latest post to be fully shown on /blog/ What is the best way to ...
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Can I use rel=“canonical” on div?

I have a page which displays summary versions of content from other pages on the site. The page is essentially a category directory, it's links to other pages followed by a summary of that page. I've ...
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My Domain Name Appears Twice in Most of My URLs

I've recently been adding some backlinks to other articles within my site. I don't know if it's this that is now causing me a problem. I now notice that Google has indexed my sites pages again but ...
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Confusion for specifying rel=“canonical” for pages

I read this link & even this also, but I am still confused. That's why I plan to ask here, Please confirm me with your answer. My doubt is I have two pages: GridViewPage.php & ListViewPage....
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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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Is it possible to use canonical tag in Blogger posts?

I found one of my blog post was cached by Google (www.example.com/post.html). I found that comment page of the post was also cached (www.example.com/post.html?showComment=1372054729698). These two ...
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Canonical redirection meta tag [duplicate]

There are two pages in my website with the same content; only the URL's are different: www.websitename.com and www.websitename.com/default.html. Someone suggested that I should add canonical tags to ...
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HTTP/HTTPS duplicate content 301 vs canonical

I thought I would ask a question as the amount of different sources that say this is right or that isn't right is unbelievable. Let me tell you my situation, at the moment, my boss wanted me to add ...
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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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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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Should I add a trailing slash to my canonical link or not?

I'm just working through some PHP to set up a canonical link for each page on one of my websites and I'm wondering what's the correct link for the home page: Is it: <link rel="canonical" href="...
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How to prevent duplicate content penalty in this special case

I am building a micro-blogging page where everyone can post about everything and it's shown on some kind of a post-it-wall. Older posts disappear fast (depending how much is posted, of course). ...
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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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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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Does a plain vanilla site benefit from a “canonical” directive?

So I thought I knew what "canonical" was for. As I understood it (and to be fair, most of the examples on the web) it avoids search engines seeing foo.htm and foo.htm?parameter=1 as duplicate ...
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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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Google not indexing/updating rel=“canonical” pages

I had same content with different links and I wanted to prioritize the indexing of different webpages. For example /A/1232 and /A/1232/tum_bin_jiya_jay represent same content but I wanted to give ...
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Should rel=canonical point to page one of a set and still have rel=prev/next on the page as well?

I've got a page which displays search results and I've added rel=prev and rel=next meta tags to the page to cover the paging. However, someone is saying I should also add a rel=canonical tag to the ...
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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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Why does Google Cache show our G+ page and not the correct page?

For some reason when we try and view the cached version of our website, we see our Google plus page. We recently removed this code : <link rel="canonical" href="link to our g+ page">. We ...
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Right canonical pages for encylopedia-style site

I have a website that contains a lot of short (150 word) descriptions of key concepts. The concepts are organised hierarchically so a description of Cheese will be a subsection under the heading "Milk ...
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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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Is it valid to have 2, 3, or more canonical tags?

I have seen a major website have more than 2 canonical tags on certain pages. Here's the page URL: http://www.example.com/en_GB/shop/details.cfm?R=PRODUCT23:en_GB Here's the first canonical ...
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falling down Google ranking with canoncial tags and Google site verification

Recently I released this site live, which is a small brochure site for a local catering company. I took the time to add a canonical <link> tag and also verify the site with Google, so the ...
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Single-page-apps and alternate / canonical URLs for mobile websites

I have a "normal" website and I am currently developing a mobile version of the site. Because of the complexity of the shown information, I am using a separate domain (mysite.mobi) and no responsive ...
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Are there any possible pitfalls/issues that can arise from URL rewrites?

I'm in the process of move a website for a client, utilizing a new theme. Usually this is straightforward enough but some of the base category URLs they use are mess and they would also like to be ...
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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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What Google will do while switching from 301/404 to 200?

Imagine a pagination script with 20 total pages: articles.php?page=18 What should I do when some third party web site links to a non-existent page? articles.php?page=21 (page 21 is out of ...
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Pagination for product listing, what to use? “canonical” or “rel-prev-next” or do nothing?

I want to make sure my product listing is 10 products per page which are not in a series (link). They have explained how to use canonical or rel prev for pagination when a long page has been divided ...
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pagination and duplicate content with one paragraph in each page with totally different listing

I have a module in my site which can be accessed like sitename.com/module/ This module has pagination. In the first page i have two paragraphs which describe about the site. This will appear in all ...