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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Mark-up for desktop and separate mobile version of site, can they be used cross domain?

When there is a separate mobile version of a site on a different URL to the main site, Google suggests to use their Annotations for desktop and mobile URLs. On the desktop page, add: <link rel=...
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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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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: http://www.example....
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should you rel=“nofollow” on links which go to non-canonical pages [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should <a> tags with href=“#” use rel=“noindex, nofollow”? If I have a page http://www.example.com/blog/mypost/?section=attractions which has in it's HEAD <link ...
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My WordPress site must be being affected by outside sources

Some of my pages are resulting in 310 errors (too many redirects). We recently switched domains from kgstiles.com to healthmasterysystems.com then discovered healthmasterysystems.com was listed as not ...
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How to resolve canonical issue of a website hosted in yahoo small business (Shared Hosting)

I have a website www.myapp.com hosted in yahoo small business, which is shared hosting and I don't have access to .htaccess file to modify. I called up yahoo team regarding the issue But It cannot be ...
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Is there a way to do a site-wide 301 redirect or rel=“canonical”

I've got a blog running on a sub domain mirrored using this method on to a sub directory, so that the links come to my main domain not the sub domain.. Obviously this creates duplicate content. What ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 http://apkapp.in/software/view/...
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Duplicate meta tags issue despite having “rel='canonical'” tag

I'm getting more and more duplicate meta tags alerts on Google Webmaster tools everyday. It's a blog and I have setup rel='canonical' tags long before and they are showing up correctly. http://www....
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Managing duplicate URLs on e-commerce site with canonical URL and Google Analytics

On my e-commerce site I have products which may belong to multiple categories at the same time. Product URL contains categories, so depending on how customer came to the page, we are displaying ...
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Does SEO value pass through canonical links pointing to another domain?

I have a relatively new price aggregation website (online for about one month). Part of it was also adapted (custom header/footer) and included into an older site, on a different domain, which already ...
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Chain canonical from mobile to desktop site

I have a mobile site today with rel=canoncial to my desktop site. I was wondering if anyone knows / have a good theory how search engines handles the following scenario. mobile.example.com?sort=asc -...
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Canonical link or block in robots.txt for duplicate content across domains?

I've built a WordPress multisite for a dealership which has different franchises, ie Honda and BMW. Each franchise has its own website which have a used section, with identical content on them all for ...
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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 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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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 link-http://www....
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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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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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Canonical URL for paged results pages

If you use a canonical url meta tag on a paged result page, will Google still link to it when a keyword is found? I have a forum which has multiple pages for each topic. 10 posts per page. When I ...
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SEO impact of redirecting high ranking mirror site to the main website

During SEO audit for a client I noticed that they had over a dozen duplicate websites that are carbon copies of the main website. This was done via CMS platform and DNS. One of the mirror sites has ...
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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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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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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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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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Using rel=canonical for subsection of pages

I have a page and I am kind of split between having a big page with lots of related contents or split into smaller pages. Creating smaller pages will result in thin content which is not liked well by ...
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How should cross site canonical meta links be placed? Should they be different per page and should they go on the canonical domain itself?

I have a website available via www.mydomain.com that is also available via svr7464z.vps.hostingcompanycom. The content is 100% identical, it's a mirror. I don't want search engines to know about ...
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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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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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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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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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Avoid SEO loss after URL structure change

We recently re-wrote our site from Umbraco to WordPress. This has been done by third-party developers. I have been the project manager and it is my mistake that I haven't notice the change of URLs ...