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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Schemaless URLs in canonical tags

Is it a problem to put a schemaless URL in a canonical tag? Example: page URL is http://example.com while canonical tag is <link rel="canonical" href="//example.com" />.
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alternate vs. canoncial, which has preference?

I read https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/139066 but still would like to 'double check'. Following situation: Webshop with 3 languages (German, French, English). Every page has the ...
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Does Content Syndication to a Microblogging websites help in Link building?

Let say I've a blog and a medium.com account. Now, I use an API and syndicate all my blog content to medium.com with rel=canonical tag. Does this helps in Brand Reputation Building? Does this helps ...
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Many user-created sites/pages and subdomains. SEO questions for primary domain

My site allows people to create free websites and provides them with a subdomain link to their site. For example, a user bsmith will end up with a site at bsmith.example.com, and pages like bsmith....
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Should a canonical URL include tracking URL parameters (e.g. “_utm” parameters)?

I need to add canonical URL meta tags to our website. The general way to do this should include any URL parameters, but is this true for tracking parameters too, such as utm_ parameters? I ask partly ...
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Canonical tag not getting honoured or is it?

I realise this is a topic which has probably been covered to infinity, however I have my own little question so hope the mods wont mind me opening a new threat on canonical issues. I have a post on ...
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Canonical Tags and, 301 and Legacy/Old format URLs indexed

I have posted another question too which is related, but separate. Removing old format URLS This question is slightly confusing because I changed the domain. Previously, we were running the site at ...
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SEO - Canonical Tags and, 301 and Product Variations

My website has undergone many changes over the past 10 years, as I guess most have, rankings have dropped and over the past few months I have been working on the site and CMS a lot to improve it, but ...
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Data disappears from Google Webmaster Tools after configuring a canonical URL in my site

I have a website, let's say www.example.com, that I added to Google Webmaster Tools without establishing any preferred domain. A couple of months ago, we decided to configure our site to establish ...
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Branded organic traffic to pages having canonical tags to other domain, possible?

There are two sites/domains: old and new one, they both use the same structure and content. I want a new site to get all the organic traffic except branded organic traffic of the old site, that the ...
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Crawl Budget economy: what to do with URLs with tracking parameters?

So, a site has inbound links to a lot of important pages and these links have URL parameters. These URL parameters are basically used just for tracking purposes, similar to the way Amazon links to its ...
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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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Is it an SEO problem to link to short URLs that redirect to canonical URLs but put the canonical URLs in the sitemap?

I have a URL that I have added to my sitemap that reflects a health-tip entity http://www.example.com/health-tips/232344/this-is-perfect-for-your-health where 232344 is the id of the entity. ...
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Can I declare a duplicate page via javascript for google?

Most sources of documentation state that one can declare a webpage a duplicate of another by applying this tag on the duplicate page: <link rel="canonical" href="(absolute URL to original page)"&...
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Does it matter what url the canonical url is?

In Magento you can setup the canonical url for every product to domain.tdl/product-name.html. But there is no link to this URL on our whole shop site. In most cases these products are in one category....
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E-Commerce category filters, rel=canonical and SEO

Concise Question How should I, from an SEO standpoint, handle categories on an e-commerce site that may, at any given point, become very thin, containing very few products, then later grow to be a ...
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301 redirect or canonical

I'm launching version 2 of my site. It has a new url structure, but largely the same contents. I have around 500+ content pages that gets affected. This is a custom build and I have no technical ...
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What should I use for a canonical URL for a search page that has a few search options?

I read this post here: What is a best canonical URL for a search result page? and I have search page which can set more than one item like this: example.com/search/index.php?keywords=...
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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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How to track clicks on inbound links besides via URL parameters?

We use a custom CMS on a site and we're having various parameters on inbound links for own tracking and inbound marketing purposes. Usually these URL parameters are added to the links so the system ...
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AMP Content and Domains

apologies if this is known science around the web mastering community, I haven't had to worry about content in a number of years and don't know where to start :) I'm considering implementing Google's ...
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Landing page on multi language site: Canonical AND x-default

I read so many tutorials about canonical and alternate x-default, but I am still not a 100 per cent sure if this is correct: I have a multi language page that is structured like this: https://www....
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Posting same content on two different domains

Just a quick question can I post the same content on two different domains and do a canonical to the primary domain from second domain without my primary domain getting penalized for duplicate content?...
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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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Handling Duplicate Content & Pagination with Category Description

I have an ecommerce site with paginated product categories. I would like to add a description for each category to improve the "thin content" problem ecommerce pages generally have. I would like ...
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Should rel=canonical be used for discount deals copy and pasted to new webpages?

We have a discount deal website like Groupon. When we have a new deal contract with our old business owner we have to copy and paste the details from the last deal into a new webpage for the new deal. ...
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URLs with trailing questionmark (?)

I understand that URLs with or without trailing slash are considered two different resources and therefore we should use redirects to tell Google which one is the canonical one. But what about ...
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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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Do any important SEO robots (such as search engine crawlers) rely on IP addresses anymore to identify websites?

Currently, I have it where anyone who attempts to access my server IP address as a website (example: http://nnn.nnn.nnn.nnn) will be redirected to a domain name with the original request URI appended. ...
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Do I need to put rel=“canonical” in the original page?

To other pages, with the same content, I need to put rel="canonical" in the link tag to prevent duplication. <link href="https://example.com/original-page.html" rel="canonical"> My question, ...
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How to use HTTPS canonical link tag in Blogger blog?

Look out, Google official security blog - http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com Above blog forced user to visit https link (without using any kind of JS), but normal Blogger blog serve both ...
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SEO and canonical links

I've a site abc.com where the content is being served from a frame hosted at def.com. Since, the content is hosted at def.com, the microdata information is not available on abc.com. Currently, I've ...
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Rel Canonical for multiple versions of pagination for desktop and mobile

My website is primarily a photo gallery presentation site where the photo thumbnails (that link to the photos) are divided into pages. To maintain compatibility for all users, I give them the option ...
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Should URL paths be case sensitive?

My website's URLs are currently case-insensitive. For example, both of the following links show the exact same page: http://example.com/about http://example.com/About However, taking a look at the ...
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How much time does it take Google to learn from 301 and canonical? [duplicate]

I recently setup a new domain for my blog - and in an attempt to maintain rankings, I setup (a) HTTP 301 redirects from my old pages to the new ones (b) also updated a backup copy of my blog that was ...
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Should I use a 301 redirect for inbound discount offer links?

We have discount links like example.com/alex10 that set a discount in the session and show the homepage as normal (with a tiny adjustment to say "£10 credit applied"). When we initially set this up ...
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4 URLs lead to the same page content, are 301 redirects better or setting rel canonical better?

All the following pages have the same exact content: http://www.example.com/seo-url (rel canonical URL) http://www.example.com/ID1234 http://www.example.com/content/ID1234 http://www.example.com/...
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How to prevent duplicate pages with different URL slugs on my Cold Fusion site?

My programer has made my website in Cold Fusion and the URLs are like http://www.example.com/article.cfm/articleid/12345/seo-keyword-title but the problem is the page opens even if the (seo-...
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SEO Canonical tag for multiple website

I have two websites following website: abc.com having canocial tag abc.com and i implemnted 301 redirect to abc.ca. abc.ca having canocial tag abc.ca Problem is that when we search abc on ...
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hreflang values for domain hacks

My publisher site uses a domain hack (not included in the ccTLDs treated as generic). I understand that Matt Cutts and Google have made statements on foreign ccTLDs trying to target other audiences: ...
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Redirect URL to the same page with parameter

I have this url in my blog: http://www.myweb.com/ and would like to change into: http://www.myweb.com/?lang=en all the URl, of course, in the same page = index.php I need to use param lang=en to ...
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When a website has two listings in a Google search result page, is that hurting rankings?

I have an insurance website. When I search something like "car insurance", my website appears twice. www.example.com www.example.com/car-insurance From a SEO point of view, I imagine this dilutes ...
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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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Do query string case differences affect whether a URL is Canonical?

If I have two URL's where the only difference is the case of the query string: http://example.com?param=TEST http://example.com?param=test Are they both considered equal by search engines? I know ...
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Multiple galleries on one page

I have multiple popup galleries that are all located in one page (homepage, to be exact). Each gallery is represented by a logo. Once the user clicks on one of the gallery logos, Javascript kicks in ...
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How duplicate must two pages be in order for one to require rel=canonical?

I've been reading up on: <link rel="canonical" href="(original url)"> And one thing that I'm trying to figure out is the lowest percent of duplication must any two pages need to be in order ...
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What should the canonical URL be when users can filter on multiple categories at once?

I'm totally revamping my site's URL structure and have now defined the following structure of URLs to prevent duplicate content (in which the /c/ part in the URL determines that a country filter is ...
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Prevent bing from crawling thousands of essentially identical pages?

I have a web page with a dozen tables of data on it, each with half a dozen columns. Every table can be sorted by a column by clicking on the relevant header, and these get appended to the ...
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Which URL(s) do I choose for one product with different colours?

I read that it is best practices that if you have a product that comes in 3 colours to have one URL for the product, and then to have a dropdown with all the colours that it comes in? For example if ...
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Using canonical links to eliminate “similar” search results in google

In our site, we have links as such: /{{category-name}}.html - will display all products /category-name/filters/{{some-filter}}.html - will display filtered products The problem we are facing is ...