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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Canonicalization effect on SERP

I have an established website with 1000's of links and good SERP for many of my pages. My Google Webmasters is now asking to solve an issue which is canonicalization. I prefer www.example.com and know ...
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Should I use a canonical tag on both Landing Page and Product Page of my E-commerce site?

I manage an e-commerce website that has both a landing page (designed to 'sell' the product/convince an upper-funnel customer to purchase) and a product page (obviously where you actually buy the ...
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Can rel canonical links be included in RSS feeds?

My client is asking me for something I never heard before - canonical links in an RSS feed. They are producing original content and are going to expose it via RSS so it can be syndicated by other ...
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How to specify the canonical URL for downloadable versions of the page (doc, pdf, txt, etc)

I've spent much time searching about the situation I'm in, before I post this question. I have a poetry page (working for it currently) and I want users to be able to download poem in PDF, DOC, and ...
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Canonical URL for a home page and trailing slashes

My home page could be potentially linked as: http://example.com http://example.com/ http://example.com/?ref=1 http://example.com/index.html http://example.com/index.html?ref=2 (the same page is ...
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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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Avoiding duplicate content when users choose the number of items per page

I have a website hosting thousands of photos that we taken in real life. My problem comes down to advanced pagination. Currently, I have the site divided into photo albums then galleries in each ...
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Does using IDs in the URL make Google view the URLs as duplicate?

In my site, I use query string for navigate between products. Example: /ProductView.aspx?ProductID=1 /ProductView.aspx?ProductID=2 /ProductView.aspx?ProductID=3 Am I faced with link duplicates ...
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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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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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Would a redirect from “/” to “http://www.mydomain.com” (to add the www) delist a site?

I am taking over a site for a client, and their SERP is very low for no obvious reason. I found that there is a 301 that looks like this: Redirect 301 / http://www.mydomain.org/ When I look at the ...
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How to let users know that the site is available over HTTPS?

My websites are now available over HTTPS, but I don't want to make that the default at this point: My canonical URLs are still HTTP and I'm not ready to make the SEO switch My certificates are SNI ...
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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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Identify “Large Number of Pages Pointing to the Same Canonical URL” source in Bing Webmaster Tools

I'm getting a "Large Number of Pages Pointing to the Same Canonical URL" for one of the websites in my Bing Webmaster Tools. The alert goes on to explain: Canonical tags can be used to help ...
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Why do two different +1 buttons on the same page but for different urls show the same counts?

The following buttons always display the same count (which is the count of the page without the querystring) despite being different urls: <div class="g-plusone" data-size="small" ...
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How do you share a non-canonical URL on Facebook?

The company I work for has 5 domain names for 5 different markets within the country. Those domains have their own branded sites and share content between them. We place canonicals on each piece of ...
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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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Should mobile webpages have hreflang links to non-mobile pages?

My site has multilingual links, which are specified like this on non-mobile pages: <link rel="alternate" hreflang="en" href="http://mydomain.com/page" /> <link rel="alternate" ...
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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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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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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 ...
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Should you noidex paginated pages or use rel=next/rel=prev

On out site we use pagination in two places: 1) Category Pages We have our articles segmented by category and each category has 100's of articles so we paginate at 10 articles per page. We use the ...
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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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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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Canonical and hreflang implementation for international desktop and mobile site versions

I have an interesting case and I am lost in it. There are two versions of the site: desktop and mobile. And there are also international versions: English and Spanish. I'm stuck at implementation of ...
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Change web folders names with uppercase to lowercase or not?

I have web directories with upper case letters and site is on Apache server. Example: www.example.com/ServiceTools/page.htm I have read that using upper case letters in folder name is bad practice ...
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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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Is it OK to have a case insensitive URI?

If I have a URL like /writes/about/star-wars, and it is also accessible to users by /wRitEs/ABOUT/star-WARS, is that considered another page? Is a page allowed to have any combo of upper/lower-case ...
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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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Why treat these as URLs with different path capitalization and trailing slash as different?

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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How to handle different images size and URL with SEO

I'm creating my own CMS, and I have to handle images with differentes sizes. I store all my image's information in a database. For every image, I have: a filename (with extension) a title an alt ...
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Canonical URLs for local versions of a webpage?

I'm currently looking to grow traffic on a consumer-facing reviews site (Like Yelp, but for the security industry). One strategy we are pursuing is to provide localized content based on the zip code ...
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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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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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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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changing URL format afftects SEO reputation and not considering 301 redirection

We had URL http://www.example.com/category/subcategory.html which changed to http://www.example.com/category/filter/cat/subcategory.html We did 301 redirection, updated canonical URL to new one also ...
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Beneficial to optimize rel=“canonical” pages as well as original?

For pages that have rel="canonical" and are duplicates of other pages on my site, does it make sense to optimize those pages? Would optimize the duplicate page with rel="canonical" in terms of the ...
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Canonical tags for separate mobile URLs

I have a Drupal website serving mobile pages from different urls (starting from /mobile). According to Google recommendations I should use the canonical tag to map desktop and mobile pages. Right ...
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Will canonical tag referencing unsecure HTTP URLs on a HTTPS page cause the unsecure message?

If a secure HTTPS page has a canonical tag referencing the HTTP version, will this cause the message in the browser that the page is using unsecure elements and prevent the green lock icon appearing? ...
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URL Rewrite with spaces or with -?

Which URL is more SEO? mydomain.com/category-name/article-name.html OR mydomain.com/category name/article name.html I have read some articles about URL Rewriting but there I can't find any ...
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Canonical link for sorting topics pages

Should I add the link rel="canonical" tag to sorting topics pages? StackExchange would be a good example for my question. Let's take these page as en example: ...
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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: ...
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Does noindex metatag have a negative effect on the canonical URLs PageRank?

A page has this URL: http://example.com/pages/some-page/ There's a pagination on this page which uses a GET parameter page which would result in URLs like: ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...