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Specifying a canonical on the filter pages to the parent (non-filter) page is perfectly fine but you can also serve a meta noindex, nofollow on these filter pages as well and instruct Google what to do with these filter URL's (if they contain parameters) from the section of Google WMT you've already mentioned. Disallowing them in robots.txt is also another ...


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With addition to PatomaS response. Not only would using rel=canonical be incorrect but you could also cause serious SEO issues and maybe un-indexing of some webpages via google. For example, you have a webpage a.com/abc and you have a webpage called a.com/adc you put rel=canonical on a.com/abc pointing to a.com/adc and a.com/adc points to itself you are ...


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The reason to use the rel=canonical shouldn't be the term users use to get to the site, but the content. If each page has different content and/or different reason to exist, like index and content, then there is no need for canonical, even more, it's use would be incorrect, semantically speaking. What you should do, for instance, is improve the product ...


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The fact that these pages may be competing against each other is worrying. rel="canonical" will help you towards that. If you have 3 pages alike for example, and use this in 2 of them, only one will rank. There's many different ways to go about product variations. In my opinion, it would be better to list these 3 products all within one page, for example: ...


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Use rel=canonical when you have pages with small variations. I have an eshop for rubber stamps and each stamp can have a different color. Selecting a different color changes the anchor link, which means that it is a slightly different url. I would use rel=canonical in this instance - I really have a single page that has major value to the visitor, the ...


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...the product pages doesn't seem to rank in search engines. Setting a rel="canonical" is unlikely to help your ranking if you aren't currently being ranked already. Setting a rel="canonical" tag informs search engines which of the two (essentially duplicate) pages should appear in search engine results (SERPs). If you don't specify this then the ...



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