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What I don't know is whether it also blocks the URL from showing up in search results, or just that particular content with that URL. If you have a noindex robots tag then the URL should not appear in the search results. (It should be noted, however, that if you block the crawling of this URL, eg. with robots.txt, then Google won't be able to see the ...


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In the Google database, the single most important table of the schema is the document table which hosts the URL and document id. All other database tables and data elements rely completely on this. While there is a unique document id (allows for a smaller index size), the URL uniquely identifies a page since there cannot be two pages on any given URL. ...


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My answer to your question is go with #3. Don't use rel=canonical. I can't see a case where rel=canonical can help because you're not producing duplicate content. Based on your comment to your question, it sounds like you want smaller (archive) pages that link to the larger detailed pages. What you want to watch out for is the amount of content. If you ...


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"archived pages" - a page that contains a list of titles/excerpts linking to other pages. Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see how the rel=canonical tag is even relevant here? Isn't this the canonical page? Or can the page be changed/sorted/rearranged by a URL parameter or something? IMO the canonical tag should be simply omitted in this case. I ...


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A 404 code is generally good when pages are meant to be unavailable, but if you need to permanently have a page unavailable (aka gone for good), you need to use the 410 error code which means GONE. When google comes across pages with status 404, it will retry scanning the page later at some point because it means the page is not found. When google comes ...


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Short answer. Having thin content will hurt you even with enough pages that are not thin. However, Google at least understands that this happens for some sites such as e-commerce and is a bit more forgiving generally. So just a few pages here and there will not hurt, however, it would be better that all pages that Google indexes should be quality or at least ...



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