I am working on a website where some pages link to a pdf. Here is the high-level description of the current set up:
Page A - This is a normal web page, lets say, a page that talks about instruction manuals for a particular piece of furniture, how rare they are, etc, and has a link to a PDF of the actual instructions for that piece (or multiple links if there are several versions). The URI of this page might be something like:
...and it would have links to one or more "Page B"
Page B - This is a "pdf viewer" page... basically has the site's header and footer, and in between is an iframe of the PDF using the google document viewer (the actual pdf is hosted on the main site, it just uses the google viewer to embed it). This page also contains a direct link to the pdf which would either open it in the browser or download it depending on the user and whatever client they use. Example URIs of these pages would be:
http://www.example.com/file/view/f?=xyz-assembly.pdf http://www.example.com/file/view/f?=xyz-maintenance.pdf http://www.example.com/file/view/f?=xyz-parts.pdf
Page C - We'll call the direct URI of the PDF "Page C". Each "Page B" would have a link to the direct pdf. Example URIs would be:
http://www.example.com/file/xyz-assembly.pdf http://www.example.com/file/xyz-maintenance.pdf http://www.example.com/file/xyz-parts.pdf
A few more assumptions:
- Page A is original content talking about the manuals, and linking to them. It is NOT a duplicate of the manual.
- The PDFs themselves have their own entries in the sitemaps.xml and have no issues getting indexed by the search engines.
- The UI is how it is, and it is how the customer wants it. This is not a question about the UI.
- On the direct link in Page B, to the actual PDF, Should I be using a
rel="canonical"meta tag, and if so, should it point to the actual PDF or should it point to the page A?
- On Page A - should there be any
relattribute on the link itself?
- Any other SEO factors I should consider with this type of set-up?
Thanks in advance and let me know if any further clarification is needed.