I'm planning to build an application which will end up displaying duplicate content.
app.domain.com/content/ID # Completely rendered on the client, behind a wall of JS
www.domain.com/content/ID # Server-rendered, SEO-friendly
app.domain.com I'll be serving a React SPA that renders completely on the client.
www.domain.com I'll be serving the same React application but rendered on the server, to improve SEO.
The content on both applications will be the same, but presumably the server-rendered version will have better SEO. To avoid duplicate content problems, I'll be following Google's "Consolidate duplicate URLs" guide. I will:
- Specify a preferred domain:
- Set a
rel=canonicalheader in my response for pages under
app.domain.com/content/IDpointing to the corresponding
Here is my question: which application's page speed counts towards SEO? Is it the page speed of the client-side rendered application (slow because of all the JS that needs to be downloaded in a blocking way) or is it the page speed of the server-render, SEO-friendly version?