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I have recently came across to an issue with "Alternate page with proper canonical tag" in Google Search Console.

I've got several pages that are been flagged here:

Here is an example:

The page that is being indexed is: domain.com/category/sub-category/my-article-about-food

The page that comes up under "Alternate page with proper canonical tag" is: domain.com/category/my-article-about-food

I can access both URLs, but both are the same identical single page, just accessed by a different URL. There are no duplicate pages. I'm guessing this happened when I was changing the page structure as one instance has the 'sub-category', the other doesn't.

But what do I do in this case? Should I just setup a 301 redirect from 'domain.com/category/my-article-about-food' to 'domain.com/category/sub-category/my-article-about-food' ?

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Setting up a 301 redirect in this case is a good move. It will help consolidate your link signals and focus them on the URL you prefer for ranking.

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Your indexed page is: domain.com/category/sub-category/my-article-about-food

The page that comes up under "Alternate page with proper canonical tag" is: domain.com/category/my-article-about-food

So you need to redirect it like this -

domain.com/category/sub-category/my-article-about-food --> 301 to domain.com/category/my-article-about-food

if redirect not possible than add 2nd URL as canonical to 1st URL.

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  • Thanks Ajit, but shouldn't I be redirecting the other way around?: /category/my-article-about-food => /category/sub-category/my-article-about-food
    – Joe Bloggs
    Commented Jun 14 at 23:14

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