I have decided to create some subcategories to better separate the product, untill now(2 years) I only had the category with the brand name, but now I would like to add some subcategories:

  • Brand
    • Face
    • Body

and Google shows this as snippet:

www.example.com › Home › Area › Brand

My question is: how should I act to avoid google errors like duplicated content or similar? Should I remove all the products associated to the category Brand, link them to the subcategories and anchor to the parent? or should I leave the actual configugration and add noindex to the subcategory?

  • Why are you worried about duplicate content? Would putting products into a subcategory cause them to become available at an additional URL? Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 19:36
  • @StephenOstermiller That is what I was thinking, but meanwhile I have read some articles, I have added the canonical URL and pointed it to the "root" magento/product, then removed all the asssociated product from the parent category and added them to the sub ones. What was worrying me was the fact that the products are available from category/product and category/sub/product , but if I haven't undesrtood wrong the canonical url solve this problem, please correct me if I'm wrong
    – Razorphyn
    Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 19:59
  • Using meta canonical tags to set the preferred URL would solve the problem, yes. Feel free to answer your own question. :-) Commented Jan 6, 2015 at 20:17

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Solution: add the canonical URL to the product page and point it to the "root" magento/product.

Not sure if necessary, but probably yes for the sitemap: remove all the asssociated product from the parent category and add them to the sub ones.

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