I have an existing canonical URL in the form
http://example.com/page1 for a page called
http://example.com/page1.html and use
.htaccess to rewrite the URL of anything without an extension so it ends in
However, I want to create a new page which can be accessed as either
http://example.com/page1-alternative-name (or the .html versions of either).
Can I add a canonical URL for this alternative name, but have google & other search engines index it under both names, but recognize both as the same page with the same rank/SEO result, and combined webmaster stats?
If a canonical URL should not be used will the
.htaccessaccess rewrite rule alone by enough to allow search engines to recognize non-duplicate content with alternative names? Is there something I can do to flag this alternative name like
Page names and given SEO weight and certain terms/phrases have multiple preferred terms (this is not some kind of keyword stuffing).
So far from reading many answers here I can see multiple canonicals are allowed, but cannot find anything similar to this situation.