I am working with my developer to redesign my image macro (meme) generator website. I am concerned about semi-duplicate and paginated pages appearing in the search index and would appreciate your views on whether the following usage is correct.
The site creates pages such as newest memes, trending memes, top voted memes etc whcih are paginated but obviously link to different images (links) Each category/section has about 2,500 of these pages each containing about 25 images. I have modified titles and meta descriptions to avoid duplicates eg. Newest memes page 2 etc. But on the current site all these subpages appear on the index which looks messy, and I don't find much reason the SE will point users to newest memes page 6 for example.
For these I am contrmplating using for all pages after page 1 so that only Newest memes will appear in the index (page 1) but links to individual images will be crawled by the search engines.
Another issue is that for the individual meme or character (template page) the upper half of the page always remains the same with the most functionality, but we have added a "related images" module to these pages with pagination for user experience. The issue now is that the site has originalmemelink/2, original memelink/3 etc for many pages and the same for character(template page) Since these pages will essentially be duplicates except the related memes module I was considering adding where the canonical url points to the main (first) page for the meme or character page.
All pagination is loaded via javasript when the user clicks on a page number but the actual link to the page URL is not displayed in pagination. It only appears in browser after the user clicks on the page.
My question is this: Is my current usage appropriate for the categories pages and the indicidual pages? Would it be better to also apply Noindex to the individual meme and template pages after page 1 or is the canonical better as they contain almost duplicate content? Will using the canonical tag still allow these subpages to be indexed or divert link juice from the main meme or trmplate page? Are there any negative effects in terms of SEO caused by such an implementation? I look forward to your responses.