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Questions tagged [canonical-url]

For webpages which may duplicate some or all of their content with other pages (for legitimate reasons), the canonical URL is the URL of the page which search engines should link to. This tag is used for canonical 301 redirects and other methods. See the [rel-canonical] tag for more information on rel="canonical".

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Self-referring canonicals not being picked up by Google but can be seen in crawlers, and inspect tool

My client previously had issues with their self-referring canonicals not set up correctly. After they implemented the corrections, I verified the changes through a combination of methods. I conducted ...
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Search Console reports successful Page fetch on pages that do not exist

Here's a grammatically corrected version of your text: Hi, Almost 2 years ago, we migrated from Joomla CMS to Wordpress. On our old Joomla website, we used to have URLs such as: mywebsite.com/cat1/...
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Canonical setup for duplicate content with service areas

I'm relatively new to SEO and would like to make sure I understand canonicals and website layouts correctly. I'm working on a site for "Bob's Pest Control, Plumbing, and Pizza Delivery" that ...
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indexation and Canonical URL Issue with Personal GitHub-hosted Site on Google Search

I encountered an issue with my personal site hosted on GitHub, as it does not appear in Google search results. Upon investigating Google Search Console, I received the message: "The page is not ...
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Google flags url parameter search pages as duplicate and unindexable despite unique content

My dynamic search pages are marked as duplicate content by Google (Alternate page with proper canonical tag) even though the content on the pages is different. Each page is on a single URL with ...
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.htaccess redirect from HTTP to HTTPS and add canonical

I am having a few problems with Google search console not validating any of my self hosted WordPress blog pages and I have tracked it down to (I think!) a redirect from HTTP to HTTPS. This is my ....
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hreflang unique situation

i have a unique situation for my international site. I have pricing visable on the EU,UK,CA,US stores and no pricing on the rest of world store. so my plan is to make the international store the main ...
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Canonicalize products to category?

There is an ecommerce site, a category and products. Some few products are top, most other products are so-so. Is it a good idea to canonicalize so-so products to category? Like this Category: https:/...
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SEO management in Google Search Console for a non-english version of a website

I have a website example.com made with docusaurus. Initially, the website was in English. Several months ago, I added the Chinese version with i18n. All the chinese pages are under zh-CN; so a page ...
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Client's Website Was Hacked and 316K Fake URLs Submitted to GSC

First, I wish you all a pleasant weekend. I have a unique situation. My client's website was hacked before working with me, and now I'm trying to fix it to the best of my abilities. We started working ...
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Duplicate, Google chose different canonical than user after redirecting to HTTPS and Non-WWW via HTACCESS

I have redirected the www version and http version to non-www and https so the URL will be like https://website.com using the following .htaccess code: RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTPS} off ...
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Is it okay to have <canonical> outside the <head> tag?

Is it completely fine to add rel=canonical tag outside the head section? I ran a website audit and the crawler highlighted the issue to have rel=canonical tag inside the head tag.
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Clicks into site dropped precipitously after internationalizing canonical URL

I went from 3k clicks/day to close to only a few hundred. I have 2 sites using the same canonical link generation code, only 1 has this problem (the other has a sitemap, any relevance?). I examined my ...
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Confused about " Duplicate without user-selected canonical"

I'm confused about this error in Google console. It's telling me 2 pages are not indexed because of Duplicate without user-selected canonical. Both are the same page though. It's the main page of the ...
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What does it mean, 404 page with noindex and non-self-referencing canonical?

I am confronted with a strange setup I never seen before - and I don't know, how to deal with it. Details: There is a bunch of no longer existing pages. All of them have Status code 404, Their ...
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Google forcing HTTP as canonical, despite rel tag linking to HTTPS and despite HSTS enforced for entire TLD

I have a small personal website with a .dev TLD, which has HSTS enforced across the entire TLD. So my site is entirely HTTPS with Let's Encrypt certs and all that fun stuff. This year I've been ...
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page not indexed - duplicate without user selected canonical

I have submitted sitemap to google and it keeps identifying unique product pages as duplicates. Can someone please explain why its happening and how to resolve them please. All the product pages are ...
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How to Solve Pages with Duplicate Meta Duplicate Tags & Content Error due to multilingual pages?

I am using one of popular SEO tool and it showing me error of duplicate meta tags and content for below type of URL structures (I am taking as example) and I am working for agency. www.example.com/abc/...
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Google is not choosing the canonical URL I chose

My website already has a canonical URL defined however in the Google Search Console it says that the canonical URL is the English page. How can I change this?
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Google Search Console indexing page as a separate page even though it was a <link rel="canonical"> in the header

I normally serve pages from my (static content) website without the .html extension in the URL. I recently had a bug in my web server's configuration for a couple days where it did serve pages with ...
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How to fix "no user selected canonical" on downloadable file [duplicate]

I have a pdf file liked to page. This can be downloaded. <a rel="noopener" target="_blank" title="opens in new window" href="https://example.com/files/...
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How to manage internal links using short alternate URLs when the canonical URLs are complex to generate?

I am working on an existing e-commerce website where the canonical URL for product pages are long and complex to generate, hyphenated, and ending by the product id: https://example.com/brand-model-and-...
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Canonical copy showing way above the original in search results

On February 1st, I uploaded a blog story to my personal website. On February 11th, it was indexed by Google. On February 13th, I uploaded the same story to Medium, with a canonical URL pointing to the ...
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301 Redirects & SEO

I'll keep it short and sweet. My website features a gallery set up as posts that showcase products on vehicles. Example 1: website.com/product-1-ford-f150/ Example 2: website.com/product-2-ford-f150/ ...
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Fixing duplicate without user-selected canonical in Blogger

I recently started blogging through blogger. On my Google Search Console account, I got the error "Duplicate without user-selected canonical" error. When I inspected the affected pages I ...
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What actually happen when you repost content on different platforms?

Here is my scenario. I have WebPage A it is published on my domain. I publish the same content on another site, this is WebPage B. I've added a canonical URL on WebPage B so that it shows to WebPage A....
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Optimizing URL Parameters for Google Search

My website isn't ranking great on Google, so I've been going through pages to see what I can optimize. I've come across one section of the website where there are 5 pages, but the url is dynamically ...
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Google Search Console diplaying my URLs are indexed but it is not showing in search result by parameter site: search [duplicate]

Can anyone provide the solution about this issue:
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Google chooses the home page rather than the language subdirectory to index and doesn't index any of the rest of the site

My website URL is text.example.com/en/ and the same URL is also defined in the canonical tag, but Google selects a different canonical URL by itself in which it does not include the language path so ...
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x-default hreflang and canonical

I have a hard time on how to choose the canonical meta tag reference in combination with hreflang references in the following scenario: The server chooses the approprate language for the user via ...
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Avoid duplicate content with rel=canonical

I have multiples pages that refer to the pretty similar content and I decided to set the rel="canonical" tag to let Google know what is the actual original content. I'm not sure though ...
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Index content if there are external duplicates

My website contains a large database which includes descriptions about thousands of products. These descriptions are already available on other websites so it's some kind of external duplicate content....
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The Google selected canonical for my website home page is an unrelated website to which I have no connection

I have created a small website named https://www.example.co.uk. I have managed to index the majority of pages on my website however the home page is not being indexed as Google is defining it as a '...
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Canonical or noindex for almost(80-90%) duplicate content?

I have a site where I provide solutions to problems/questions. In my CMS, the 'Question' and 'Solution' are two different content types. The solutions are embedded within the Question pages. For ...
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Https non www version of URL not indexed

My website's https://example.org version of link is not being indexed by google. My canonical address is set to https://example.org but when inspecting google search console Coverage, it shows that ...
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How to modify google selected canonical URL when the URL is not valid anymore

I am the owner of two domains, domain1.com and domain2.com, A canonical URL : domain2.com is selected by google for domain1.com while the url does not exist anymore, how to make Google re-select ...
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Ahrefs Orphan Page Error - SEO Friendly Pagination using JavaScript

One of my clients is a Cybersecurity startup company. We are using a custom built theme on Drupal. We have a well-designed internal link building architecture. We have about 600 blog articles. We are ...
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Should canonical links for pagination include the page number, or are they not needed at all when using rel=next and rel=prev?

I have set pagination on index page of my website so URLs are like https://www.example.com and https://www.example.com?page=2 and https://www.example.com?page=3 so on. I am little confused how should ...
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Can canonical tags on filter pages direct search engines to the main categories?

I'm working on a job board. The filters on the job board spawn around a million different category pages. I'm wondering if the best solution for potentially thin and/or duplicated pages is to use the ...
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What characters should be escaped in canonical url's?

Should I url-encode non-ascii characters in canonical url's? That is, should i use <link rel="canonical" href="https://www.example.com/öland"> ...or <link rel="...
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Creating a fixed Canonical URL with dynamic periodical content

I'm making a nextjs website that has multiple magazines with periodical issues using the following dynamic route structure: ~/magazines/[magazine-title]/[issue-no] so the URL ~/magazines/social-...
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Why are two completely different pages considered Duplicate without user-selected canonical?

I am working for an online casino, and the blog page is deemed Duplicate without user-selected canonical to the main casino page? The two pages are completely different and have nothing to do with ...
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Import Canonical URL for YOAST SEO using Database

Is there anyway to upload (import) a Canonical URL for YOAST SEO using Database (inject bulk method)? I'm quite confused as which table and field it used for the data in the database that use for ...
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Semrush says sitemap.xml contains an incorrect page due to non-canonical URL

I am having an issue with my home page or index.php page. When I set canonical to <link rel="canonical" href="https://example.com/" /> I get an SEO error from Semrush for ...
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CDN Relative Path Appearing as Canonical URL (Rank Math SEO)

I have 1300+ pages that have 'non-canonical pages in sitemap' issue based on Ahrefs. All of the canonical URLs are DNS URL like this. I would like to set the canonical URL to be the same as the URL's ...
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An entire language subdirectory is "duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical" in Google Search Console

I am currently facing a major issues as the German content of our website at /de/ is not being indexed. Here is the error from Google Search Console: Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as ...
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Why is Google seeing a redirected URL as canonical?

My client's site 301 redirects example.com to www.example.com However, Google Search Console is saying that example.com is the canonical version of the homepage. The homepage is performing terribly (...
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How to prevent URL variations from being indexed by Google

I have one login page but on google I see it duplicated. My website has login link in every post and the link is always followed by post id (it is to save the post so the user can get back to the post ...
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Canonical and Duplicate without user-selected canonical

I manage a website made up of HTML pages (as oppose to PHP). There is a .htaccess file that: adds www adds https hides the .html extension All of the current HTML pages have a line of code telling ...
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Canonicals and hreflang for regionalized pages

I have a website that offers different languages as well as pages suited for users in different regions. Imagine the following 4 pages: https://www.example.com/international/en/our-products/ https://...
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