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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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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Applying hreflang and canonical to a website with multiple domains and subfolders with different languages

Currently I have a website with multiple domains, each domain for a specific language. However, I also have sub folders with each language. For example: www.en_site.example/en www.en_site.example/fr ...
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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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Google choosing mobile page as canonical despite canonical tags pointing to the desktop page

I have already given canonical tags for mdot & desktop pages, I also have amp pages. Google give an error as Duplicate submitted URL as not canonical. Alternate tags for Mdot pages are given, ...
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UUID or SLUG first in the url for better ranking? Does it change with canonicals?

I'm faced with a decision with creating my paths and not sure which would have the best ranking approach. example.com/product/[slug]-[uuid] example.com/product/[uuid]-[slug] example.com/product/[slug]...
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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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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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hreflang and canonical tag for new country specific website - different base domain

I have a little different situation compared to most other questions which asks for hreflang and canonical tags for country specific version of websites. This is an SEO related question and I was ...
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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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Can I have separate url in internal navigation of website and Sitemap?

I have not so SEO friendly url structure in my internal navigation of website(some technical challenges) but marked each of the page with SEO friendly canonical(through CMS) and these canonicals are ...
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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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Updating all website url to contain a slash at the end

For some technical reasons, one of the websites I am currently working with have to change it's url pattern from www.example.com/about to www.example.com/about/ This website is already indexed by ...
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sitemap and canonical url for website that has only one page: "index.html" hosted using GitHub Pages

I have the almost same question as this: How do I correctly add index page to xml sitemap - do I need a canonical expression? But I am confused with the accepted answer, as for my case, the website ...
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How to choose canonical when one desktop URL is broken up into several mobile URLs?

I have an adaptive website, and in the mobile version, we put the same data as the desktop version, but in special tabs which are accessible via route URL change. For example, we have the profile ...
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URL is not duplicate but Google set it as duplicate and choose other URL as canonical [duplicate]

I set the canonical for each URL on website, they are all unique. But Google set 1000 links on my site as duplicate and choose different URL as canonical. How do I fix this issue? There are many links,...
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Why is "User-declared canonical" URL different between "GOOGLE INDEX" versus "LIVE TEST" in Google Search Console?

I work on a site that has experienced a drop in search traffic lately. On digging into it, we've noticed that our recent content isn't getting indexed. When I check some of the URLs for new content in ...
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How to deal with data-sheet and product PDFs which are repeated over the web?

What is the proper way to deal with a situation where a company (acme.com) is selling and implementing certain kinds of gadgets? Each product has its own dedicated HTML product page, with only general ...
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Adding Canonical Tags Using Openelement

It appears that this format is generally found when adding canonical tags to a webpage <link rel="canonical" href="https://example.com" /> However, using Open element the ...
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Using hreflang and canonical in multilingual pages with untranslated content

Problem I've been looking through questions on this forum (mostly old) but found conflicting information. I have a bilingual website (Thai and English) with some pages having untranslated content (let'...
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On "staging.example.com" list "example.com" in the href for rel=canonical

On my staging subdomain I want to make the canonical URL for each page the URL of the page on my main site. My CMS is WordPress. I want to do this so that if Google crawls my staging site I won't risk ...
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Canonical after updating to pretty urls

I just updated my site to use pretty URL structures. Old URL: https://digimoncard.io/deck/?deckid=1241 New URL: https://digimoncard.io/deck/green-otk-1241 I've set up my SEO like so: <meta ...
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Robots.txt not blocking yet GSC URL Inspection Tool says it is

Recently I realized Disallow /was set on my staging sites. I didn't realize until I got a warning in Search Console... Mistakes happen I've removed the directive and cleared all caches at least 10 ...
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Should I keep content="index, follow" on pages where I have canonical to another site

I have a URL on website A that contains content from website B. On-site A at the moment we include canonical that shows site B and at the moment we do not include this URL into site A sitemaps. ...
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How does google handle dead canonical links?

Google recommends adding link-rel-canonical tags for pages with duplicate content, but before this was the standard, duplicate pages are used for mirroring websites to ensure information availability ...
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Does www and non-www suffer duplicate content penalty?

Do you know if I should use <link rel="canonical" tag, or 301 redirect from: http://example.com to http://www.example.com ...to avoid a duplicate content penalty in case other pages link to the ...
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URL redirection for duplicate content

I have submitted a site to Google and a lot of pages which I was never aware of, got indexed. These are duplicate contents: Example: site.com/photos-menu/content/photos1/?start=210 site.com/photos-...
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Backlinks and Cross-Domain Canonical

I have two domains let say a.com and b.com I'm doin SEO for a.com and got many quality backlinks to it, but now I want to change domain to b.com and I'm using cross-domain canonical so a.com still can ...
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Google-selected canonical is my original site rather than my multilingual site

Google-selected canonical is my original site rather than my multilingual site! I built a website www.example.com, then I made it a multilingual site, with an "en" at the end. (original ...
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Google Search Console error: Alternate page with proper canonical tag

The content of my site is completely unique, but for a few days now, Google has been showing an error for some pages of the site that have good rankings: Alternate page with proper canonical tag The ...
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Get Google to re-evaluate thousands of pages that it excluded because of an errant canonical that is now fixed?

Due to an error in my website header canonical tag, Google marked 7,000 pages which is half of my website as Excluded on Google Console. I fixed the error but it is still showing all of those pages as ...
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What to do when you have sitemap.xml AND canonical url?

On a project, there is two different URL, that has a lot of the same content. As an example, let's say: https://first-url.example/text/my-post https://second-url.example/text/my-post The https://...
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Pointing one subdomain to another subdomain of different domain for a website hosted in aws

I am trying to point a subdomain app.domain1.com to app.domain2.com, where I want to serve the content of domain2 without changing the URL domain1 in the browser address bar. I have added a cname ...
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Hundreds of very similar pages, but that make sense for the user. SEO damage?

On my website, from a user point of view, it makes sense to have these pages: https://www.example.com/is-730-a-good-score https://www.example.com/is-731-a-good-score https://www.example.com/is-732-a-...
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Canonical URL for a home page and trailing slashes

My home page could be potentially linked as: http://example.com http://example.com/ http://example.com/?ref=1 http://example.com/index.html http://example.com/index.html?ref=2 (the same page is ...
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*Example* Is this the correct use of hreflang & canonical reference

Not to pick on Xero, but I'm wondering if this is a good example of hreflang & canonical use. https://www.xero.com/uk/resources/small-business-guides/ https://www.xero.com/nz/resources/small-...
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Which Google Sites URL is shown by google results: default or custom domain?

About custom domain on Google sites, let's assume that we have this configuration : Default domain: https://sites.google.com/view/example-com Custom domain: http://example.com After publication and ...
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How to fix duplicate content caused by editing titles that creates new URLs for the same page?

We have custom CMS for our site, after three years we find problem in index page. This is structure of URL : example.com/ads/buy/545564/title Now we find when user change title of ads, google re-...
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How to make own content more canonical than existing content on meetup.com?

I want to abandon meetup.com and provide all of our event data on another server, to own our content. As I have no control over the meetup server apart from the settings they offer me as a group host, ...
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Should I change the AMP url? (when updating the url for the page itself?)

Let's say I have a page under www.example.com/some/path, and its AMP version is under www.example.com/some/path/amp. If I change the path of the page, let's say to www.example.com/other/path, should I ...
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www missing in Google-selected canonical

There are many pages in my website which are reported as excluded in Google search console report. The reason mentioned is “Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical”. On inspect URL, I found ...
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Is it possible to check the case on Apache redirects or aliases?

I have a big website (15,000 pages) with a log list of redirects (about 800) that have been used in marketing pieces for years. My Apache server has been running mod_rewrite for the past 10 years or ...
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Mobile & Desktop Version - SEO sitemap.xml

I am running two different version of my application. One for mobile devices and the other for desktop computers. SEO is a very important topic for us, as we are an online shop that needs to be found ...
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What should the canonical URL(s) be for a custom chart with filters?

Let's say that I have an interactive tool where the user can change some filters and get a custom chart accordingly. example.com/chart example.com/chart?role=x example.com/chart?role=x&data=y ...
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Can I use rel="canonical" on div?

I have a page which displays summary versions of content from other pages on the site. The page is essentially a category directory, it's links to other pages followed by a summary of that page. I've ...
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How to avoid hreflang return errors with URL that contain parameters

I'm getting HREF no return errors in search console and I don't understand why. We have a page that contains buttons for get multiple pages of results. URL structure: Base page: `https://example....
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canonical url homepage with category

I'm trying to set up a shopping website and am attempting to do something as follow: It will predominantly focus on one type of product with other products being sold too, so I am planning to set ...
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Do rel canonical tags permanently affect link juice, or can they be undone later?

Does placing the rel=canonical tag pass the link juice to the canonicalised page forever? What I'm trying to say is, if one were to canonicalise page b to page a, would then reverting that change (for ...
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Does mobile canonicalisation penalise page ranking [duplicate]

yesterday I asked the question given with the following link: Changing category subject in short intervals I basically asked whether changing the subject of a category page with backlinks applicable ...
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When to use attribute rel="canonical", rel="alternate", and hreflang for the link tag

I have this pages: https://domain.tld/fr/post/mon-premier-article https://domain.tld/fr/post/my-first-post https://domain.tld/fr/post/mi-primera-publicacion Same for site in English... https://domain....
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Change the canonical URL within a product variations group when one goes out of stock?

Ecommerce shop has different pages for different product sizes: /shirt-size-s/ /shirt-size-m/ /shirt-size-xl/ They all point to /shirt-size-s/ as canonical and only this page goes to sitemap.xml ...

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