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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PWA keeps being delisted as “Soft 404”

Our main root domain for our PWA is here: https://editor.construct.net There are many versions of the product, all accessible in sub folders, EG: https://editor.construct.net/r150/ https://editor....
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Google selecting wrong canonical

This page addresses the question of duplicate content, but does not describe what I'm facing. After first encountering the Google "canonical algorithm bug" 2 months ago, I've made only a little ...
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How to resolve Google Suggested Canonical tag Issue?

I don't know how to fix this issue. Why does Google suggest another page as canonical, as opposed to the one selected by us?
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URL Parameters in GSC contains strange values for recently crawled URLs

I've been fighting the Google canonical page algorithm bug for quite some time. One advice I received is to set GSC URL Parameters to "Every URL", since we use a page generation script with a "page" ...
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invoke a URL Perl script silently, without changing URL visible to client

I've been fighting the Google canonical page algorithm bug for 2+ months. Following various forum advice and suggestions haven't solved it yet, although for sure they've made our website better. One ...
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Google selects one unrelated page as Canonical for many other pages, blocking our pages from indexing

Since start of April, we have many pages such as: https://www.example.com/index.pl?page=directcore for which Google continues to select this page as canonical: https://www.example.com/index.pl?page=...
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Why would Google canonize between hreflang pages?

So as far as I know, one of the most important use cases, and basically the whole point of hreflang is to be able to control which domain should rank where when it is not obvious. I notice that from ...
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Google Thinks My Pages Are Duplicates, But They Are Not

Google is reporting that the pages I want to index are duplicates because I'm getting this message in my search console: Duplicate without user-selected canonical Problem is they are not ...
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Flag my website as a single page application?

Is it possible to flag my website as a SPA? The reason I want to do this is because on Google Search Console I see my links indexed without canonical links, but if I try for a live version the ...
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Should homepage be set up as canonical?

Last 30 days I experianced real ranking and CTR boost on Google Search, only with setting up pages as canonical. New Google Search Console when indexing pages, also fetches information if page is (...
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Handle canonical when multiple document revisions are available?

On my page I'm making all versions of the manual of my project available: https://example.com/manual/0.10/index.html https://example.com/manual/0.11/index.html … https://example.com/manual/0.22/index....
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Google is counting the domain home page (“/”) as a duplicate of “/index.html”

For only my index pages, I am receiving this warning in Google Search Console: Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical I know that this occurs because Google is attempting to track both ...
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Place language slug in URL or not?

I see that https://developers.google.com/ offers articles in different language. They get the language from browser setting and don't place any language slug in the URL. Is this really a good practise?...
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French language comes up before English language site for site: search on English version of Google

Our homepage has two versions: https://www.construct.net/fr https://www.construct.net/en The first being in French, the second English. Both versions have been online for many weeks. Searching on ...
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Canonical URL of PWA - point to main domain?

We launch several versions of our PWA on URL's like: https://editor.construct.net/ (always points to latest stable version) https://editor.construct.net/r141-2/ https://editor.construct.net/r141/ ...
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How do search engines behave with canonical URLs between an SPA and a server-rendered version?

I'm planning to build an application which will end up displaying duplicate content. app.domain.com/content/ID # Completely rendered on the client, behind a wall of JS www.domain.com/content/ID # ...
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Switching canonical url when page returns 404

I have some pages that have a short lifespan; this includes careers entries, landing pages and so on. Currently when these are no longer available, they return a 404. When these pages expire to a ...
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Should mobile sitemaps point to canonical urls

I've recently developed a mobile-friendly version of an old site. The old site still does really well in the SERPs for key terms, so I don't want to redirect everyone (yet). But I do want to give ...
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When an attribute value ends in a slash, can I omit the quotes? It looks confusing when the trailing slash is next to the closing angle bracket

I have been thinking about this case: You want to use canonical on page A directing to example.com/: <link rel=canonical href=example.com/> If I wouldn't use quotation marks like that, could ...
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Use canonical and alternate URL correctly?

Im not sure on handle the canonical link and the alternate tag correctly. Example: One product "tshirt" with multiple versions (blue, red) Version blue: DE URL: ..de/kleidung/tshirt-de-blue <...
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SEO Implications Of Canonical Link Requiring Login

Is it considered bad practice for a canonical link on a page return a 302 redirect to a login page? Example: If https://foo.com/bar/slug?version=2019-02-01&signature=XXX returns HTTP/1.1 200 OK ...
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Google “Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical” between UK and IE sites with same content meant for different audiences

We have an /ie and /uk variation of our site. /ie uses € and /uk £'s, both are in English. Both sites are submitted to google as we want the IE site to return in googole.ie and UK site to return in ...
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GSC Sitemap Coverage questions

I recently noticed that my sitemap listed the urls in my site beginning with http:// although the canonical tags of the page are https://, so I resubmitted my sitemap with the correct urls. I am not ...
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Would a JavaScript redirect for location based on the IP affect SEO?

So, we've got 2 separate-but-identical sites (one for US, one for the rest of the world), and were planning on redirecting visitors to their correct one, provided we can guess their location by their ...
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How to set base and canonical tags properly? [closed]

I found some urls indexed by google wich doesn't have in my site, so I tought its because of the canonical tag and base tag. I need an explanition for base tag and canonical tags. Here are my ...
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Redirecting /page/*/ to the home page in .htaccess

My problem is that my homepage exists on https://www.example.com/page/2/, /3/, /4/ and so on, it still exists on /1000/. Same duplicate page versions exists on /about and and /contact page of my site. ...
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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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http to https redirect triggers “Duplicate without user-selected canonical”

For some reason, my Main URL (https://www.foxteller.com) cannot be indexed because of my domain redirects in the apache2 config. My redirects go as follows: http://foxteller.com/ > https://www....
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Using canonical for drill down pages of a list?

I have around 2000 pages on my site that are lists of items (15-80 items per list). Each item has a name an image and a description which get displayed in full, on the list page. Each item on the ...
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How to set canonical tags using Yoast [closed]

I am stuck on fixing canonical issue. I found Yoast's .htaccess file, but not understanding what to put in there. How do I code it into my website?
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Giving alternate to pdf which is a duplicate to Web page

I have a webpage namely - https://example.com/url/ I have generated a pdf with the same content of the above webpage namely - https://example.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/url.pdf. I have given ...
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Can alternate language versions rely on canonicals to satisfy the requirement to point back to the original page?

Say I have 4 URLs: www.example.com/en/main-content www.example.com/en/almost-identical-to-main-content www.example.com/fr/main-content www.example.com/fr/almost-identical-to-main-content The ...
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What does Google do with multiple canonical links on one page?

Facing a weird issue. Something in the latest Magento 1.x update caused a few pages on our site to have 2 canonical links. Seems to just be pagination pages include both the unpaginated url and the ...
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Google choosing HTTP URls as canonical than the HTTPS links in the canonical tags after a recent HTTPS migration

I have migrated my blog domain from HTTP to HTTPS. I am running my wordpress blog on AWS Bitnami. I have added necessary canonical on all the posts i.e <link rel="canonical" href="https://blog....
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How can I use canonical tags to resolve duplication between the home page, category pages, tag pages, and article pages?

On my site I have something like little blog (PHP and MySQL dynamically loaded posts), with categories like "life", "business", and "health". Each article has added tags. Tags allow to find articles ...
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Does the canonical URL need to change for different parameters to a dynamic page that shows different content?

I have a page located at example.com/tagged, which shows posts that contain the selected tag for which a person has searched. So, if someone searched for #apple, then example.com/tagged/apple would ...
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Is there a benefit of specifying the canonical URL for the homepage, or can search engines figure out common index, www, and https variants?

Currently I am considering adding a canonical tag onto the homepage of my website as there appear to be a few other URLs that Google and other search engines are picking up on. Realistically the ...
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Pricing on product page only shown with campaign code, but can I omit it from the canonical URL?

I have a product page in the following format: example.com/products/brand?campaignCode=<a campaignCode> The /brand page shows generic information about the brand (name, description, image, etc....
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Should URLs omit a parameter with the default value like ?page=1

I have a blog and its URLs are paginated like www.example.com/blog?page=x I have pagination to create these links: www.example.com/blog?page=1 www.example.com/blog?page=2 www.example.com/blog?page=...
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How to remove trailing slash from my root URL in htaccess?

I've tried several ways to remove the trailing slash from my URL in .htaccess and nothing worked but now even my URL can't be found because now it has a slash. Here is what my .htaccess looks like. I ...
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German site is not indexed, Search Console says it is duplicate of the English site, even though it is different language content

I have problems to understand why my website isn't ranked correctly. I have 2 domains which open the site in 2 different languages: DE: https://ausgaben-rechner.de/ EN: https://expense-calculator.com/...
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“Under construction” pages and multiple canonicalization tags

My website has a few pages that are still "under construction" and I want to go online. What is the best practice to redirect all HREF links to a common "under construction" page? Can it be done ...
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Is it possible to redirect a domain while keeping that domain in Google search results?

I have a domain name, https://seo.example.com/, that is currently showing up in Google Search results. I want to set up a redirect such that when visitors view that domain, they are immediately ...
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Is it bad for SEO only link to non-canonical URLs such that the canonical pages are orphaned?

I have an e-commerce website, and a lot of products. For duplication matters, every variance of a product have a canonical on a generic product page. For exemple, my specific product is at https://...
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“Duplicate, Google chose different canonical than user”

Most of the pages on my site seem to have indexed just fine. However, when I do an inspection for a certain page on my site, let's say it's http://www.example.com/importantpage.html, it shows "URL is ...
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Is a cross domain canonical appropriate when an API is used to pull in data from a page on another site?

This is simply a question to figure out if I am understanding this and my approach is correct. www.ticketwebsite.example/event/event-name - Event ticket website www.mysite.example/event/event-...
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Swapping canonical urls [duplicate]

Let's say I have previously registered a domain blab.la and have already submitted it to google search console, it is indexed and available in search results. Now, I have purchased another domain ...
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Should my homepage's url contain the “home” keyword?

I'm thinking about making an SEO improvement. Which URL is better for my homepage? http://example.com/home http://example.com/ Since both URLs provide the same content, should I redirect /home to /,...
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Canonical Tag for Home Page

My Website URL is https://www example.com/index.do My Mobile Website URL is https://m.example.com What URL need to mention for Mobile site home page for canonical <link rel="canonical" href="...
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Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical after changing domain

I've recently changed the domain from https://example.me to https://example.im. However, https://example.im is not being displayed on Google. After inspecting it in the Search Console, this is what I ...

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