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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Will introducing a CDN for images on a subdomain dilute our PageRank or hurt our rankings?

Background: We run a product aggregator site. We list 20k products which will grow to 200k within the next year and also have a section of the site where users can take those product images and ...
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Is it correct to redirect the old site to the new domain and the further redirect for new URL capitalization?

I am wondering whether this setup is correct. I have a website running HTTP domain1.example and I redirect links to domain2.example using a 301 redirect. domain2 works fine but I decided to ...
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mobile urls canonical & hreflang

I again have problem when working on the mobile seo urls, so the scenario is below: We have 2 domains www.example.com and www.example.es The .es is pointing canonical to .com and that's fine as we ...
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Multiple forms of index page being indexed by search engines

I noticed Search Engines were flagging my index or home page with duplicate content/title/description, etc. Basically, it was indexing: http://www.example.com https://www.example.com http://www....
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Can canonical tags be used when the mobile site is different in design and 70% similar to the desktop?

If we have around 70% match for the content of our mobile site m.example.com to desktop URL example.com, then how to use the canonical tag? Can we use the canonical to mobile site itself or still ...
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Does a `rel=canonical` Tag send any relevancy signals to the duplicate content's Category Page?

Below is a variation to my other question about rel=canonical. I am working on an eCommerce site, which sells Canvas Prints. Each Canvas Print is available in a variety of ways. As such, every ...
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How to use the canonical and hreflang in ccTLD?

If I have two websites with same content example.com/de/ - in German, example.com - is in English, and example.at - in German. so what would be the better option to implement canonical and Hreflang: ...
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What's the SEO cost of rel=canonical references leading to redirects?

On www.ubuntu.com we recently started including rel="canonical" tags on every page by default, following Google's recommendation. However, as you can see on e.g. https://www.ubuntu.com/cloud, the ...
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Negative Canonical Attacks, do they work? how to recover? how to prevent?

Backstory... Today I received an email from the Google Search Console reporting a huge increase of 404 pages on my site. Upon investigating I found hundreds of sites linking to my pages that simply ...
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Changing canonical URL impact on SEO

I have a website with multiple URLs to the same content: /dog/black/labrador /dog/brown/labrador ... whereas the /black/ or /brown/ hierarchy can be anything and will always show the same page and ...
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Is it necessary to add a canonical tag for a static site switching from HTTP to HTTPS if there is already a 301 Redirect?

We have a static site that has thousands of HTML pages and are planning to switch to HTTPS in the next few days. As the site is fairly new, we do not have any problems with duplicate content at the ...
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What canonical URL should be used for sub-pages? The sub-page itself, the home page,or something else?

I was wondering what canonical url to use for my site's pages other than the home page. For example, if I have https://example.com/page-1, which should I use: https://example.com/page-1 https://...
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site lost all traffic after installing ssl and moved to a new domain, 301 redirect

About a month ago, I moved my site from http://www.etihadassessment.com to https://www.cabincrewevents.com. My traffic went from 5k pagesviews a day to only 400-600 a day. I have tested few tools and ...
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Preventing URLs ending in “/” from search engine indexes with robots.txt or rewrite rule

Is there a programmatic way to easily deal with the issue of search engines considering pages where the page works with and without the trailing slash duplicates like via a robots.txt or Nginx rewrite ...
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Does rel=canonical <link> tag increase page size?

In this Google Webmaster's answer, it is stated that one of the cons of specifying a canonical link is that it "can add to the size of the page". I tried searching the web for more information on ...
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Many pages with partial-duplicate content in same domain

This is a question to the SEO experts :-) I apologize for my bad way to write English :-( I am developing a web application (with a kind of custom CMS). In my app there will be a "user section", each ...
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Does `rel=“canonical”` act as a 'redirect' for search Bots or nothing more than a suggestion for said Bots?

The use of rel="canonical" is often required, in order to deal with the issue of duplicate content. Simply put, it 'tells' search engines which is the preferred URL version. To achieve this, the ...
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Will Product pages help create context for their respective Parent Categories, despite `rel=canonical` pointing elsewhere?

Let's say that I have a 2 parent Product Categories as follows: Decor: You can browse all Decor related products here. From a Navigational perspective, this will allow visitors to browse via ...
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Remove file extensions using .htaccess and content duplication issue [duplicate]

I want to know if we strip out file extensions using .htaccess for a new website, do we have to add rel-canonical tag for every page to avoid Google considering them as duplicate content? To more ...
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Google doesn't index www-version

Currently I am trying to get my website being index properly in google. Within the initial push, google index the website with non-www. After that I set the www-version as preferred in Webmaster Tools ...
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Duplicate content on multiple websites with conflicting canonical links - does that affect Google rating?

Our company recently built a brand new website to replace the old one. They were both content driven, but the old website was very old (built in 1999) and had to be upgraded. To our new website we ...
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Why would Google give rich snippets to a non canonical URL but the canonical never displays them?

Various parameters slightly adapt my page's content such as ?showreviewsall or ?filterresults. All pages with parameters point to the canonical through a canonical tag. Since the beginning, Google ...
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Should query strings be included or removed from the canonical tag?

Should I remove the entire query string from URLs in the canonical meta tag? For example this URL: https://example.com/Turkey/Istanbul/Vehicles/Car/Peugeot?b=11&d=2 This b=11 returns a list of ...
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To canonical or not - parent/child page relation

I'm unsure if canonical should, and could, be used in the following scenario: I have a bank of school assignments. These all contain a parent page, a summary with part of the children pages content ...
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Are facets and categories the same thing?

I am currently working on an eCommerce website, which typically have the following URL structural examples: 1. www.example.com/paintings/flowers/roses/ 2. www.example.com/paintings/flowers/roses/...
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Canonical and Alternate Tags for Mobile First Indexing

We have mobile & desktop websites running on different sub-domains (m. and www.). We want our mobile content to be crawled and treated as the primary site. How should I handle Canonical and ...
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Submitted URL not selected as canonical - At a loss

Ok, so I have been chasing this issue for weeks now through Google's community forums, running tests, hosting support and no one has been able to provide any answers as to what is happening with one ...
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After changing the wrong canonical URL, the Google cache still points to the previous canonical URL

We have accidentally used a wrong canonical URL and Google cached the page with the wrong URLs data. When we found this and updated the correct canonical URL, it still points to the same old wrong ...
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Canonicalised page ranks higher than the one we are trying to rank for

We have two Pages: A and B. They are very similar content-wise, but different purpose-wise. Page A is a description of a service and was created earlier, and Page B is landing page for that service, ...
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Does putting canonical remove duplicate issue OR we should do permanent redirect [duplicate]

We have certain URLs of the city and their alias-names. For example: Primary URL: /used/cars-in-mumbai/ Alias URL: /used/cars-in-bombay/ We can't remove "Alias URL" as it's hard-coded at multiple ...
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Use canonical tag instead of redirect 301

I have many URL that I made 301 redirect now after 2 months I want to remove this redirect and set canonical tag instead, is it harmful for SEO and google? Now: example.com/ads/n-151617.html > 301 ...
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Canonical link to the same page [closed]

Recently I learned that e.g. Google was not indexing pages that didn't have canonical links, so in the code below, I am setting the canonical link to the homepage itself (index.html). Question: for ...
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Why is google not indexing (or ignoring) those 200,000+ pages ? [duplicate]

I was wonrdering why on google search console, 200,000+ of my pages are not indexed (it's not because of robots.txt or volontary excluding them): +------------------------------------+---------+ | ...
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What is better: one page or some pages?

What do you mean is better in terms of SEO (all aspects of it: internal linking, content, index management): to have one page with unique content or to have some pages with similar content to the ...
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What is the solution for “Submitted URL not selected as canonical” in Google Search Console beta?

Google's new webmaster tools has a section 'Index coverage'>'Excluded'>'Submitted URL not selected as canonical'. I am getting 3 internal links in the section "Submitted URL not selected as ...
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Google thinks that the pages for a business in each city are duplicate

I have a directory of businesses. Some of those businesses have many branches in different locatios. For example: Restaurant A | ---- Branch in City 1 ---- Branch in City 2 ---- Branch in City N ...
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Google Search Console - Submitted URL not selected as canonical

We have 3 product pages in which we have added some internal links (PDF links), the crawl report Google search console is showing an error called "Submitted URL not selected as canonical". The PDF is ...
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In IIS 7.5, how do you redirect an HTTPS domain to the canonical domain?

So I have a site configured with example.com:80 and www.example.com:80, as well as a certificate for port 443. When a user goes to the www.example.com:80 or 443, which has the SSL certificate ...
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Have my-domain.com and mydomain.com - which to make canonical? [duplicate]

Further to this question we have two very descriptive domains like dog-toys.ie and dogtoys.ie and have decided we will now make one of them canonical, with HTTPS, and do a 302 from the other domain. ...
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canonical and place in country

I have a website that is divided for the UK, thus I have it as for the UK in its entirety I have it as: example.org/index.php << parent site example.org/england/index.php << child pages ...
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How use Canonical url and does duplicate links get negative points by search engine

We have website which was developed sometime back and i noticed that canonical meta tags is missing from the website even though we have few duplicate links on the website For example home page can ...
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Is it legal republish any article with Credits and Canonical Link?

Is it legal republish any article with Credits and Canonical Link? After the end of the post I will mention a note like Originally published at www.example.com/post. Additionally I will add a ...
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Does SEO value get transfered when a 301 redirect points to a page that has another canonical?

I have this scenario: Page A is 301 redirected to another Page B, which has exactly the same content(automated process). But Page B has another rel=canonical Page, the Page C due to some parameters in ...
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Should the canonical link contain a link that will never change, the long version with keywords, or a shortened URL from another domain? [duplicate]

I want to prevent SEO from duplicated content. I have a separate domain only for shortened URLs which is mainly for sharing purpose. I plan to set the rel=canonical in the HTML head and redirect to ...
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Move to SSL and have 2 x domains, make one canonical or not?

This is an updated version of 2 x domains for same site in Google make canonical or not and I am posting it again as A) there is a new SSL aspect to the question and B) it's nearly 4 years old and ...
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How to manage duplicate ajax URLs for search engines

If you use ajax URLs like example.com/#!explore - and you happen to have another URL that shows the same content, for example example.com/#!explore/world - how can you tell a service engine that both ...
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What should be canonical of mobile website?

We have two versions, mobile & desktop with URLs: http://example.com/ http://example.com/m/ What should be canonical of http://example.com/m/ web page? Should it have canonical as http://example....
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Duplicate and Canonical Issue? [duplicate]

I had question regarding ccTLDs, lets say, I have domain = domain.com but I found some one is copying my posts and paste at his domains at the same time, which seems to ccTLDs like domain.co.uk, ...
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Does differing meta descriptions on pages that share a canonical tag harm SEO

Consider the following scenario. There is a single dynamic page that loads different information and meta descriptions based on a query string where there is also a cononical tag so that the query ...
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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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