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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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SEO Ramifications of Copying a Page to Stronger Domain and Setting Canonical URL to Point to New Version

I penned a blog post that ended up being covered widely. I'd like to turn it into a landing page page on my main product site which is on a different domain. I don't want to remove my old blog post ...
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https:// redirect to https://www in NGINX

How do you redirect all non-www links to my website to https://www. I know that there are a lot of solutions for .htaccess but I haven't been able to find anything sufficient for nginx. At the ...
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Hreflangs and canonicals. Should I chose the canonical version of the page for hreflang tags?

So, basically we have implemented canonical tag, which points to the url with the parameters stripped. For instance, if somebody visits the page https://mywebsite.com/en/some-page.php?someparameter=...
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WordPress Yoast SEO canonical tag trailing slash on custom post type categories

In my theme is a custom post type for events. On the category pages for these custom post types no trailing slash is being added to the URL in the canonical tag when there should be. What could be ...
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Is it possible for Google to disregard my canonical tag?

I was wondering if it is possible for Google to disregard the canonical tag, if for example they decide it is wrongly put based on behavioral data. On my blog's individual blog posts there is a ...
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I want search-engines to prefer newer version of my webpage (301-Redirect and Canonical ignored)

I've a very curious problem with the index-status of my webpage. It's a little difficult to explain. I launched my webpage in summer 2008 with around 8K sub-pages. Until 2012 all of the 8K pages ...
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Canonical link element on single page app

I have a single-page app, i.e. page navigation and url changes happen with javascript, rather than full page loads. Additionally, occasionally multiple variants of a url point to the same underlying ...
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Multiple canonical or alternate URLs for the page with same content

I am creating a russian website that will use IDN domain ".рф". But it will be also accessible with normal domain. So every page will have 2 urls, 1 in russian and 1 in english, but content will be ...
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Case for and against different URLs for rel=“canonical” and og:url meta tags

I am trying to decide whether it is a good idea to use different URLs for the rel="canonical" and open graphs og:url links in the following use case: A pretty standard product page: https://www....
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Can I use sitemap.xml to redirect bots to seo specific urls

I apologize for the title, but I can't really explain it . Here's what I am asking Can I have seo specific urls in my sitemap.xml that will have canonical links to the actual urls. E.g: Sitemap xml ...
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When and how to use rel=“canonical” for dynamic URL's

We are creating dynamic URLs with a combination of service names and city names. Below are the sample pages. Please let us know in which page do we needs to add rel="canonical" and which link to add ...
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Using canonical links to keep a site out of Google search results

I have two copies of a website, a live site at www.example.com and a test site at dev.example.net. (Note that this is a subdomain of a different parent domain.) Both sites have exactly the same URL ...
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What is the solution for duplicate content cross domains? (like canonical link)

I am recently reading some articles about canonical links. It seems there's a limitation that when you add a link, it must be the same domain as the page. So is there any cross-domain solutions for ...
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Why is Google indexing pages with ?utm_campaign query string

Recently I have noticed that Google is indexing URLs containing utm_campaign, utm_source and utm_medium query string arguments. In the results, Google shows URLs with these query strings rather than ...
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Should my canonical URL contain the language parameter?

As I understand correct a canonical URL should point to the original URL of the website. Our website provides different languages that can be switched with an URL parameter, instantly. Our website is ...
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Where do Google get canonical links of a one-page site?

With my miserable JS knowledge I understand that the page originally has a line like this: and then href parameter is changed via JS. Both SF and Deepcrawl are not able to see that change. Thus, all ...
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Wordpress Tag Pages Should I Use 301 or Canonical

Im having issues with wordpress tags, leading to duplicate content (this is from old posts I dont use tags anymore) Question: For the tag pages causing problems should I put rel canonical pointing ...
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Multiple domains, 'one' server

I'm almost completing an online service where people can link their domain to. Think Squarespace/Wix/Weebly type. Visitors enter customerdomain.com that leads to mywebapp.com but keeps customerdomain....
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Duplicate content: Prevent testing and development site from getting crawled and indexed

I am running a WordPress based site on example.com with its original content. I then have another site running on example.me which is basically the exact copy of the original example.com together ...
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Is there a Google Penalty for duplicate content example.com/ and www.example.com/?

I just started using SEOMoz Pro and they warned that I have duplicate content because a browser can arrive at wwww.example.com and example.com and get to the same page. (We use Web.com and they don'...
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How can I block my website in other countries?

Lets assume my website is mywebsite.com. I need to block the website for all the countries except India. But we need to handle the block gracefully, i.e. showing a page that right now the site is not ...
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Is it 100% safe to add NOINDEX tag to any duplicate/copy content issues?

Usually I can simply copy and paste content from any blogs to the my blog, and add a no index tag to avoid any duplicate/copy content issues. I have copied above part from popular blog. I need to ...
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When the HTTP site redirects to HTTPS what should the canonical URL tag point to?

We have already 301 redirect from http://example.com to http://www.example.com and now we have redirect to https://www.example.com/ Now, the question is do we have to use the canonical i.e <link ...
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How to correctly mark up different versions of the same document which are non-canonical

The use case is a document which has multiple versions which are all simultaneously available. For example, documentation on a product for each version of that software: /v1/install-guide /v2/install-...
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Integration of canonical urls - will it hit current rankings?

I have a site that has seen large organic growth over the year. But in Moz, there's one major issue: the site is creating duplicate content. Because there are several versions of the homepage (...
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Duplicate title tags and meta descriptions in Google Webmaster Tools despite canonical tags

My website name is "Global Blurb". For the last month, I have been facing an error in Google Webmaster Tools with duplicate title and meta descriptions. See the screen shot: I am using canonical URL....
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How to validate canonicals on a website

I've validated canonicals on my website but, the pro webmaster have recommended me that the canonicals that I've implemented is wrong. Can you guys tell me how to validate canonicals on my website. ...
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What is best seo practice for dealing with user generated identical content

I am developing a website that will deal with buy and sell mobiles business. Most of the pages of website will generate by users, for example a person A posts an ad for his used Nokia Lumia 800 and in ...
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Is it possible to add a canonical tag in an RSS feed?

We are producing content and exposing it via RSS Feed for content syndication by other bloggers. The others are picking my content and syndicating it on their website, which is leading to duplicity. ...
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Can I overcome an IP canonicalization issue by just using the <link rel=“canonical”> tag?

The situation: I have an online shop running on Shopify server and it's using a domain name I purchased with Godaddy. When I perform an online SEO checkup on my website it gets a fail regarding to ...
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Review my usage of NoIndex and rel=canonical [closed]

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 ...
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SEO concerns when purchasing a new domain for an existing well ranked page

Good day all. I have a page let's say www.example.com/awesome_page.php, this is an old, good ranked page, it has a good amount of traffic and a good place in SERPs. Now, I'd like to buy a more ...
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How to correctly remove MULTIPLE parameters from the Google index using htaccess and canonical / noindex?

I found a similar question with a great answer for removing a single URL parameter. However, what if I have 20+ URL parameters that I don't want indexed? Also, in the example solution below, it is ...
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Changing page's subject year-to-year

I'm having a hard time thinking of the best terms to search for similar questions so please bear with me. We run a yearly "best X" contest where we nominate several to choose from and let readers ...
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SEO - does Google read dynamic canonical tags? [duplicate]

I used the following code to redirect all the HTTP pages of a site to the https:// version. <link rel="canonical" href=""> <script> var url = window.location.href; // get current URL ...
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Do inbound & outbound links on canonicalized pages carry any SEO weight?

So, I have a page [A] that has canonical tag with URL pointing to a page [B]. Do inbound & outbound links on page [A] carry any SEO weight if they aren't nofollowed? Is the weight of links on ...
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Using an alias on my domain. How do I tell Google that I want it to only index the alias to avoid duplicate content?

I am starting a music blog at www.domain1.com. That URL is an alias shared with www.domain2.com which is just a domain I happen to have hosting with but is unused. In the future I may want to develop ...
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Should I use canonical tag for mirrored content?

I run two job boards. Job Board A accepts unique posts as well as mirrors several client job boards. Job Board B is about to be published and has a larger scope so mirrors all of Job Board A plus ...
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Regional targeting on continent level, same language, 2 domains

I have a question concerning regional targeting of a website. I have 2 websites with exactly the same content and both in English (exact copy), but different domains: abc.example xwz.example I would ...
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Schemaless URLs in canonical tags

Is it a problem to put a schemaless URL in a canonical tag? Example: page URL is http://example.com while canonical tag is <link rel="canonical" href="//example.com" />.
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alternate vs. canoncial, which has preference?

I read https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/139066 but still would like to 'double check'. Following situation: Webshop with 3 languages (German, French, English). Every page has the ...
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Does Content Syndication to a Microblogging websites help in Link building?

Let say I've a blog and a medium.com account. Now, I use an API and syndicate all my blog content to medium.com with rel=canonical tag. Does this helps in Brand Reputation Building? Does this helps ...
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Should a canonical URL include tracking URL parameters (e.g. “_utm” parameters)?

I need to add canonical URL meta tags to our website. The general way to do this should include any URL parameters, but is this true for tracking parameters too, such as utm_ parameters? I ask partly ...
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Data disappears from Google Webmaster Tools after configuring a canonical URL in my site

I have a website, let's say www.example.com, that I added to Google Webmaster Tools without establishing any preferred domain. A couple of months ago, we decided to configure our site to establish ...
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Branded organic traffic to pages having canonical tags to other domain, possible?

There are two sites/domains: old and new one, they both use the same structure and content. I want a new site to get all the organic traffic except branded organic traffic of the old site, that the ...
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Ranking with 2 URLs for one keyword | Category page & all product page | Use canonical?

I have a webshop where I have a category page called 'Smartwatch'. On this page I inform but also inspire people about smartwatches. Page title of this page : Smartwatch | Find your Smartwatch. ...
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Canonical Tags and, 301 and Legacy/Old format URLs indexed

I have posted another question too which is related, but separate. Removing old format URLS This question is slightly confusing because I changed the domain. Previously, we were running the site at ...
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SEO - Canonical Tags and, 301 and Product Variations

My website has undergone many changes over the past 10 years, as I guess most have, rankings have dropped and over the past few months I have been working on the site and CMS a lot to improve it, but ...
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SEO impact of redirecting high ranking mirror site to the main website

During SEO audit for a client I noticed that they had over a dozen duplicate websites that are carbon copies of the main website. This was done via CMS platform and DNS. One of the mirror sites has ...
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Is it an SEO problem to link to short URLs that redirect to canonical URLs but put the canonical URLs in the sitemap?

I have a URL that I have added to my sitemap that reflects a health-tip entity http://www.example.com/health-tips/232344/this-is-perfect-for-your-health where 232344 is the id of the entity. ...