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rel-canonical is a way for specifying preferred URLs using link elements in HTML pages within the HEAD tag. It can help in situations where more than one page has duplicate content. {link rel="canonical" href="http://example.com"}

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Is there any reason to not provide redirect code while still redirecting it?

When I fetch this URL, which doesn't have the trailing slash: const url = "https://www.inkandswitch.com/local-first"; const fetchResult = await fetch(url); console.log("Status:", ...
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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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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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Does changing the canonical tag also transfer page authority?

We have 3 pages on our website with almost similar title; actually for better ux, this is necessary to separate some part of a content. For example: page1: elevator service page2: check list of ...
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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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Setting up hreflang correctly on a huge international website

I'm doing SEO on my company's site. It's very big, with tens of thousands of pages, in 30+ languages. We have hreflang & canonicals set up, and the structure is quite straightforward where each ...
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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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Can I use canonical tag for this?

I have page with video content at URL: domain.com/video/id also I have video info in clickable popup with the own url: domain.com/video/id/info this popup domain.com/video/id/info have same content ...
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SEO / Same product for sale on on own e-commerce and marketplace: alternate links for marketplace listings?

Assume that a product is for sale on both own e-commerce and marketplace(s), with the same picture, quite a similar title, and description. Although they might be some differences like a more detailed ...
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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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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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Redirection or canonical? URL changed

We've changed one of the url in the website, the content of the page remains same. Its been a month, but google is still showing the old URL in the search result. What should be done here? 301 ...
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Use of canonical tag on website with different language versions AND separate mobile versions for each page

I have a website where every page (http://www.example.com) has a separate mobile version (http://m.example.com). And I simply use the rel="canonical" tag on one of those two pages to avoid ...
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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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How can I get Google to index my home page without `en/index.php` even though I redirect to add that?

I have the following situation: I have a new website like this: https://www.example.com When you access to my website, it automatically redirects (302 redirection) to its English language page ...
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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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fixing Search Console index problems after submitting no subdomain or extension in canonical URLs and sitemap

I prefer clean URLs... so my internal links lack the .html or .php extension, and I'm omitting the www. subdomain. The links are resolved by .htaccess rules, and the browser shows example.com/my-page. ...
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Using a redirect link in rel=canonical link tag bad for SEO?

I have in my Django site's template: <link rel="canonical" href="https://www.my-domain.example/post/1"/> But the actual link is https://www.my-actual-domain.example/post/1 ...
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After adding HTTPS to my site, Google prefers to index HTTP

I recently moved my website from HTTP to HTTPS. But when I try to get my HTTPS pages indexed, Google search console says "Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical." Google is ...
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"The good parts" for an existing collection

I have an existing collection at https://cjshayward.com which is everything I've created, and intended to be unfiltered. I want to set https://cshayward.com (no "J") to be a "The Good ...
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How should I remove duplicate content caused by URL parameters that's already been indexed by google? [duplicate]

On our website, we have many "project" pages with a similar URL structure. Ex: acme.com/projects/unique-project-title Another site that backlinks to us uses utm parameters (and we want them ...
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Correct use of canonical-tag in two shops

I have a question regarding canonical-tags where im not pretty sure. I have a main-website and a main-shop and a brand-website with its own shop. The products of one brand are in the brand-shop and in ...
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Google indexing: Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical [duplicate]

I have requested an index for a website however am being shown this message: Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical I do not have any duplicates of this site according to google and I ...
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Which pages get their own canonical URLs?

I am currently working to improve my site's SEO and I need to use canonical URLs. My doubt is related to which pages need to be canonical. I know for sure that my root home page needs its own ...
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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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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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Error message "Canonical is empty" despite canonical URL has been set in <head> section

My website has canonical link, but a SEO website reports that it has not. Is the place of the canonical link important? I placed it in the <head> tag after other meta tags and links.
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If I use content from one domain on my other domain, but spread it - how do I implement the canoncial tag?

I used the content of one of my domains (nameA.example/ContentA) and copied it to another domain, but on several pages: nameB.example/ContentA1 nameB.example/ContentA2 nameB.example/ContentA3 and so ...
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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 set canonical link for website with www redirection

I am confused about adding canonical link in my website. I have a website https://example.com and I have added Redirect to www from hosting provider(firebase) config. So if a user accesses my non-www ...
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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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Worth moving WordPress to Apache hosting to fix trailing slash duplicate content on Pantheon under Nginx?

Context: As you might know, Wordpress' permalink structure enforces a trailing slash at the end of URLs (so /about becomes /about/ etc.) I've always found this useful -- keeps URLs nice and uniform. ...
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What canonicals and other meta tags should be used for the same page with different versions specified by URL?

I'm the maintainer of a popular tool that helps many projects to create documentation websites. We support versioning, which means that the documentation will be "fixed" to a specific ...
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Hreflang conflicts with canonical in source code

A report in SEMRush has flagged an issue with hreflang conflicting with rel=canonical but I'm not sure how to resolve the issue or get to the bottom of it. Has anyone else experienced this and can ...
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How crawler decides which one is original if use the canonical tag (self reference) on each version of the duplicate content or page?

To understand the query, let's take two sites https://www.abc.example/a https://www.xyz.example/a https://www.abc.example/a is an already existing site (it is already self canonicalize <link href=...
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External domains links allowed in canonical tag?

I have two websites A and B and i want to right now add A website link in B website as a canonical URL. It's allowed in SEO? It's is best for SEO?
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Rel=canonical vs. 301 redirect

My website has a bunch of URLs like abc.com/[item-id]/[item-name]. Only the item-id is used to display the page, item-name is there only for SEO purposes. Now, I would like to change that to abc.com/[...
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Screaming Frog reporting duplication between two canonicalized pages

I have Page-A with canonical pointing towards page B. Page B should be considered the original and should be ranked in SERPS. But the Screaming Frog crawler is showing that page A and B are ...
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Can't add tags to the page head for my content at another publisher, can the canonical be embedded in the body?

I have published some good articles to a technical community. Actually, these articles have been ranked as the first result in google and I would like to add my original article as canonical but I don'...
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Is it right to use canonical on blog posts to category pages to provide value to the category page?

Is it right to transfer the value from blog posts to related category? In my opinion, it's not a good practice and then I think we will be requiring blog category pages to make sure we are driving ...
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Does crawler index duplicate page which has canonical URL?

Suppose I have two pages with the same content: example.com/a example.com/b so I put a canonical tag <link rel="canonical" href="example.com/a"/> at page example.com/b. I ...
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Unique Canonicals for related product Webpages [duplicate]

For a site that carries "lists" of products, what is the best approach to using canonicals? example.com/green-watches.php - this is the MAIN page (by main, it means that this should be ...
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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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Migrating from Medium to blog on company website / "Customize Canonical Link" in Medium

My company has been publishing blog posts on Medium for about 2 years, and it's time for us to migrate to a blog on our own site instead. I'd like to migrate old content over to the company blog, ...
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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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When syndicating an article to a third party site which is then the canonical, how should I update the json-ld Article schema URLs?

If I have a duplicate content because my article is syndicated to a third party site. which URLs should I use in json-ld Article schema? To be precise, let's say I want to publish an article from my ...
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seo and documenting multiple version of our software

How to markup the documentation of the different version of our product? considering that The content is not strictly identical across version, but it is very often the same, we wish newer version ...
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