Questions tagged [rel-canonical]

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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Using rel=canonical with syndication

I work at a site which allows syndication of content (via API's and data dumps). We are finding that a number of sites which republish our content are appearing higher in Google search results, even ...
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Am I doing the SEO for pagination correctly?

On October 13th, I changed my domain from www.7tutorials.com to www.digitalcitizen.life. I made 301 redirects, kept the content, aliases, meta data, etc. The idea is that the new site is the old site ...
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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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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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Can I declare a duplicate page via javascript for google?

Most sources of documentation state that one can declare a webpage a duplicate of another by applying this tag on the duplicate page: <link rel="canonical" href="(absolute URL to original page)"&...
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Do query string case differences affect whether a URL is Canonical?

If I have two URL's where the only difference is the case of the query string: http://example.com?param=TEST http://example.com?param=test Are they both considered equal by search engines? I know ...
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Is “site:” returning pages that would not otherwise be returned?

Today I attempted a search on one of my websites as I thought I had a page about this or that and used the following in my search: site:m2osw.com upload I started looking through the results and ...
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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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Do I need to put rel=“canonical” in the original page?

To other pages, with the same content, I need to put rel="canonical" in the link tag to prevent duplication. <link href="https://example.com/original-page.html" rel="canonical"> My question, ...
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Using rel = prev/next/canonical with the pagination of frequently updated content

I am confused about what would be the proper markup for a paginated series, even after reading quite a lot of advice, from google included. The common wisdom seems to be this: Use rel="next" to ...
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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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Is it mandatory to have unique titles (in H1 tag) on a mobile version of a page even if it contains rel=canonical?

So I finally ran screaming frog SEO spider on a number of my pages, and what I'm left with now are some duplicate titles on some of my mobile pages containing this HTML: <link rel="canonical" href=...
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Should rel=canonical be used for various images in a gallery?

I have made a portfolio website for my wife. She is an illustrator. Website contains one page with four sections - gallery, about, testimonials and a contact form. The gallery navigation is made in ...
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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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SEO: 301 redirects and canonical tag

from the book "Art of SEO": 301s carry cross-domain functionality, meaning you can redirect a page at Domain1.com to Domain2.com and carry over those search engine metrics. This is not the ...
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Rel canonical link tag pointing to the same page

I'm implementing the canonical tag in my page to avoid be penalized with duplicate content flag by search engines. My doubt are the following: If I have a page COPY with the canonical tag pointing to ...
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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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Should i disallow my mobile url's via robots.txt?

I'm trying to code my sites mobile version. it will be like this: www.example.com => mobile.example.com im using this alternate tag in desktop page; thats ok: <link rel="alternate" media="only ...
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Can canonical tags be used to make a single page rank for multiple keywords?

I have a website about 'Virtualization' and I want to rank for 'Virtualization, Desktop Virtualization, Server Virtualization and Network virtualization' keywords. I wrote a long article about these ...
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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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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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Will adding canonical to known duplicate content create an issue?

I'm working on a site that has duplicate content as a consequence of its product catalog architecture, which categorizes products based on year (e.g. /2017/product-page vs. /2018/product-page). A ...
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Is a canonical tag pointing to my home page causing Google to remove my pages from the search index?

Google was indexing 1,400,000 of my pages. For the last 15 days, the number of indexed pages drops each day by 5,000 to 10,000. I have not seen any warnings or notices in Google webmaster tools. I ...
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How to declare canonical tag for home page

My website Homepage can be accessed with HTTPS www.example.com and example.com HTTP www.example.com and example.com Also, other URL with Https version redirect to same content. My question is ...
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HTTP-header canonical and link tag canonical on same page?

I've come across websites using both a HTTP-header based canonical as well as a tag-based canonical. Sometimes they are not referencing the same URL which brings me to my question - does one have ...
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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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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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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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From an SEO perspective, can canonicals be used for typo domain aliases instead of redirects?

I'm setting up a new website with a few domain aliases with variations (singular and plural) of the primary domain. The point is to take the user to the right website even if he types the address ...
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Does noindex metatag have a negative effect on the canonical URLs PageRank?

A page has this URL: http://example.com/pages/some-page/ There's a pagination on this page which uses a GET parameter page which would result in URLs like: http://example.com/pages/some-page/?page=...
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What is the difference between canonical and 301 redirects?

I am not able to differentiate between canonical and 301 Redirects. The canonical link and 301 redirects have been around for years, but they continuously generate the confusion and questions about ...
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Can canonical tags be placed in the sitemap rather than in each page?

We have canonical tags spread across our web pages. Is it possible to add the canonical tags in our sitemap instead? If yes, how?
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What is the SEO impact of canonical links pointing to 404 pages?

A canonical tag (aka "rel canonical") is a way of telling search engines that a specific URL represents the master copy of a page. Using the canonical tag prevents problems caused by identical or "...
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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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Can I use pushState for SEO on a single page application that is fully loaded on the first request?

I maintain a magazine-like website. It is a one page site with no AJAX involved, ie. the whole content is loaded every time a user enters the site. Dynamic content loading is not an option for now. I ...
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OnPage SEO check error: “The page is missing a Canonical Tag”

I tried a software to detect errors in my website. This is OnPage. It founds an error I do not understand. It refers to my home page but it says the same in all my pages: The page is missing a ...
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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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Is 100-150 words content enough for a web page?

I have some 20 different combinations of canonical pages featuring images in different categories. Is 100-150 words content okay for a page considering I use rel=canonical on their copies? I mean how'...
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Does adding a canonical URL affect underlying (subdirectory) URLs?

I am uncertain about a certain change. We have the following structure. Domain: ranks for keyword X /main-category (has strong relation to domain name itself and possibly cannibalizes the man domain ...
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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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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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Duplicate page without canonical tag excluded from Google Index

In the Google Search Console I see a section under Index Coverage that shows a ton of URLS that have been excluded from the index with a status of Duplicate page without canonical tag. Here is an ...
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Should I use rel=“alternate” on different domains?

We're about to introduce a .com version of our website as well as a few additional ccTLD's and from what I've read, I'm unsure whether to be using a rel="alternate" tag or not. The scenario: We have ...
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SEO effect on link with redirect 301 --> canonical tag --> page?

I have the chance to put a link to a project on the frontpage of a high traffic directory, but it has a character limit and the URL of the page I want to link is much longer. The project has a ...
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Does a link rel canonical tag pointing back to the page itself cause an infinite loop that wastes crawl budget?

I assume that search engine robots crawl the whole page and then the canonical tag because pages that are self canonicalized still get indexed and their contents are still parsed. However, does a ...
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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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How to add a rel-canonical to product pages on Prestashop?

I am using Prestashop 1.6. Due a problem I have related to duplicated content I need to add a rel-canonical to some products. I have been looking for but I didn´t find the way to implement rel-...
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Canonical URL to refer to other page, although it is not exactly duplicate content?

We are hosting recurring events, and when you search in Google for that event, you always get an ealier installment of it that tops the list. This is of course obvious, as every time the new event ...
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Should rel=canonical be used for discount deals copy and pasted to new webpages?

We have a discount deal website like Groupon. When we have a new deal contract with our old business owner we have to copy and paste the details from the last deal into a new webpage for the new deal. ...
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Does rel=canonical and rel=alternate make sense on pictures?

I have a desktop and a mobile site and I use rel=canonical and rel=alternate as recommended by google to link the corresponding html based pages of each site together. I'm just wondering, because on ...