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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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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Can a cross domain canonical link or a meta refresh be used for SEO instead of a 301 redirect?

I prefer to use a cross domain canonical instead of 301: <link rel="canonical" href="http://example.net/dirA" /> is it OK for SEO purposes? Is it better than meta refresh like this? <meta ...
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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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Use canonical tag with multidomains

The canonical link type should be used to avoid duplicate content within a page. Is there a way to apply it to content from another domain?
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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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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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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 - 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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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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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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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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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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Is this a good use case for rel=canonical

I have two pages with similar content with slightly different text for eg graduate degree vs masters degree. Logically they are same terms but users use these two different terms to search. If I ...
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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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Should I be using both “rel=canonical” and “rel=”alternate" within my sitemap?

I followed this setup in my sitemap that Google outlines on this page: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/189077?hl=en . <url> <loc>http://example.com/en</loc> <xhtml:...
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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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Google complains about missing hreflang tags despite documentation that says only a canonical tag should be used for untranslated conent

I followed a Google tutorial for profile pages on my website. The tutorial claims: For sites that have their template localized but the keep their pages’ main content untranslated: Step 1: ...
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can the x-robots instruction noindex be good enough to declare duplicate content?

I still have a feeling that at least one search engine in the entire world does not support rel-canonical like google does. On top of that, rel-canonical offers less flexibility especially when ...
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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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How to use rel=canonical/rel=alternate when number of items per page on each site are different?

I have a website that shows photos accessible from a gallery section (that shows relevant photo thumbnails) divided up into pages. On the desktop version of the site, the gallery section is divided ...
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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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rel=“canonical” change ranking

Ok we have a website that is ranking number1 for a VERY NICE keyword. We would prefer if a different website gets that top spot. Question Lets refer to the site that is ranking nr1 as site1 we want ...
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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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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 ...
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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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rel=canonical for archive pages

I'm trying to figure what is the correct use of rel=canonical in case of archive pages (be it date, author, category etc). Basically, I want them indexed but nofollowed noindexed but followed, as ...
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Canonical tag to avoid duplicate content: what impacts?

I'm working for a company which job is to take care of "networks". One brand buy websites in bulk. They set-up one website with unique content on it describing their job, what they do, what they ...
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301 or canonical for URLs with a '/'?

Is it better to use 301 redirects to URLs with a trailing / to a URL without a trailing / or is it better to canonicalise one version?
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Duplicate meta tags issue despite having “rel='canonical'” tag

I'm getting more and more duplicate meta tags alerts on Google Webmaster tools everyday. It's a blog and I have setup rel='canonical' tags long before and they are showing up correctly. http://www....
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Using rel=canonical for subsection of pages

I have a page and I am kind of split between having a big page with lots of related contents or split into smaller pages. Creating smaller pages will result in thin content which is not liked well by ...
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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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What should be the rel=“canonical” tag in all these scenarios?

I've couple of questions about rel=canonical since I'm getting little confused. I've a website that shows list of doctors. I want to know the rel canonical for each of the following webpages. So ...
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Using rel canonical for non-duplicate content

I have 4 types pages: Companies Products Services Main landing pages that contains part of 3 other types with links to its. The top 3 types have pagination, but landing pages don't. They a each a ...
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How duplicate must two pages be in order for one to require rel=canonical?

I've been reading up on: <link rel="canonical" href="(original url)"> And one thing that I'm trying to figure out is the lowest percent of duplication must any two pages need to be in order ...
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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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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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Does using IDs in the URL make Google view the URLs as duplicate?

In my site, I use query string for navigate between products. Example: /ProductView.aspx?ProductID=1 /ProductView.aspx?ProductID=2 /ProductView.aspx?ProductID=3 Am I faced with link duplicates ...
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Linking desktop and mobile pages

Since I'm a non-technical person willing to enter the mobile space, would like to ask for some advice and the specific code to add to my pages if possible. My desktop site is bilingual English/...
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How should cross site canonical meta links be placed? Should they be different per page and should they go on the canonical domain itself?

I have a website available via www.mydomain.com that is also available via svr7464z.vps.hostingcompanycom. The content is 100% identical, it's a mirror. I don't want search engines to know about ...
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Beneficial to optimize rel=“canonical” pages as well as original?

For pages that have rel="canonical" and are duplicates of other pages on my site, does it make sense to optimize those pages? Would optimize the duplicate page with rel="canonical" in terms of the ...
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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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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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Canonical URLs for local versions of a webpage?

I'm currently looking to grow traffic on a consumer-facing reviews site (Like Yelp, but for the security industry). One strategy we are pursuing is to provide localized content based on the zip code ...
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Will foreign content with rel=“alternative” hreflang affect my SEO ranking?

I'm running an internationalized web service with user-created content (study notes). Most content is from Polish version, although we have younger Turkish and Russian versions too. Each version uses ...
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I have permission to republish articles. Do I need to use rel=canonical?

I made a deal with a guy. I will give him advertising on my site for his business. He will give me permission to reprint the articles that appear on his site (he wrote them). I was looking for a lot ...
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Duplicate content: two pages with just a little change in code are still considered duplicate content?

I have a website which talks about cars and motorcycles. Once in, the user can choose wether to browse the cars section or the motorcycles section. Once chosen his section, the url will have a /...