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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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 /...
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How can I tell search engines what the preferred URL is for the content of part of a page?

Given a page which displays a list of posts in chronological order on one URL, let's say, www.example.com/listofposts. Each of these posts also has its own URL, which displays the list of posts but ...
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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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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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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 ...