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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Google selected canonical overwriting non-duplicate translated pages in another language

Google is ignoring the canonicals & hreflangs for perfectly valid and non-duplicate content Originally the url after language (/de/ or /en/) were the same so I localised those parts as well but ...
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Should mobile sitemaps point to canonical urls

I've recently developed a mobile-friendly version of an old site. The old site still does really well in the SERPs for key terms, so I don't want to redirect everyone (yet). But I do want to give ...
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SEO Implications Of Canonical Link Requiring Login

Is it considered bad practice for a canonical link on a page return a 302 redirect to a login page? Example: If https://foo.com/bar/slug?version=2019-02-01&signature=XXX returns HTTP/1.1 200 OK ...
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Why is “User-declared canonical” URL different between “GOOGLE INDEX” versus “LIVE TEST” in Google Search Console?

I work on a site that has experienced a drop in search traffic lately. On digging into it, we've noticed that our recent content isn't getting indexed. When I check some of the URLs for new content in ...
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Google isn't finding content in paginated lists

We have a website which lists machine parts by code number. These show in a paginated list: /parts?page=1 has records 1 to 25 of 356736. We use canonical, next, and prev links. The list may be ...
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Why does Google index a URL with UTM parameters when the canonical URL does not include them?

I've noticed some strange behavior in the search results, where Google includes only the "duplicated" landing page in the search results. Searchmetrics website status then also picks up this page, but ...
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does implementing canonical tags on pages with high page view drop the traffic to them? [duplicate]

My client has a bunch of duplicate content. The problem is all of them have high amount of traffic. So if I implement canonical tags on them, will it hurt the performance?
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Is a cross domain canonical appropriate when an API is used to pull in data from a page on another site?

This is simply a question to figure out if I am understanding this and my approach is correct. www.ticketwebsite.example/event/event-name - Event ticket website www.mysite.example/event/event-...
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Google does not find canonical URL on indexed page even though it finds it in a live test

I have a problem where Google ignores my set canonical tag. If I use the "URL inspection" tool in the new Google search console I can see that on the indexed page they could not find any "User-...
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mobile urls canonical & hreflang

I again have problem when working on the mobile seo urls, so the scenario is below: We have 2 domains www.example.com and www.example.es The .es is pointing canonical to .com and that's fine as we ...
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Is rel=canonical almost useless for an SPA?

In this article: https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2013/04/5-common-mistakes-with-relcanonical.html, mistake 3 says you can only use the rel=canonical setting once per page. As a result, if not, in ...
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SEO for multiple domains for the same site

I have a .co.uk site that ranks well (position no. 4 in Google and no. 1 in Bing). After 5 years, I've finally got round to registering the .com for the same site. As this doesn't need to be a .co.uk ...
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Google only serving m. results despite correct alternate/canonicals

This is for a client site. Google seems to only return mobile results for all search queries. The m. and desktop site are not competing or conflicting with each other however.. All m. pages have the ...
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Duplicate content with image CDN [duplicate]

I'm in a similar situation as this user: CDN virtual subdomain causes duplicated content However, I have yet to create the CDN. My question has 2 parts: Part 1: I think I may have found an issue ...
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Google Ignoring Canonical - Asking for Advice on Alternative Option

We self-host video content on our site and allow other sites to embed our videos using IFRAME. Up until a few months ago, we used to canonical the iframe page to the video listing page on our website ...
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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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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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Should homepage be set up as canonical?

Last 30 days I experianced real ranking and CTR boost on Google Search, only with setting up pages as canonical. New Google Search Console when indexing pages, also fetches information if page is (...
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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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Google ignoring Canonical tag

I have two pages on the site that are 100% identical: MyDomain.com MyDomain.com/Keyword MyDomain.com/Keyword exists solely because I had to give the page I created in the CMS a url, and that page is ...
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duplicate content: How to use the same content on different news sites? [duplicate]

I'd like to post the same content on different domains, where those domains are regional news sites and thus have different audiences which in times are interested in the same news. Is Google likely ...
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How use Canonical url and does duplicate links get negative points by search engine

We have website which was developed sometime back and i noticed that canonical meta tags is missing from the website even though we have few duplicate links on the website For example home page can ...
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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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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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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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Using relative URLs in <link rel=“canonical” … />

I just noticed that Google support's Consolidate duplicate URLs - Search Console Help says: Use absolute paths rather than relative paths with the rel="canonical" link element. Use this ...
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Should I use Canonical Tag ? I have replaced underscore by hyphen in url

I have created a website in codeigniter. Some urls have underscore eg:demo.com/heritagehome_cochin . so I replaced underscore with hyphen for seo friendy URL by changing routes.php file. My doubt is ...
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Why would Google canonize between hreflang pages?

So as far as I know, one of the most important use cases, and basically the whole point of hreflang is to be able to control which domain should rank where when it is not obvious. I notice that from ...
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How to set canonical tags using Yoast [closed]

I am stuck on fixing canonical issue. I found Yoast's .htaccess file, but not understanding what to put in there. How do I code it into my website?
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Correct use of hreflang / canonical tags on regional shopify stores

I'm setting up 2 regional shopify sites. Should I consider canonical tags or/and use hreflang to ensure that search engines will send my users towards the right site. The first store covers the ...
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Multilanguage with canonicals and without duplicates

Website has two language versions of the pages with different URLs. Wordpress plug-in translates pages after selecting the language in the site menu, not automatically. Am I doing the right thing if ...
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Using canonicals for image gallery items on sub pages

I have a sub page on a website that features an image gallery /gallery/gallery-name/ - this page contains a common description about the content of the gallery and thumbnails for the gallery items. ...
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How can I make the canonical tag different on every page when it is included in my common header section? [closed]

I have a photo sharing site. I inserted the canonical tag on header ( i have common header section for every page) of index page. but all pages show the same tag. How can i implement canonical tag ...
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What is better: one page or some pages?

What do you mean is better in terms of SEO (all aspects of it: internal linking, content, index management): to have one page with unique content or to have some pages with similar content to the ...
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Will “rel=canonical” pages be indexed?

So to give an overview of my application, I will have pages of various businesses (parents) and then each business will have additional pages of each business location (children). The plan is for ...
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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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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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How to determine which of these localization links should be made canonical?

I'm adding localization support for GoogleBot crawling to a page that already uses the default cookie approach of ASP.net Core to determine language. The expectation is that the new system will ...
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Canonicals and SEO for similar content across multiple environments

I have a VPS with multiple sites all using 1 shared IP. I also have a dedicated IP I can assign to 1 site. I have development (DEV) and production (PROD) environments for each site. I avoid duplicate ...
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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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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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Use canonical URLs to Some Internal Pages to Pointing Main Domain

I read lots of answer in canonical-url tag, but I could not get a good answer for my question. I have a web design company. Mainly I provide two service. Digital Marketing Web Design There are ...