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What is the consensus on handling pagination in 2019 on big result sets?

I would consider removing pagination completely: It isn't good for search engines. It doesn't pass link juice beyond page 2. It creates tons of additional low quality pages. It isn't good for users....
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Does rel="next" have to be in the HEAD?

The specifics of Rel next and Rel Prev can be found on the google blog here: https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2011/09/pagination-with-relnext-and-relprev.html The link attributes, <link rel="...
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“Invented” URL parameters

If there's no legitimate content at those URLs, just return a 404 status. That's what it's for. You may also want to include a rel=canonical link in your script's HTML output, to make sure that any ...
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Should canonical links for pagination include the page number, or are they not needed at all when using rel=next and rel=prev?

Yes, you are using canonical links correctly. Google and other search engines use your canonical tags. To resolve cases of where duplicate content exist ... Allow me to explain the correct usage ...
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Article over multiple pages with "see whole article" link

I don’t think that it’s a good practice to paginate articles (unless they are so long that it would affect the performance in the browser), because having exactly one canonical URL is preferable for ...
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Using rel = prev/next/canonical with the pagination of frequently updated content

1st of all, posts are displayed newest first so rel="next" for previous posts is not too intuitive, to say the least. Wolud it be more useful if it were rel="prev" for older entries? rel="next" ...
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Can HTML popups, and other parts of the page not relevant to the user's query hamper SEO?

...Each of 20 listings has Samsung keyword in it. That can be a problem especially when you don't talk about the phones with sufficient detail. Having paragraphs like this is terrible (excuse me if ...
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Is it legitimate for rel prev / next links to indicate a circular sequence of pages?

Three and a half months later I have come back to this with an entirely satisfactory solution. I was unaware of this when I posted the question above in March 2020, but way back in 2011, the W3C ...
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EM or I element is best in pagination?

Neither em nor i are appropriate elements. Nothing in their definitions would suggest that they could be used for this purpose. The b element might be appropriate here ("a span of text to which ...
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Pagination, H1 and H2 and SEO

The more unique the tags are from page to page, the better. Making it unique only by changing a digit might not be good enough. If you can't make the tags more unique than just digits, you can ...
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Should out-of-range pagination query produce a 404?

Ideally a 404 status would be used. However, it is not uncommon for a 200 status in such cases. If the 9th page is the last page, ensure that it doesn't link to page 10. If there are no links ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Pagination meta tag rel next, vs link attribute?

The rel attribute is valid on a elements. However, Google's best practices state that it expects a prev/next/canonical link to be in the <header>.
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Article over multiple pages with "see whole article" link

I would assume a big big reason for advertisement driven websites is that every time you change a page you can be presented with a different advertisement. I don't have enough points to make this just ...
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Google search shows outdated results for a high-frequency changing paginated website

Frequency of the refresh will depend on your website popularity and credibility according to google rules. (that must be the start of your reflexion) If you're in a specific niche, you may be be ...
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Connecting multi-part blog post series for SEO purposes

You're looking for the rel next, rel previous HTML attributes: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1663744?hl=en From the source link above, here is the generic example: http://www.example....
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Do rel='next' & rel='prev' stop all pagination from being indexed but the first?

No, the rel="prev" and rel="next" won't stop all the pages but the first being indexed, and that is exactly what you want it to do. The rel tags are instead used to indicate to Google that these set ...
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Can rel="prev" and rel="next" attributes be placed on elements other than <link>?

No, that is not the absolute only correct way to indicate a paginated series of pages to search engines. According to the HTML specification for the anchor tag, the rel attribute is valid on anchor ...
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How to remove paginated link from the Google search results?

In older versions of Yoast SEO plugin, you could indeed choose the option to exclude paginated pages from being indexed in search engines, using the noindex robots directive: However, they recently ...
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Technical SEO: tell google that pieces of blog are connected

Yes, using rel=next/prev should help. Google documentation on the topic is very clear. (https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/1663744?hl=en) The rel=next/prev tags help Google to prioritize ...
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How to randomize pagination results without hurting SEO?

If your listing page is supposed to list all these different products, then just shuffling their order of appearance is not going to affect your SEO score. edit: to add more. Do you use links to ...
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What is the consensus on handling pagination in 2019 on big result sets?

I second what @Stephen Ostermiller said but I unfortunately have to disagree about his suggestion of implementing Infinite scroll. Infinite scroll and load more According to John mueller, Googlebot ...
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Old WordPress pagination URLs still show first page of content and Google indexes some of them

To redirect these URLs, you can do something like the following at the top of your .htaccess file, before the WordPress front-controller: RewriteRule ^(some-article\.html)/ /$1 [R=301,L] This checks ...
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How can I stop pagination URLs from getting indexed?

You should firstly decide, what to do at first: prevent indexing, or prevent crawling? Both at the same time isn't possible. Lets assume, your pagination is already indexed. Than you should firstly ...
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Does an infinite-scroll page on its own url and a paginated page on another url with the same content hurt SEO?

The pages won't compete in terms of SEO because Googlebot never scrolls the page. The only content that Googlebot ever sees in content displayed via the onload event. Any content that is only shown ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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How to tell Google to pick the first page instead of 2nd or 3rd page of the listing?

Google thinks that the fifth page (in your case) answers the search query better (for the keyword you tested). The reason could be the quality of content, backlinks, etc. There is no specific method ...
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Pagination: Google is indexing pages that do not exist by adding pagination parameters

You're likely encountering 2 separate issues: URLs with page parameter are being indexed. Assuming that the page parameter does not modify content on the page, this can result in duplicate content ...
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Listing content on one page or paginated is better for SEO

Do for your users then think about SEO, there is always solution for good things. Let's think about Users - Your example says, you have thousand of webpages in /football/ directory, which means ...
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Listing content on one page or paginated is better for SEO

Dumping Data is a big no no just in general. Sure a couple hundred lines of plain html text will not be a problem, but imagine scaling it to thousands and thousands of html data. A computers web ...
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Listing content on one page or paginated is better for SEO

What is better isn't directly related to the number of records being returned rather it is to do with the load time of the page. If it takes a long time to produce the page due to the number of ...
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Does rel="next" have to be in the HEAD?

Despite what anyone says or reads, rel is an attribute of <link> and that element is required by the HTML specification to always be in the <head> no matter what Google or anyone else says....
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