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From an SEO perspective, can canonicals be used for typo domain aliases instead of redirects?

In most cases the canonical link type could be used in place of 301 redirects, but 301 redirects are almost always preferable. From the canonical RFC (bold emphasis mine): Before adding the canonical ...
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Is "site:" returning pages that would not otherwise be returned?

<meta rel="canonical" type="text/html" title="Home Page" href="https://exdox.com"/> This is incorrect. This should be a link element, not a meta element. For example: <link rel="...
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Do I need to put rel="canonical" in the original page?

It's highly recommended. Google will probably understand what you mean without it, but it's highly encouraged to add it to all pages with the same content including the canonical page itself.
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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?

No canonical links are not required if 301 redirects are working to the correct page(s), however, it should be noted that using canonical links is considered a best practice. Canonical links are a ...
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Why is "User-declared canonical" URL different between "GOOGLE INDEX" versus "LIVE TEST" in Google Search Console?

This is very tough without actually getting under the hood in GSC. Based on your comment it also seems like the problem got resolved, but I'll list some possibilities to consider for anyone that finds ...
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Can I configure Google Analytics to use the canonical URL?

You can modify your Google Analytics tracking snippet to use the canonical URL that you specify. Your normal GA tracking snippet should look something like this: <!-- Google Analytics --> <...
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Duplicate content after moving from http to https

You just need to give it time. A couple days is no where near enough. Google will move your site over to HTTPS in its search index one page at a time. Depending on the size of your site, the ...
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Is this a good use case for rel=canonical

I don't believe so. In this case, the most important part that differentiates both pages is the words "masters" vs "graduate". Using canonical you are basically telling google that you prefer one over ...
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Using canonical links to keep a site out of Google search results

Use noindex to keep pages out of Google’s index The only correct way to keep results out of Google’s index is to use noindex. At the risk of being pendantic, Google’s (or any search engine’s) search ...
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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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Preventing Duplicate Meta Errors in Multi-page Sections

Canonical links will help for page content but they do not help against duplicate titles and meta descriptions. WordPress is notorious for adding duplicate titles and meta descriptions whenever using ...
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Do you set the title attribute of the canonical link tag to the page title?

You don't need to use the title attribute. It doesn't add any functionality. This is what your canonical tag should look like. Make sure you use the FULL url including the correct http or https ...
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Use canonical and alternate URL correctly?

Hey @WarrenH and @Maximillian Laumeister, thx for your answers. I found this website: https://www.searchviu.com/en/hreflang-canonical/ and if i understand it. The solution is: Version blue: DE ...
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Should homepage be set up as canonical?

Yes, it is very important to put a canonical tag on the homepage of your website. It depends on your website URL, If your website URL is https://example.com then your canonical URL should be <link ...
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Should canonical tags point to the guest post on an external site, or the copy on my own site?

If the other party are benefiting from your article and you benefit from the backlink, then you cannot have the version of the article on your own website as the original. This does depend on whether ...
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How to fix duplicate content caused by editing titles that creates new URLs for the same page?

Ensure your canonical are set correctly. There should be only one canonical for each page. So, any two URLs that you consider the same must have the same canonical. From you example, it looks like the ...
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Error message "Canonical is empty" despite canonical URL has been set in <head> section

The <link rel="canonical" href="http://example.com/"> tag must be somewhere wihtin the <head>…</head> block (as explained here), no matter its position relatively ...
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Using a redirect link in rel=canonical link tag bad for SEO?

The canonical should point to the URL with a status code 200. Pointing the canonical to a redirect beats the purpose and makes it more likely that Google ignores it.
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Avoid duplicate content with rel=canonical

If you can, move stuff from www.example.com/location-b/beach-a to www.example.com/beach-a. Like this you won't have to deal with this issue, and you will give more "power" to one page ...
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Is it okay to have <canonical> outside the <head> tag?

https://developers.google.com/search/docs/crawling-indexing/consolidate-duplicate-urls The following text is highlighted in the official Google documentation: If you use a CMS, such as WordPress, Wix,...
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Is a canonical tag pointing to my home page causing Google to remove my pages from the search index?

Canonical tags are meant to be used when you have pages with the same (duplicate) content. When you put a canonical tag on each of you pages pointing to the home page, you are telling Google that ...
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Does Content Syndication to a Microblogging websites help in Link building?

No it won't and this strategy died or no longer effective long time ago. It will only create more duplicated copy of the content which is obviously spam related. And it's like you are chopping your ...
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SEO - Canonical Tags and, 301 and Product Variations

No, a noindex isn't necessary. The canonical link element should ensure that only the canonical version is returned in search results – so no duplicates – and will benefit from "ranking signals" of ...
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When the HTTP site redirects to HTTPS what should the canonical URL tag point to?

The clue is in the name... whatever is the canonical URL should go in the rel="canonical" element. The rel="canonial" element, as it's name suggests, contains a reference to the canonical URL. There ...
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OnPage SEO check error: "The page is missing a Canonical Tag"

Even with no canonical link tags on any page, pages are likely to get indexed by Google. Many SEO tools incorrectly give that kind of error, so just stay away from such tools. The best SEO tool is ...
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Linked desktop and mobile pages- does SEO rank of mobile website even matter?

I have worked with websites using the approach you are mentioning. Here's my take: Yes, it will be crawled and indexed (if you have internal links to all pages). They should be identical if you are ...
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From an SEO perspective, can canonicals be used for typo domain aliases instead of redirects?

Using 301 Permanent Redirect is the best thing to do for users and search engines. While a canonical is a suggestion to search engines, it allows page variations to exist. Users do not see canonical ...
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Can I use pushState for SEO on a single page application that is fully loaded on the first request?

Loading the whole thing regardless of entry page would, I imagine, create a load speed problem. That will negatively impact user engagement (i.e. higher abandonment rates, etc.) and harm rankings in ...
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Is "site:" returning pages that would not otherwise be returned?

Do you know whether that canonical looks correct from https://blah.m2osw.com This an example of really funny question ;) To the point: canonical is just a recommendation. This means: Google will ...
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What is the SEO impact of canonical links pointing to 404 pages?

Essentially, the canonical url tag would be telling search engines that the definitive url that you want to rank is the one that triggers a 404. When crawlers follow this canonical url tag, and see ...
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