Canonical Link Element

Matt Cutts of Google introduces the canonical link element. Resources: Blog post on Google webmaster blog: Yahoo blog post: Microsoft: Ask: Google Help Center documentation: Joost de Valk: WordPress, Magento, and Drupal

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25 Replies to “Canonical Link Element”

  1. Many of the popular content management software platforms do not grant free access to the Head section of the code. Will Google honor the rel=”canonical” link element in the Body or even footer?

  2. yeah but how do you translate entire pages instantly to the language of my choice?

  3. we implemented this for one of our sites and although it fixed the duplicated content errors in the webmaster tool, but also dropped quite a bit of organic traffic. So I am not sure if duplicated content is such a bad thing at times….

  4. This is good to know because i hear the opposite in order to get more links.

  5. why does Google not make a tool to check your site if it is ok with the TOS and point out possible problems and give possibility to fix it, before you get an abrupt BAN of SERPS

  6. If I have a canonical tag with the same content but pointing to a url with different key words but the old url ranks better then the new canonical url, can that happen? I could have 10 old urls pointing to 1 canonical url & 1 of the old urls ranks better, this sound very black hat though. Is it?

    I want to leave the old urls because they might change with my site, but I don’t want to break links that I ahve promoted, I don’t want to be penalized for this I hope only canonical url is used?

  7. @GoogleWebmasterHelp
    Why is that not all videos have that CC button.
    I cant watch German newsreel from WW2
    What to do?

  8. why is that not all videos have that CC button . For example i’m trying to watch a russian video and I want it translated but the video doesn’t have the button . Would you please tell me what to do ?

  9. absolutely fabulous tutorial. it solves all canonical problems in ten minutes

  10. Great video, very useful and well explained for users at all levels. Was interesting enough to watch the entire 20 minute video! Great Job! Sincerely, Jamie Dolan

  11. Holy Cow 3,000 times for a sess id. Cutts is just getting funny with this stuff now.

  12. How does google treat links tagged with the Google URL Builder???? Are these considered unique links with duplicate content?

  13. You cite a url with a trailing slash as being a separate page from that of a url without the trailing slash; though I was under the impression that a browser performs a GET request specifying the page to retrieve (when at the root, this being “/”). So by that principal, how would a request even go out to the domain without (essentially) a request without the trailing slash? Is there any need to differentiate the two (being that, without the trailing slash, it doesn’t exist)?

  14. Didn’t realize the subtitles could be turned off. Seems they came up by default earlier, but not they don’t. Thanks for that.

    DeafTuber, you got me wrong. I got nothing against providing the option of subtitles at all, just don’t think they should be intrusive and mandatory as these were earlier. I actually consider screen readers in every site I build, and volunteer web services to a disabled sports group (which includes some deaf users), so I am decidedly more sensitive to the issue than most

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