What is the Canonical Tag?

what is the canonical tag?

The canonical tag primarily functions as the method to uniquely identify a web page. In your website, you can have several URLs which take you to precisely the same web page with the same content. Maybe many of those URLs include parameters that don’t change the content of the page. Even when you do not have this occurring now, you can’t be certain that this will not happen in the future. What’s so wrong with having distinct URLs that deliver the same content? Search engines see the URLs as distinct pages, meaning that the standing of the page’s content will be divide into those URLs. Read the rest of this entry »

Resources for More Information About the Canonical Tag

With the acceptance of the canonical tag by the “big dogs” in the search engine game, information for implementing it are now readily available on the World Wide Web. As always, some sources are more reliable than others and the quality and quantity of information varies widely from one resource to the next. In the list below we’ve tried to assemble a few resources with information we think will be of value.

For questions on support for a new web implementation within the search engines, it’s always a good idea to start with the search engines themselves. Here are a few contributions from the search engine guys: Read the rest of this entry »

How to Use the Canonical Tag

Implementing support for a canonical page is easy, at least in technical terms. In many cases, it may be more difficult to determine where duplicates may be an issue within your site and which page to specify as the URL to index. Read on for help with both.

The first step in providing a canonical tag for the search engines is to decide where you may have duplicate content within your website. This isn’t always as simple as it may sound. Let’s recap a few ways that duplicate content might be a problem and what the canonical URL for those pages should be: Read the rest of this entry »

Canonical Tag Announced at SMX West

The canonical tag was announced at SMX West. Great roundup of coverage by Barry Schwartz.

Overview of the Canonical Tag

By now you’ve probably heard of a new “canonical tag” supported by the major search engines. You may have also heard that it’s an important new tool for developers and SEO experts. What you may not know is what it does and why it might be important to your site. This article will attempt to answer those questions. Read the rest of this entry »