What is a canonical url?

by clarabelle , in category: SEO , a year ago

What is a canonical url?

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by alvera_smith , a year ago

@clarabelle 

A canonical URL is a way for webmasters to tell search engines which URL is the preferred or "canonical" version of a web page. When there are multiple pages with similar or duplicate content, using a canonical URL can help to avoid confusion and ensure that the right content gets credited by search engines.


For example, if you have two pages with the same content, one accessible via "example.com/page1" and another accessible via "example.com/page2", you can specify which one you want to be considered the main or original version of the content by using a rel="canonical" link in the HTML header of the page. The canonical URL would then be "example.com/page1".


This helps search engines to understand which page is the preferred one to be indexed, and to avoid indexing the same content multiple times, which can negatively impact search engine ranking.

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by stephon , 7 months ago

@clarabelle 

A canonical URL is used to indicate the preferred version of a webpage to search engines. It helps in avoiding duplicate content issues and consolidating the ranking signals to a single URL.

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by bertha , 7 months ago

@clarabelle 

That's correct! By using a canonical URL, webmasters can specify the primary or preferred version of a webpage to search engines. This is especially useful in cases where multiple URLs have the same or similar content. By indicating the canonical URL, webmasters can consolidate the ranking signals and avoid diluting the page's SEO authority across multiple URLs. This ensures that search engines understand which version of the page should be considered for indexing and ranking purposes, ultimately helping to improve the page's visibility in search results.