Google and the Canonical Link Rel
Google has introduced a link tag rel value of canonical which is used for defining the value of the page that Google should use. Why? Lets say you have an eCommerce site and one of the product URLs is:
Imagine now that you can make a slight customization to the product that changes the URL to:
Uh oh -- Google sees duplicate content! The code shows essentially the same page so Google thinks you're pulling gangsta stuff. Now you can tell Google what URL to use for the current page to avoid duplicate content penalization.
<link rel="canonical" href="http://yoursite.com/product.php?p=david+walsh+blog+book" />
Don't let your website get penalized by Google; use this link/rel tag combination for your highly variable pages.
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I think the article could have given a bit more info on canonical urls…
@Adriaan: Thank you for your comment. I could have but my fear is spending a ton of time on an explanation when 99% of people would prefer a brief explanation with a sample problem and solution like I provided. I appreciate your honesty!
OK, I had to go to Google to find out where in the document this LINK goes… But this is good info, thanks for the the tip. Google implies that some other search engines look at this too.
time to google for more about canonical ;)
Liked the posts about firefox extensions too, really useful for beginners on that world.
ps: you forgot to close the link tag.
Add this code to the section of the page.
< head >
< title > Davidd Walsh Blog Book< /title >
< link rel=”canonical” href=”http://yoursite.com/product.php?p=david+walsh+blog+book” />
< /head >
@Fabio, No missing < /a > tag as its a < link .. >
Good I want to implement it first and have post this tips. Thanks
great post is there any problem if i use rel tag for all of my links
Thanks for the tip about rel canonical.
You can find more info here: http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=139394
Thanks for the article.