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Link Rel=canonical - Should I Use This For Regular/print Friendly Vers

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#1 rolf


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Posted 18 March 2009 - 06:33 AM

The new rel=canonical tag seems like a good idea, but as with all new things there seems to be a lot of questions about appropriate use right now.

I have an articles section with 2 versions of each page, a printer friendly version and a full graphics version. To be clear, each printer friendly version is an individual page and the full graphics version is a single php page that pulls the printer friendly page in as required. So the printer friendly version might be called article-about-whatever.php whereas the graphic page might be called article-index.php?id=123

Should/could I use the rel=canonical tag to tell G that this is the same page? would this be accounted for within my historical GoAn stats?

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 07:06 AM

That's pretty much what rel="canonical" is for, according to the folks at the engines I've talked to Rolf. It's their ideal implementation in fact.

I don't believe however it's going to have any effect on the GoAn side of things currently. It's still going to produce actual analytics of page hits by real visitors, regardless of your use of rel="canonical" as I understand it. Which is probably the way it should be.

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Posted 18 March 2009 - 08:20 AM

Thanks Randy, I thought it would be right, but the examples I've seen have all been using variables in the URL, which makes just as much sense to me so I wasn't sure.

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