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Canonical Tags Is It Important?


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#1 redux

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Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:15 PM

One of my clients has just hired an SEO to audit his site. They came back with adding canonical tags, however when checking my clients site he doesnt have any duplicates on GWT. Its a CMS website and would be a pain to get a developer to developer a tweak to do this.

 

I've read that using 301 redirects with .htaccess is easier and better than canonical tags, is this correct?

 

 



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Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:47 AM

In the circumstances you describe, canonical tags are not essential but are a "nice to have".  For example, somebody may link to your client's site at www.clientdomain.com/?affiliate=somebody (which you didn't predict would happen) and the canonical tag would tell search bots to treat that the same as if they had linked simply to www.clientdomain.com/

 

 

I've read that using 301 redirects with .htaccess is easier and better than canonical tags, is this correct?

 

It depends.  Sometimes, but not always.


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Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:17 AM

Makes perfect sense. 

 

Ill get the developers working on the tweak.






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