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Google Wrongly Indexes Url Parameter


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#1 Cheebee

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 09:52 AM

I have a online store with Magento, which means there are a lot of parameters to filter categories. Small example:

www.example.com/chats/distributeurs-fontaine/

www.example.com/chats/distributeurs-fontaine/?limit=12

Since it's bad for SEO, we did 2 things for the 2nd URL not to index: we blocked it via robots.txt and used a canonical.

Robots.txt line: 

Disallow: /*?limit

Canonical: <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.example.com/chats/distributeurs-fontaine/" />

Still, the 2 URLs are indexed. I'll admit we didn't set proper URL parameters instructions in Webmaster tools from the start (it's now done), but I would have thought we did enough.

Do you have an idea why the canonical didn't work? And do you see a potential solution to get the thousands of bad URLs out?



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Posted 05 March 2015 - 10:22 AM

 

 

Do you have an idea why the canonical didn't work?

 

How long has it been in place/



#3 Cheebee

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Posted 05 March 2015 - 10:29 AM

It was in place since launching the website. I believe there were one or two days where it did not work properly, but the spike in indexed pages happened about two weeks after it was fixed.



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Posted 05 March 2015 - 10:34 AM

 

 

It was in place since launching the website

And that would be .... ....?






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