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Check Canonicalisation / Duplicate Content


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#1 dilby

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Posted 15 May 2015 - 10:03 AM

Hi all - wondering if someone could point me in the right direction...

I run an online store (shopify) and use raventools online software to check my site. Currently it (and essentially any seo tool) is telling me I have a stack of duplicate content thanks to the fact that I have a lot of size/brand/colour tags etc that will eventually point you to the same product. 
I have therefore used the canonical tag but I'm lost to actually check if it's working as it should - is there a way to see what Google actually crawls and what url's it associates with the canonical one etc?

Thanks!



#2 chrishirst

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Posted 15 May 2015 - 12:00 PM

The 'tool' you are using is a load of DANGEROUS garbage and you should STOP using it IMMEDIATELY.

#3 Jill

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Posted 16 May 2015 - 02:31 AM

I disagree with Chris on that. But I'm not sure if there's a eay to check your canonicals. Just set them up and don't worry about it. 



#4 qwerty

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Posted 16 May 2015 - 07:50 AM

There's probably a way to set up Screaming Frog to do this, but I wouldn't be able to give you instructions off the top of my head. Besides, I don't know if you have access to it (I currently don't, sadly).

 

But I can tell you how to do it semi-manually. Take each set of pages that are reported as duplicate and check to make sure that every member of each set points to a single page as canonical. Just organize it by groups of pages in a spreadsheet and go through each one. I don't know how many such sets you've got, but work your way through it a little at a time, making sure that, in a given set, every page has a rel-canonical tag and you don't have any pages that declare a different page to be canonical.



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Posted 17 May 2015 - 01:53 AM

I still think that Google's indexing system CAN tell the difference between duplication that is simply a matter of fact of selling a range of products that have colour changes, and duplication that is "just because you can".

The idea of the 'rel="canonical" is to was assist with identical content served from multiple URL where a server redirect was impossible.

#6 Michael Martinez

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Posted 17 May 2015 - 11:09 PM

I would just look at what Webmaster Tools says is duplicate content and ignore the SEO tools.






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