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    Google, Yahoo & Microsoft Unite On Canonical Tag To Reduce Duplicate Content Clutter

    Google, Yahoo & Microsoft Unite On “Canonical Tag” To Reduce Duplicate Content Clutter

    The web is full of duplicate content. Search engines try to index and display the original or “canonical” version. Searchers only want to see one version in results. And site owners worry that if search engines find multiple versions of a page, their link credit will be diluted and they’ll lose ranking.
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    OMG, this sucks... I won't add those new links to all my pages LoL
    Maybe if there is no other option but... don't let it go to far xD

    Imagine Will has to do it on TF for every single category....

    Hmm.. I don't like the canonical tag


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  3. It will soon be built into every major CMS, so CMS users won't have to worry about it.

    I could code it into The Tech-FAQ in just a few minutes.
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    So if this canonical tag will be implemented into CMS such as Wordpress then I have nothing to worry about... In fact I don't really understand what is it for LOL...

  5. The official GoogleWebmasterCentral blog post is here.
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    Wordpress Canonical URL Links Plugin can already be found here:

    Canonical URL links - Yoast - Tweaking Websites

    This is in fact great news if you ask me, specially if you're holding a lot of unique content sites and are able to easily implement this.

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    Well, if it's easy to implement and if it will be added to WP etc.. than it's fine for me

    No problem than, but no way I would do it for all my sites myself


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    I read Matt Cutts blog and watched his video/presentation as well as reading the GoogleWebmasterCentral blog. One thing is still not clear to me.

    All the pages on my website are reachable with or without 'www'. There are only 5 pages on my site and thus only 5 html files in the directory. Where are the duplicate pages if any? (I am not able to insert the canonical tag in the pages like this)

    I suspect that I am lacking basic understanding of what duplicate content really is. Or is it that all pages that are reachable with or without www on my site have nothing to do with duplicate content?

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    There should be one and only one version of a URL for each page.Period. That's what the canonicalization issue is about.

    The duplicate pages can be URLs with and without the www. You need to set a standard and stick to it. In the past, most search engines would index both URLs, which artificially created duplicate content pages.

    If you have a site where a page can be loaded using http:// www . domainname.com/id=6 and http:// www . domainname.com/my-story/, you can sometimes create duplicate duplicate content issues.

    Even things like http:// www . domainname.com/ and http:// www . domainname.com/index.html could create duplicate URLs in search engine indexes.

    It has been a basic rule of SEO for 6 or 7 years to eliminate all duplicate URLs. The new tag just makes it easier. However, you cannot just use the URL for the current page, because you will just make the problem worse if multiple URLs for a page exist. You have to use whatever standard you set for your URLs.

    The 301 redirect has traditionally been used to resolve these types of issues. That also sets a standard, but you cannot use that unless you are on an Apache server. The new tag works with Microsoft servers, as well.

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    Thanks for your reply. Your post makes sense and I understand what you are saying. This has also been explained by Matt Cutts.

    Perhaps I should formulate my question a bit different:
    How come I can access my site with and without 'www'. I don't have duplicate pages in the directory or folders on the server, at least not that I can see. I don't see a page where I can insert a canonical tag
    Or is it something I have to set at the hosting provider?

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