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Rel=canonical issues - Site not indexable (7 posts)

  1. benny.a
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Hi,

    I tested the blog with SEO Doctor plugin for Firefox and it gives an error "Page is not indexable because This page has a Canonical URL set to http://blog.macronimous.com"

    Rel=canonical is enabled in All-in-one SEO settings.

    Any idea on how to resolve this?

    Thanks,
    Benny

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-seo-pack/

  2. wpsmort
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Hi benny.a,

    Your canonical link is fine and is correct for your site. Your site is being indexed by Google just fine, type site:blog.macronimous.com into Google search and you'll see results for just your site. This seems to be a false error reported by SEO Doctor.

  3. benny.a
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Hi wpsmort,

    Thanks a lot for looking at my issue.

    I get the same problem indicated by Moz.com analyics too for these pages:

    http://blog.macronimous.com/does-cdn-help-seo
    http://blog.macronimous.com/tag/how-to-start-blog
    http://blog.macronimous.com/tag/seo-ebook-download
    http://blog.macronimous.com/flat-design-less-framework-wordpress

    and 43 other page (mostly under /tag ). The issue reported by them is:

    "Duplicate Page Content
    Content that is identical (or nearly identical) to content on other pages of your site forces your pages to unnecessarily compete with each other for rankings.

    Using rel=canonical suggests to search engines which URL should be seen as canonical."

    Could that be false too?

    Our over traffic has been gone done very much, and I suspect various issues and can't this be the one too?

    Thank you in advance

  4. wpsmort
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Hi benny.a,

    Content in Tags archives is not duplicate content. Google does not consider this as duplicate content and in fact Tags are usually good for SEO because it helps visitors find related content.

  5. benny.a
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Yes, Tags are certainly welcome, But I still afraid that the bots might consider it as duplicates. Are you sure that I can ignore it? Can't we apply rel=canonical anyway?

  6. wpsmort
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Hi benny.a,

    I can tell you that Google understands how WordPress structures content and that there are multiple ways to get the same content (blog page, singular post, category archives, tag archives, date archives, author archives). Google does not consider this duplicate content. These are just methods by which WordPress structures content which is good and which Google likes. I believe Matt Cutts from Google wrote an article about this and about how canonical URLs such as those that All in One SEO Pack and WordPress generate help them.

  7. benny.a
    Member
    Posted 2 months ago #

    Thank you wpsmort. I will stop worrying about it for now. :-) Thanks a lot for your knowledgeable support.

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