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  • What is Canonical URL?

    What is canonical URL? What is the purpose of creating Canonical URL for SEO?

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    A canonical link element is an HTML element that helps webmasters prevent duplicate content issues by specifying the "canonical", or "preferred", version of a web page as part of search engine optimization. It's a good idea to pick one of those URLs as your preferred (canonical) destination, and use 301 redirects to send traffic from the other URLs to your preferred URL. A server-side 301 redirect is the best way to ensure that users and search engines are directed to the correct page.

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    • #3
      A canonical tag specifies the source URL (or original content page) of a given page to a search engine such as Google. Canonical tags are used to declare a single page as its own source or for duplicate pages to reference their source / originating page. Search Engines use the canonical tag to combat duplicate content issues and assign search engine ranking value for that content to the page designated as the “source” URL.

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      • #4
        It mostly used to avoid the duplicate content issues.

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        • #5
          The Canonical URL tag attribute is similar in many ways to a 301 redirect from an SEO perspective. In essence, you're telling the engines that multiple pages should be considered as one which a 301 does, without actually redirecting visitors to the new URL.

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          • #6
            you can find all you need to know here:

            https://support.google.com/webmaster...r/139066?hl=en
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canonical_link_element

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