There are number of the question in webmaster mind to land on this article. What are the canonical tags? when and where to use them? Do rel Canonical tags effect the SEO ?
So We know, There is number of the to take way. This article will answer everything you need to know about the canonical URLs or tags.
Canonical tags may effect the display of the search result and general ranking of the website. it is very important to know about the your content and how to tell the google that this is unique over the ocean of the content (web world).
So implementing the canonical tags wrongly may worsen your situation than not having them at all on your blog. first learn about them and than try to use them properly.
What is Canonical Tag?
- 1 What is Canonical Tag?
- 2 How the rel = canonical tag effect the SEO of your website
- 3 What is difference between rel = canonical tag and 301 redirect?
- 4 Do rel = Canonical Tags Pass Link Juice?
- 5 How to Add a rel = Canonical Tag ?
- 6 You can also check these articles.
Rel Canonical tags are syntax tags and used to over come the duplicate content issue.
Suppose you are having four duplicate page ( almost similar to each other). You can choose one of them to show in SERPs. This way you can help the google to decide which one to show in search result.
However, the rel canonical tags doesn’t help the google unless you use them properly.
So , google finds lot of the pages similar to each other, even similar pages on the same website.
However , google pickup only one out of other from same domain and than also compare with the other type of the similar pages over the web world.
You can use rel canonical tags help the google in understanding the similar page on your site.
How the rel = canonical tag effect the SEO of your website
Canonical tag infect was introduced to solve the problem duplicate content on website and tell the search engine about the page to display in SERPs.
But rel canonical tags effect the SEO of the website in two way
#1 It can effect display of page in SERPs
As you can tell the google which page to display in SERPs. suppose page1 is ranking in the google display and you tell the google to display page2 . This is damging use of the rel canonical tag.
#2 Canonicalizing pages properly result in boost in rankings
As mention earlier that the google like it, when you make the things easier for it. rel canonical tag allows search engine to focus and target on the right page you want to rank.
Let us understand , you are having the one main page and two other similar page have contain similar to first one.
You can use the rel canonical tag to describe the one page you want to list in google search and leave other two. Now user will arrive to your site by first page and can navigate on other two also.
What is difference between rel = canonical tag and 301 redirect?
Here, in clear sense , the rel = canonical tag tel the google that these are duplicate content and here is one which you should pick for SERPs.
301 redirect tell the google that this page no longer exist and here is the new page with fresh updated contents.
canonical tags allow you to land the user on the desired page, 301 redirect won’t.
We know that 301 redirect completely pass all authority to the new page. question arises ,Is canonical tag do same thing? answer is off course yes.
see the image of google answer-
Now, if someone links to gpatrika.com/search?class=english and you want gpatrika.com/hindi-class to be the page that gets all the benefits, you can very well do it by adding a canonical tag.
How to Add a rel = Canonical Tag ?
Adding the canonical tag is simple but mange their conflict is slightly difficult.
if page1 is pointing to page2. page 3 is also pointing page2 than it is very difficult to do it.
A google way of doing is using the yoast plugin, if you are running your website on the WordPress the yoast plugin is the best way of doing the this activity.
This setting is will be available at bottom of the post, when you are writing. click to the setting button as can be seen below-
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