canonical seo checkup help

what is canonical and how i can fix it?

  • Nebu John
    • Staff

    Hi Savvas,

    I hope you're well today and thank you for reaching out to us!

    A canonical link is a way to tell search engines which content is "main" one in case there are two or more URLs on site that contain the same content. For example:

    site.com/super-cars
    site.com/fast-cars

    being pages of the same site both include the very same article (same content); in such case, Google could consider them as "duplicate content" and remove either one of them or both from the search results. By using "canonical link" you can tell Google that "site.com/super-cars" is the main one and it will know that "site.com/fast-cars" is just (an intentional) copy of it so it will not penalize it.

    Because of that there's no need to use canonical link in case of a homepage usually and there's no point to add it if there is no duplicated content as well as use a canonical link that actually points to itself (like e.g. on a homepage of "site.com" set canonical link to "site.com"). However, while this is detected and thus reported to you, it's a harmless thing - nor keeping it there neither removing it would affect SEO. It's just ignored in such a case.

    That said, SmartCrawl plugin does include a tool to hide redundant canonical link tags which can be enabled from "Dashboard >> SmartCrawl >> Settings" page.

    Feel free to get back to us here if you have any doubts or need any help further.

    Kind Regards,
    Nebu John

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