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New Canonical Tag Aims To Tackle Duplicate Content Issue

Lucy Griffiths

by Lucy Griffiths on 13th February 2009

It’s one of those rare occasion when the three major search engines come together in an effort to improve search by agreeing on common standards.

Search Engines Unite With Canonical Tag

This time, it’s the turn of duplicate content and the issue of canonicalisation. Canonical, in this context, refers to the issue of duplicate content and there’s many reasons why this may occur. For legitimate reasons, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have now agreed a new standard tag to be used in the header section of a web page to specify the preferred URL.

All very good as it will flag up to the search engines and work in a similar way to 301 redirects, i.e. consolidate your link popularity to the preferred location.

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Lucy Griffiths

Lucy Griffiths

Lucy is an Internet Search Specialist focusing and working with clients on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Pay-Per-Click (PPC) strategies.

1 Comment

  • Diamara 20th February 2009

    This is really useful for big SEO conscious sites like us (Wahanda), but changing every page is a pain. We’ve written a Firefox extension to help.

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