Ep. 79 - How to specify the canonical version of a Joomla! page to prevent duplicate content

In Joomla!, a page content can be accessed through different URLs. This causes duplicate content issues, which can be solved by specifying the canonical (preferred) version of a page.

Step 1:

  1. First, access the RSSeo! "Pages" tab.
  2. In our video tutorial, we've taken as an example the "Joomla! Community" pages. There are 3 different URLs that point to the same content. The canonical (preffered) URL used across the site is the SEF version.

 

Note: you can pick any URL version you wish as canonical, but make sure that you link consistently within your site.

Step 2:

  1. We will add in the header of each non-canonical page rel="canonical" pointing to the sef version.
  2. Edit the non-canonical page and add its preferred version.
  3. In our example, the canonical (preferred) URL is the sef version.
  4. Notice that the non-sef URL will have as canonical the SEF version.

 

Source code:

  1. Let's see the source code of the non-canonical page.
  2. RSSeo! has included in the head of the non-canonical page:
  3. This indicates to search engines that the preferred URL of this page is the sef version.

 

  1. The process repeats for all the other URLs, except for the SEF version.
  2. There's no need to add the canonical element in the SEF version of the page

 

 


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