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digitalcow December 25th, 2011 08:31 AM

rel canonical categories
 
Eric,

Now I have added unique articles to the category pages for my categories, I am in danger of having duplicate content over paginated pages. What would be the easiest way to rel canonical all the pages of a product category back to page one? I only want the first page of a category indexed anyway.

Thanks

Eric December 25th, 2011 09:09 AM

Hi

Add this to your Category's view > view properties > <head> elements

HTML Code:

[store.if page="off"]<link rel="canonical" href="[server.url type='fullpage']" />[/store.if]
Eric

envisionweb March 22nd, 2012 05:23 PM

Hmmm..that's not working.

I want to add it to the head of the view so that even when someone filters by price it still only has the original category url. [server.url type='fullpage'] just inputs the url in the address bar which is what I don't want.

ayorofrance June 20th, 2012 05:37 AM

Hi Eric,

I don't think your code above works as intended...

I use:
Code:

<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.mydomain.com[category.link]" />
And this gives me canonical links which point back to the main category page on each page 2 - #

This ensures it's your main category page that gets the link juice and gets indexed...

With your code I think you will get canonical links that point to the page itself...

You will see
Code:

<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.mydomain.com/store/category/mycategory/2/" />
etc...

Which is not what you want...

You also want to restrict any articles/text you have on your category pages to only be shown on the first page...

Eg:
Code:

<?php if (!empty($category->description)){ ?>
[store.if page="off"]
<h2>[category.name]</h2>
<p>[category.description]</p>
[/store.if]
<?php } ?>

Just my two cents...

cashnow June 26th, 2012 08:49 AM

@ ayorofrance

I agree with you. But take a look at this:

http://www.webmasterworld.com/google/4467519.htm

And then the Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njn8uXTWiGg

Seems like the best way to handle is via rel prev next but it is not yet available in DFR.

Thanks for the tip!

cashnow July 1st, 2012 12:06 PM

After watching that video again, I am not sure rel=can a paginated series to the first page is a good idea. It seems like Google is saying only use it if the pages have the same content.

ayorofrance July 1st, 2012 12:26 PM

Yeah, a bit unclear on what's the best approach...


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