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#1 OptWizard

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 02:14 PM

Have a canonical tag question for you. The company i work for now has all there pages in this format. www.website.com/Another-Page problem is google is indexing as well as www.website.com/another-page my game plan is the following. Set the canonical tag to read www.website.com/another-page (now its set to read whatever the URL is) and I am going to have the tech guys set page to FORCE lowercase. Would this matter if the pages are on the server or made upper and lowercase.

This should fix the problem correct?

#2 RisaBB

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 10:44 AM

Hi,

I don't think you need to force an upper or lower case.

I think your programming guys need to get this code on the top of every page:

<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.yourwebsi...ther-page.html" />

and 'another-page.html' will automatically change depending on the exact URL on the server.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 03:48 AM

Well, having one version of the URL certainly beats having two versions with a canonical tag.

It'd be better to:
- only use lowercase (or one case)
- redirect other versions to the version you use
- also use the canonical tag to point to the primary version.

While you are at it, check, whether the trailing slash (the / at the end of the URL) and the URL without it are also indexed as duplicates or not.

#4 OptWizard

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:51 AM

@RisaBB
the reason I wanted to force the lowercase so everything on the webpage is uniform.
they way that they have it set up now is the canonical tag is auto generates based on how they URL is typed in.
so if you type in www.webpage.com/NeW-PagE.asp  this is what the canaonicla tag is going to look like

The urls on the server are mixed all lowercase and /New-Page.asp
Trying to figure the easiest way to do this being there are over 10K duplicate title and description tags....



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