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New Canonical Link Tag - Duplicate Content

Google, Yahoo! and MSN have come to a consensus on a new tag that can steer the engines straight on duplicate content.

The new tag is the <link> tag. It tells search engines which URL is the correct one to index.

Similar to meta data tags - the link tag goes in the <head> section of the page. Here is an example:

<link rel="canonical" href="" />

You can see more details on the canonical link tag here.


03/04/2009 3:33pm
Shad, Interesting that search engine consider one URL dif. from another by a slight change such as capitalization. I use rel=nofollow to control page rank but never knew that if a footer for instance is the same text as the top navigation and URL but is lower case opposed to uppercase will be considered a whole new set of links. This tells me that if there's any change in the link and there are 2 of the same links anywhere on the page to put nofollow on the duplicates so an unnecessary amount of page rank does not leak out to those pages.
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02/28/2010 7:36am
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