Canonicals: Canonicalised

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Pages that have a canonical to a different URL. The URL is ‘canonicalised’ to another location.

This means the search engines are being instructed to not index the page, and the indexing and linking properties should be consolidated to the URL in the canonical.

How to Analyse in the SEO Spider

View URLs with this issue in the ‘Canonicals’ tab and ‘Canonicalised’ filter, and export all URLs using the ‘Export’ button.

Read our tutorial on ‘How To Audit Canonicals‘.

What Triggers This Issue

This issue is triggered when pages have a canonical link pointing to a different URL.

For example:

Has the canonical:

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

How To Fix

These URLs should be reviewed carefully to ensure the indexing and link signals are being consolidated to the correct URL.

In a perfect world, a website wouldn’t need to canonicalise any URLs as only canonical versions would be linked to internally on a website, but often they are required due to various circumstances outside of control, and to prevent duplicate content.

Update internal links to canonical versions of URLs where possible.

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