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Ecommerce SEO - Canonicalize product variations?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by LorenzoLD, Dec 11, 2017.

  1. LorenzoLD

    LorenzoLD Newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    One of our sites has been struggling through the rankings and experiences a lot of heavy dancing every few months.
    Generally the on-site SEO is strong with link structure, internal linking, and content.
    But this site is a mid-sized ecommerce store and a lot of the products have 3-5 colour variations which are on different URL's using the same product description and the pages are nearly copies except for 2 different words in each title.

    We have been considering at canonicalizing these products to point to just one of the variations but this will require a lot of work so want your views first.

    Question...
    Since there's only about 3-5 'duplicate' product URL's of each product, will this be having enough of an impact on site SEO to warrant spending the time canonicalizing them all?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
     
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  2. bartosimpsonio

    bartosimpsonio Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Maybe you should group the shallower content for variations under sections for one product page.
     
  3. Eric Nannes

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    You can build backlinks for their individual URL's !
     
  4. LorenzoLD

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    Are you suggesting pulling all the variations in to one page?

    We had considered this but for usability it is better for the variations to sit on different pages/URLs
     
  5. bartosimpsonio

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    Shallow content will kill your rankings. Grouping a bunch of shallow content into one page has helped me boost many products.
     
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    Always it is wiser to avoid duplicate content. Although canonicalizing will help you in unavoidable situations like yours. If it is possible to make all the variants of products on a single page and try to merge shallow contents into a single content. Otherwise, go for the canonical tag.
     
  7. LorenzoLD

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    Thanks for the thoughts. Would you say that by grouping them and reducing all of the thin content it improved SEO across the site e.g. category pages above products, or just the product pages themselves?
     
  8. bartosimpsonio

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    Individual pages.