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Forum Moderators: Robert Charlton & aakk9999 & goodroi e-commerce category filters - index

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by Kizasi, Apr 5, 2016.

  1. Kizasi

    Kizasi Newbie

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    Hello,
    what is the current trend in online shops with filtering?

    Should category filters be indexed or "noindex, follow"?

    My current situation is that I have hundred of thousands of URLs with filter parameters indexed. They bring about 4% of organic traffic. Recently I added global canonicals to the corresponding category URLs. This resulted in drop to 1% of organic traffic from results with filter parameters. Now I either want to noindex them and prune this massive number of URLs indexed (they exceed the actual number of pages in my e-commerce by 20x) or should I remove the canonical to at least bring back the 4%?

    Cheers!
     
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  2. Conor

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    What's the thread title all about?

    In any case, you don't know if you'll get the traffic back by removing your canonical tags.

    Personally, for the sake of neatness, I'd noindex them. However, this might cause a further drop in traffic, so just ask yourself if you want to fix what isn't really broken.
     
  3. Kizasi

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    I've corrected the title, sorry.

    It might cause a slight drop in traffic (for that remaining 1%), but I believe that pruning the total number of indexed pages (which is huge) will help to rank better for pages that are actually usefull. At least thats what people say. Cause now Google for most of the time is busy crawling useless pages with non-unique content.
     
  4. Kizasi

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    Or I only corrected the title in my post. Can some of the mods delete the first part of the thread title? Thanks and sorry