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Some urgent help with canonical url's please!

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Ramsweb, Dec 10, 2011.

  1. Ramsweb

    Ramsweb Senior Member

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    Hello people

    I have a html site that also has an internal wordpress blog. I just realized that there is a huge problem with canonical url's in my site. This is the problem.

    When I do a site:www.domain.com search, I get 8 results. But, when I do site:domain.com, I get 290 results.

    All my wordpress url's have been indexed by google in the http://domain.com format. The wordpress url's are also heavily backlinked.

    If I change the wordpress url format to http://www.domain.com, will it solve the canonical url problem for my site? Also, if I make that change, will I lose all the link juice that my wordpress pages are getting from the backlinks. If I type in www.domain.com/wordpress page into the address bar, it still goes to the wordpress page although the wordpress page is indexed without the www. So, I am guessing that link juice will stay intact.

    But, I want to be assured with your opinion. Thanks in advance if you can help out.

    Thanks
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  2. wannabie

    wannabie Elite Member

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    Have you told google to show your site as www? If you basically have everything as www then links/history from .domain.com should transfer over

    Are you using canonical meta? Make sure you update the code to be www.pagename.com
     
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    To be honest, I didn't understand your reply. Can I PM you or skype you for some assistance. I know you are always swamped on this forum. So, I thought I will ask before PM'ng you.
     
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    Lol im not sure i understand your question after reading it again, shoot me a pm and ill take look?

    Might be a couple of hours for a reply though as popping out in the real world ;)
     
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    Step 1: In Google Webmaster Tools, you can choose which version of your site is used (www or non-www). Change to non-www.

    Step 2: Change your non-wordpress pages of the site to non-www.

    Step 3: Get Yoast's Wordpress SEO plugin and enable canonical url feature.

    Step 4: 301 redirect your non-wordpress, www. pages to the non-www

    Did I miss anything guys? OP's site is easily fixed I think.
     
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    Worded it better than i did :)

    Just check your code to make sure you dont have canonical meta pointing to .domain
     
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    Thanks. I PM'ed you before I read the replies here. I will implement these changes. Thanks a lot.

    I don't use Google Webmaster's tool. But I guess I will have to look into it now. Thanks for your step by step instructions.
     
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    I know this is a dumb question but where do I need to make that change? :eek:
     
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    Do you have htacess on your server?
     
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    Oh man. I have access to something called pleskpanel or cpanel at hostgator. I never go there though. I am mostly a content writer. But, I am going to try to Google everything and learn how to change it. Hope it goes well.
     
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    For anyone who might have been interested in the outcome of this problem, this is what I did to fix it.

    I simply went to wordpress general settings and changed the permalink format to include www. After that, I pinged all the wordpress URL's. Google is already registering the changes. All is well. The current editions of Wordpress automatically 301 redirects canonical URL's. You don't even need any plugins.