I'm hoping someone can give me a quick pointer here.
I had a lot of duplicate content issues with my joomla sites. I installed sh404sef to try to fix this.
1. Do I need to enter a canonical URL for every SEF url that shows or do I just need to do that for the URLs that are showing duplicates 2. When I enter a canonical URL do I have to use the full URL ie www.example.com/widgets/about.html or can I just use /widgets/about.html ? 3. If I do things right, how long does it take for google to stop showing urls as having dupe descriptions or titles assuming I am getting crawled daily?
Unfortunately the documentation doesn't seem to cover the basics or I missed it somewhere.
I'd really appreciate any guidance here as I'm anxious to try to get the dupe issue resolved.
2. When I enter a canonical URL do I have to use the full URL ie www.example.com/widgets/about.html or can I just use /widgets/about.html ?
A site-absolute URL is enough. That's assuming you already have code that redirects any requests for the wrong form of your site name (with/without www). So by the time a user-agent sees the link, they've already got the hostname in the correct form.