Hi all, I had a search and couldn't find this topic answered elsewhere, if i have missed it please just link up the related thread below.
My problem is this, I have a site that has localized versions using I18n, as one is Canadian and one is US the content is nearly always identical however certain pages may differ, ie sales, product lines.
In the header I've included a canonical tag to specify the direct URL
You should be able to set a target on a per-directory basis in WMT, so you have some options. Here are a few I see being possible:
1.) Remove the canonical link element and set a target on the specific directories.
2.) Edit the canonical link element to point to the specific directories (EG /en-US/ is canonicalized to /en-US/ and /en-CA/ is canonicalized to /en-CA/) then set the target(s) for those directories in WMT.
3.) Leave the canonical element, noindex the /en-US/ and /en-CA/ directories, so they don't have the lang. directories as choices for the results.
My guess is there are more links to the /en-US/ page than the others, so they're seeing it as 'the most valuable' of the options. I would be careful before noindexing that page, and definitely test on a 'small' basis before 'just changing' everything.