Msg#: 4468329 posted 1:26 pm on Jun 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
I had a question about canonical urls. Recently we have this set up on our Magento site, as there are different parameter on each of our categories and brands. I have Google Webmaster Tools ignoring most of the parameters, but one.
The parameter I am keeping is the ?limit=all
I also have this set as the canonical url for all the brands and categories because my thought is that it shows all the products on a single page, especially when some of our brands have 50+ products. I thought that it might help with getting all the product pages spidered easily.
Msg#: 4468329 posted 5:54 pm on Jun 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
I oversee a Magento site for a client with about 2400 products, and we've had no problem getting products indexed. They don't *all* rank, but a lot of them do. I myself block pretty much every URL with a ? in it in robots.txt.
Msg#: 4468329 posted 6:04 pm on Jun 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
Do you think there is any problem with having the canonical url different from the url I am building links to?
If there is any potential problem it should be quite rare. The only issue I see with depending on the canonical link element is that the responsibility is completely on Google. It's always best to find solutions that are all something you can control 100%.
Msg#: 4468329 posted 9:36 pm on Jun 22, 2012 (gmt 0)
So let's say I build up all my links to www.example.com/category.html, but I have that page and the additional pages in this category set to "http://www.example.com/category.html?limit=all", would this effect our positioning because it's a different url?
We do pretty much the same as netmeg - the first page is where links point to and subsequent pages are set as noindex. So Google would follow links on page 2 onwards to reach product pages, but would only index the first page of category listing.