---- What is the correct use of rel=hreflang and rel=canonical?
TheOptimizationIdiot - 8:03 pm on Feb 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
This is really an interesting question to me so I put some more thought into what I would do and I'm not 100% decided but I've narrowed down to 2 options.
I need canonical on each language as I have affiliate links with parameters coming and would like to point to the "base" form of the page.
Option 1: A.) Run the canonical the way it's described to be used by Google, meaning "point it" to the "preferred version" of the 3 language variations.
B.) Run a canonical on the language variations with the extra affiliate URL parameters that points to the "preferred version" of the page without the affiliate parameters.
Example of What I'm Saying Above: A.) /es/page.php == rel="canonical" href="/en/page.php" B.) /es/page.php?affID=some-stuff == rel="canonical" href="/es/page.php"
Option 2: A.) Run the canonical the way it's described to be used by Google, meaning "point it" to the "preferred version" of the 3 language variations. (Same as "A" Above)
B.) Set the additional parameters for affiliate tracking to be ignored in WMT.
In either case if I was going to use the canonical I would use it as instructed then figure out "step 2" to get the affiliate extras "not counted" or "not preferred" as the version to display in the results.