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I would like to hear from someone who did have a problem with non-canonical urls showing up in the index -- both /directory/index.htm and /directory/ or query strings used only for tracking, for example.
After canonical tag was added on the home page, the External links now show only the Homepage (without campid) with no improvement in number of links. However, Content analysis still lists them as duplicate. Guess, will take some more time to update.
i had severe home page issues.
ALL had different page rank...
they all now share the same page rank, at PR5, which was my highest rank.
now i just have to learn how to implement ISAPI_REWRITE to eliminate case sensative duplicate content errors.
[edited by: tedster at 8:59 pm (utc) on Mar. 31, 2009]
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Had a client stuck on a nasty CMS, no access to htaccess, and we're stuck with all sorts of SEO evil (soft 404s, 302s everywhere, dynamic urls, limited header access). So, flip a coin: long, dynamic URLs, or nice, static URLs that 302?
Chose the 302 route, canonized to the shortened URL. Wrong answer, Google freaked out. Had to undo everything, and I'm waiting to see how long it will take before Google responds to the updated tags.
I targeted the short URLs, all of which 302 towards the long URLs, and google freaked (somewhat predictably, I guess). Re-canonized to the longer, non-redirect URLs, and was restored into good graces.
Of course, now we're back to square one on the SEO front, but at least Google put our ranks back before it played too much havoc on our traffic.