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Mobile theme and canonical ideas?



12:13 pm on Aug 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I will make a mobile version for my site and i put it on subdomain. I will check headers and if it mobile, than i redirect users to mobile version.

My question is should i use canonical tag in mobile version? and should i point to desktops versiyon url in canonical? Because i will use similar content for mobile version and i get them from original (desktop) address. Any experince or ideas?

Thank you


2:12 pm on Aug 31, 2010 (gmt 0)


3:46 pm on Aug 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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We used the canonical tag on our mobile site and it seems to work fine. We point it to the desktop version.


6:26 pm on Aug 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Thanks suratmedia, i'm examining it now.

Maximilianos, has your mobile site 'noindex,follow' metatag? or 'index,follow' ? I tried my other mobile web sites and i pointed desktop version with canonical. When i search my site on my mobile phone, google points mobile cell icon at serp for this site has a mobile version. But i cant decision, really should i use canonical tag or in meta 'noindex,follow' tags.


6:44 pm on Aug 31, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I am using the canonical tag on my mobile page. It seems to work okay, but I am seeing some really weird behavior with the title tags, and I'm not sure if it's because of the canonical tag or something else.

Every couple weeks, my non-mobile home page will show up in Google with the page title from the Mobile page. But the URL is the correct (non-mobile) URL. It will stay like that for a few hours to a few days, and then go back to what it's supposed to be. It's done that maybe five or six times now. This morning, at one point, I could do a site: command and the page title was correct, but search for the two words that make up the domain name brought the Mobile page title.

It's really weird, but I don't have any redirects in place that would explain it. Just the canonical tag.


1:40 pm on Sep 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Hmm its interesting. Today i publish our mobile version; i coded it with XHTML Basic 1.1 . I put it on subdomain and created a mobile map and submitted to gwt. I point to urls to desktop version from mobile versions' canonical tag. I used similar metatags from desktop version. (2 word added to all title like that: "- mobile version")

I read google guide and i redirect desktop version to mobile version who want access to site on mobile phone. I added 'Googlebot-Mobile' user agent. And i redirected php header method like that desktop to mobile version:

header('Location: http:// mobile.mysite. com/');

Now i'm waiting.

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