Does the Canonical Tag Work Well on Google?

Mar 19, 2010 • 8:03 am | comments (1) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Google introduced the Canonical tag a while back now. It basically is a 301 redirect, but without redirecting individual users. We know it has yet to be supported on Bing or Yahoo, but Google supports it and they even support cross domain canonical instructions.

A WebmasterWorld thread has some SEOs discussing how effective it is. Some say it is really slow but ultimately works, some say it is very fast and works well. What do you say?

How well does the canonical tag work on Google?

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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Richard L. Trethewey

03/19/2010 02:19 pm

All four major search engines - Google, Yahoo!, Bing, and endorsed rel="canonical" in early 2009. I've really only used it for repairing and preventing problems in Google, but it would be surprising if the others weren't supporting it well.

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