YouTube Fixed Their Canonical URLs Resolving Major SEO Issues

Nov 4, 2015 - 8:25 am 1 by

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A couple weeks ago, we covered how YouTube's canonicals sent a reverse message when compared to their set up 301 redirects. In short, they had 301 redirected all the YouTube URLs to go from http to https, but if you looked at the canonical on the https source code, it send the bot back to the http version.

Here is the screen shot from then:

YouTube Canonical Tag

Well, it seems YouTube fixed the issue, which Google's Gary Illyes called "complicated" back then.

If you look at the source code and check out the canonicals, now they show the https URL:

YouTube Canonical Tag HTTPS

So it looks like it is fixed.

Gary Illyes from Google posted on Twitter that it was resolved. Phew, and I was worried that Yahoo Videos would soon replace all the real estate Google search gave YouTube videos.

Forum discussion at Twitter.


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