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Canonical tags and 301 redirects

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by emmab21, Sep 7, 2010.

  1. emmab21

    emmab21 New Member Webmaster

    Can anyone help me understand the minefield that is canonical tags and 301 redirects?

    The issue I have is I joined a company about 5 months ago who’s website is littered with 301 redirects. When looking in Google Analytics and webmaster tools I am seeing 3 versions of our URL’s being listed. One ending in .aspx, one ending .html and others where there is capitalisation in the URL path. I know Google will not be seeing the 301 redirects as duplicate content but the capitalisation might be causing us to incur duplicate content penalties.

    I have researched this and I thought the answer to my problems came in the form of Canonical tags (<link rel=”canonical”/> ) but I have read that if you put this tag on pages effected by 301’s you can find yourself in the deep murky stuff!

    Can anyone offer any advice on my predicament?

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