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    You're probably asking yourself, "What the hell is canonicalization?"

    Canonicalization Issues:

    When a search engine (Such as Google) finds duplicate content on more than one URL, it will attempt to choose the best (or "canonical") version of the information, and filter out the duplicate webpages that aren't as good.
    If you are un-aware of how to correct this issue, it can cause the ranking of your website to decrease, rather quickly. This is often noted as a minor issue, that has the potential to resolve itself over time, but it can also lead to a significant decrease on your website's rankings, which will make it harder for you to gain more members or traffic to your website.

    Google is notorious for having a cannibalization error that not many people tend to think about.
    Look at the following domains: "http://yoursite.com" and "http://www.yoursite.com".
    Google reads them as separate entities, thus, two different websites.

    This can result in a major lack in potential ranking for your website because it will rank your website on how they enter the URL, not the domain itself.



    Now,
    To fix this issue, you will need to create a file named .htaccess in the root folder of your website, unless you already have one there.



    Paste the following code below into your .htaccess file if you'd like rankings to read your website as "http://yoursite.com".

    Code:
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.(.+)$ [NC] 
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://%1/$1 [R=301,L] 
    </IfModule>



    Paste the following code below into your .htaccess file if you'd like rankings to read your website as "http://www.yoursite.com".

    Code:
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www.
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.%{HTTP_HOST}/$1 [R=301,L]
    </IfModule>



    If you have a security certificate - (Example: [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] ) on your website and you want to use HTTPS for the rankings, paste the following code in your .htaccess file:


    Code:
    <IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
    RewriteRule ^(.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}/$1 [R=301,L]
    </IfModule>
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    Noice, thanks for this Hank.
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    Thanks for this hank
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    Yep.

    Will be releasing more tutorials on quick ways to help increase your ratings and fix up your websites.
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    This does help a lot with SEO, IP Canonicalization is another and search engine optimized links

    Social media is also another big hit towards SEO now and also responsive, I heard soon Google will only be interested in sites that are mobile friendly also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diesel View Post
    This does help a lot with SEO, IP Canonicalization is another and search engine optimized links

    Social media is also another big hit towards SEO now and also responsive, I heard soon Google will only be interested in sites that are mobile friendly also.
    Yep.
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    Great tutorial but the best way to fix this would be to remove any duplicate content on your website and SEO all important pages.
    As this might even show up more URL's to your website when searching a set of keywords.

    Example:


    And yes google already started and changed their algorithm, now mobile friendly website will get higher rankings than non mobile friendly websites as of 21st of april i guess (not sure anymore).
    A quick fix wold be to get all content inside a container with max-width: 100%; Up to you to make all content fit in it's container the way you like.
    Or even implent the bootstrap framework as this is a common used framework for mobile / tablet and desktop / laptop development.

    Note that the same keywords and description and title on everypage is also duplicate content!
    Try to make every page as unique as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiCaDev View Post
    Great tutorial but the best way to fix this would be to remove any duplicate content on your website and SEO all important pages.
    As this might even show up more URL's to your website when searching a set of keywords.

    Example:


    And yes google already started and changed their algorithm, now mobile friendly website will get higher rankings than non mobile friendly websites as of 21st of april i guess (not sure anymore).
    A quick fix wold be to get all content inside a container with max-width: 100%; Up to you to make all content fit in it's container the way you like.
    Or even implent the bootstrap framework as this is a common used framework for mobile / tablet and desktop / laptop development.

    Note that the same keywords and description and title on everypage is also duplicate content!
    Try to make every page as unique as possible.
    Canonicalization issues would still occur even if you deleted duplicate data on your website and "SEO'd" the important pages.
    Sure, it'd help to ride the repetition from the website as much as they could, however, it wouldn't completely stop canonical issues from arising.

    Otherwise, I agree with the points you made. All of that helps toward bettering one's search engine optimization for their website.
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    Yeah, thank you.
    This is realy good to know for every web developer
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    After choosing you preffered domain be sure to set it up in google webmaster tools ect. so the search engines will automaticly go for it instead of bumping on a 301 first
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