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  1. Ditzy
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    Somebody define a canonical link?


    I'm vague on this term.

    Wiki's def doesn't help.

    Originally Posted by Wiki
    1) canonical - appearing in a Biblical canon; "a canonical book of the Christian New Testament"
    canonic

    2) canonical - of or relating to or required by canon law
    canonic

    3) canonical - reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality; "a basic story line"; "a canonical syllable pattern"
    basic, canonic
    standard - established or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence; "a standard reference work"

    4) canonical - conforming to orthodox or recognized rules; "the drinking of cocktails was as canonical a rite as the mixing"- Sinclair Lewis sanctioned, canonic orthodox - adhering to what is commonly accepted; "an orthodox view of the world"
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    Are you just asking for a better definition of "canonical", or specifically for "Canonical link"? If the latter, in what context? I've never heard the term before.
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    It's a Cutts-ism.

    Just submit your (dropped) url to Google support IMBV (B=broad) "canonical" relates to "everything that seems off at the moment"
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    Originally Posted by Wit
    It's a Cutts-ism.

    Just submit your (dropped) url to Google support IMBV (B=broad) "canonical" relates to "everything that seems off at the moment"
    What? Wit, have you been ? I don't get it...

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    Cutts invited people to mail their problems with the recent update - concerning "canonical links" etc. - to Google support and put Jagger1 in the subject

    Why else would anybody want to know what canonical means?
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    I've seen it in this forum before...
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    Yeah. Googleguy-talk
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    Well, that's great. I still don't understand what it means.

    Guess I'm extra-thick-headed today...
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    I've seen the term used many times, usually used with the word link. I can't give a context cuz I'm confused. Heres more info on the term with a reference.

    http://www.seomoz.org/articles/search-ranking-factors.php

    A highly dangerous and frequent problem with large website in particular, canonical issues stem from duplicates of data existing on multiple URLs, typically all controlled by the same entity. For example, url.com and www.url.com and www.url.com/index.html all hosting the same content, receiving multiple links to each and being listed separately in search listings may negatively affect the rankings of the intended single page of content.

    Maybe: duplicate but not the same?

    Or rather: Links pointing to the same page in different ways?

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    Also consider this:

    http://www.answers.com/topic/canon-music?method=6

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    Canonical just means the generally accepted source or root from which other copies or variations stem. So a canonical link would be, I presume, the URL that you consider to be your primary URL. In my case, www.mysite.com would be the canonical and mysite.com or foo.mysite.com would not.

    If you have several such "duplicate" sites, I think Matt is asking to let them know which URL you want kept in the index (your canonical URL) and which can be dumped.

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