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    Using canonical in product list pages


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    Some time ago a "SEO-expert" (not from this site :-) ) gave me some advice about product lists and canonical, but since the advice did not help at all, I wonder if it was the correct way to go.

    I have a site with a lot of products. The products are divided into categories, and for each category there are a lot of pages (pagination).

    So, the advice was to always point a canonical tag back to page 1 of the category.

    So:
    website.com/products/cars?page=2
    website.com/products/cars?page=3
    website.com/products/cars?page=4
    website.com/products/cars?page=5
    and so on...

    all have a canonical tag pointing to:
    website.com/products/cars

    Is that the correct way to do it?
    My concern is that the products on pages 2, 3, 4 ,5... will not be indexed

    Thanks in advance
    Rasmus
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    Hi fedttoej,

    So, the advice was to always point a canonical tag back to page 1 of the category.
    I'd say that's a good advice.

    My concern is that the products on pages 2, 3, 4 ,5... will not be indexed
    If your products are present in your product sitemap and that your navigation links are do follow then Google should find your products and index them. But you could also link to related products from blog posts (real content posts not just product lists). eg : you are selling computers then you could have a: "what are the top 10 lightest laptop on the market in 2017" and link back to the product pages.
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    Hi Pierre

    Thanks for the answer.

    It just seems that google does not index the products all the pages.
    So, I must have an other issue then :-)
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    More people face this issue than you think even big news websites are struggling to have some posts indexed, that most of the time due to a wrong internal linking strategy.
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    Well, in my own opinion, I have an OK internal link strategy :-)

    I have researched some more about canonical, and there seems to be mixed opinions.

    Some say that you should not use canonical, but only the prev/next meta tags.
    Some even say that you should put a robots "noindex, follow" on all pages from page 2 and up.

    And then again like you, some say that you should use the canonical...

    SEO is not easy... :-)
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    • SEO is not easy... :-)





    SEO is all about testing, the problem is that when you make a test on a website changing (eg: canonical tags to no tags on products result pages), then you can analyse a result, but the same test on another website might give another result as SEO is a mix of numerous factors.

    As for internal linking, it's not just about linking one page to another, I do not have your website URL so I can't tell if you internal linking scheme is ok.
    Have you heard about the semantic cocoon approach or are you using a standard silo structure for you website architecture?
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    Well, if I can get you to take a look at it, it would be wonderful :-)

    My website is: fedttoej.dk - it is in danish.

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