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    When rel canonical tag used, which page does Google considers for ranking & indexing?


    Hi all,

    We have redesigned our website and launched for A/B testing using canonical tags from old website to new website pages, so there will be no duplicate content issues and new website will be shown to the half of the website visitors successfully to calculate the metrics. However I wonder how actually Google considers it? Which pages Google will crawl and index to consider for ranking? Please share your views on this for better optimisation.

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    It is dependent on the code that to which webpage you have commanded the google. Make the directions for google bot to go to the new url.
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    If you don´t want duplicate content you should use a redirect 301. Canonical is used to choose between similar pages with parameters
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    A canonical tag is used to say to google the following.

    "Hey man good to see you on this URL (visited page) but you know what? This is the URL (canonical URL page) you should be indexing instead of this one."
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    Hi Pierre

    I think if he says

    "using canonical tags from old website to new website pages"

    from old urls to new urls you should use a 301 redirect isn't it?
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    "using canonical tags from old website to new website pages"

    from old urls to new urls you should use a 301 redirect isn't it?

    As far as Google is concerned 301 redirects and pointing a canonical tag to another page will give the exact same results (one may be faster than the other but it really depends how you do things) The only difference I can see between 301 redirects and Canonical tags use is the page the user see.

    For 301 Google and the users land directly on the new page.
    For canonical Google and the user land and see the old page but google goes and see the one declared in the canonical tag and index it instead of the old page.

    If you don´t want duplicate content you should use a redirect 301
    If you add a canonical tag you have no duplicate content issues. Because you are saying google to NOT index the page but index another one instead.

    In the end choosing between one or the other is situational and comes up to what you want to achieve (most people choose to 301 redirect because they want the users to see the new content)

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    "using canonical tags from old website to new website pages, so there will be no duplicate content issues "

    It is clear that his main concern was a duplicate issue, this is the reason why I suggested a 301. But you are right that I didn't express myself very clear

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