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Canonical Issue
« on: July 09, 2010, 11:05:45 AM »
Hi All -

Has anyone heard of a Canonical Issue?  My understanding is that my site is being seen as two different sites www.iftheshoedoesntfit.com and iftheshoedoesntfit.com and that this could impact everything from ratings, etc. 

It was brought to my attention by a google analytics consultant I hired through freelancer.com (he did a nice job teaching me basic GA and setting up reports etc for tracking individual stores within the site, etc.) but he also does SEO and has brought this issue to my attention.

I searched and this is what I was able to find. http://www.thesearchguru.com/301-redirect-canonical.asp Is this worth doing?  Has anyone else run across this issue? Since my site is on a windows server is this something "I" or a webmaster can do?  Or something I'd have to have the hosting company do?

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Re: Canonical Issue
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2010, 02:28:35 PM »
Definitely something that should be done, imho.   Not only is there the search engine aspect, but it also prevents any cookie issues and SSL issues from popping up.  Ie: if person is on the non-www version of a site, puts items in their cart, and then gets directed to the www version when going to their cart, they can end up staring at an empty cart (since the cart cookie was initially set to non-www version of site).

Regarding whether or not you can set that up - I've never messed with a windows web server, but would think that if you're on a VPS or dedicated server plan, that you should be able to do it yourself.

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Re: Canonical Issue
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2010, 05:10:03 PM »
Yes, you should do it.
(I'm not sure how - just sure that you should.)

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Re: Canonical Issue
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2010, 05:14:51 PM »
 :t32 maybe this will help???

Ok something else new to learn - how cool!! Thanks guys!
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Re: Canonical Issue
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2010, 07:37:55 PM »
just saw in other thread that you're using shared hosting.  Because it's a shared hosting account, your website provider will need to set it up for you.

  

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