All internal pages have canonical tag of home page - how do I fix
I'm working on a site for a client: http://www.electromenu.com
According to our SEO Analysts, all of the internal pages have a canonical tag of the homepage. We need to remove this for SEO purposes - it's quite a bad thing.
Can this be done? If so, how?
Thanks so much!
Reply from Leah | October 27, 2012
The canonical URL is a tag that appears in your source. Canonicalization is the process of choosing the best URL, or rather, the one you want to use and identify with your website. That way, no matter what URL gets indexed or what URL visitors use to land on your site, the search engine is told which is the main URL to consider, and which URLs to disregard.
This is a great way to avoid unnecessary redirects and other techniques whose entire purpose is to avoid duplicate content. Matt Cutts expands on the subject in his blog if you want to read more about it in a more general context.
Wix guarantees that all of the text and meta tags on your site are being scanned by search engines. However, you need to remember that whenever you update your website, it needs to be crawled by the search engine, such as Google, before you can expect to see these changes reflected on search results.
It can take anywhere from 1 to 3 months. To speed the process you can re- submit, if you haven’t already, your website directly to Google through here. After purchasing a premium upgrade, connect Wix with the Bing Webmaster Tool and the Google Webmaster Tool.
To see if Google has indexed your website, as well as the last time this happened i.e. to see a cached version of your website, enter your website’s URL with the word cache: before it in the Google search. For example: cache:www.mydomain.com
With the Wix SEO Monitoring Tool you will receive a step by step guide to improve your site's SEO. In addition, you can also target what your customers are searching for and it will help your site to get found on Google.
Please click here for our SEO learning center.
I hope this helps! Please let us know if you have any further questions.Sincerely, Leah Wix Support
Reply from rachel | October 29, 2012Hi Leah, Thanks for your reply. The issue here is that our SEO team has developed. plan which includes optimizing specific pages (an internal page would show up in a web search, as opposed to the home page - if that internal page is relevant). It's actually a highly effective method, but unfortunately, can't happen in this case due to Wix's canonical tag which points each page back to the homepage. Is there a way to move this tag? As far as I can tell, there is no way to actually change the source code for a Wix site (making on page changes very difficulty at times). Thanks! Rachel
Reply from Jo | October 31, 2012
Each page of your site has its own canonical tag.
It could be that you are not viewing your site's source code properly - To do so, please add this code : ?_escaped_fragment_= to the end of your site URL and then click on view source.
For ex. : http://www.electromenu.com?_escaped_fragment_=
To view individual pages' source code, please add it in place of the hasbang (#!) and then click on view source.
For ex.: http://www.electromenu.com/#!digital/c1wfv becomes :
Finally, please note that it is not possible to manipulate or edit your Wix site's source code.
Please let us know if you have any other questions.
Reply from rachel | October 31, 2012
Thank you for your response as well. Unfortunately, the canonical tag on each internal page (<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.electromenu.com"/>) esssentially give credit back to the homepage. This means that only the home page is getting indexed, and the internal pages are not.
This is a good thing when there are pages with duplicate content. See: http://support.google.com/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=139394
It is NOT a good thing when all pages have separate content and you are trying to SEO individual pages for their targeted keywords. See: http://www.seomoz.org/learn-seo/on-page-factors
I understand that we cannot edit the source code, and therefore we cannot remove this canonical tag from each internal page. Perhaps this practice of adding the <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.URL.com"/> (home page) needs to be reconsidered? Or at least give your clients the ability to remove it? It isn't always helpful
Reply from MoranFrumer | November 1, 2012
Let's start with the happy bottom line. Google indexed many of your pages and not just your home page as you can see in the screenshot of Google search results below.
Wix sites are ajax based to provide a better user experience, pages loads without loading the whole browser. We follow all of Google instructions on this, you can read more from Google https://developers.google.com/webmasters/ajax-crawling/
Reply from jason9282 | October 10, 2014
Sorry Wix - Jo is right on this one. Pointing all of our internal pages back to the homepage using the canonical tag is a BIG mistake and hurting alot of your site owners. We are NOT happy about this.