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CONFLICTING WEBSITE
SIGNALS & CONFUSED
SEARCH ENGINES
Rachel Costello, Technical SEO
SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
When it comes to selecting URLs, Google
often assumes you are wrong.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
TECHNICAL IMPLEMENTATION
Not all website owners have
knowledge of SEO.
Imagine what their technical
implementation looks like.
Google uses an algorithm for URL selection
to make sense of all the chaos out there.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
If you sit back and do nothing, Google will
do its best to figure out canonicals for you.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
TAKE BACK CONTROL
BUT the algorithm isn’t perfect,
do you really want to be entirely
at its mercy?
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
The algorithm’s results will be better if you
do your part and use consistent signals.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Source: https://twitter.com/JohnMu/status/1003631027494014976
WHAT WE’LL COVER
1. How Google handles website signals
and selects URLs
2. How you can test the signals your
website is sending
3. How to see Google’s interpretation of
signals and what it chooses to show
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
*DISCLAIMER*
To anyone who’s not a fan of
Google’s John Mueller: this talk
might not be for you.
He will be referenced repeatedly.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
HOW GOOGLE HANDLES
WEBSITE SIGNALS
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@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
301 REDIRECTION DOESN'T ENSURE THE FINAL
DESTINATION URL WILL BE INDEXED & SHOWN
A 301 redirect doesn’t mean that the final destination URL will be the page
that is favoured. You need to make sure all other signals are consistent.
John Mueller, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-january-9th-2018/#link10
The canonical tag is a signal, not a directive.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Things to note about canonicalization...
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Any unique content on a page with an
accepted canonical tag will be ignored.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Pages have to be very similar, if not
identical, for canonicalisation to work.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Does Google process canonical tags in the
rendered version or the raw HTML?
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Source: https://twitter.com/rebelytics/status/1003951913510014976
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
If the <head> section prematurely ends,
Googlebot may not read its contents.
For more information on this, read
http://ohgm.co.uk/breaking-head-quietly/
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Canonicals
SIGNALSSitemaps Parameter
Handling
Internal
Linking
BacklinksRedirects
The signals
Google uses for
URL selection.
The end goal for all of this is to
avoid content duplication.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
MANY TO ONE CANONICAL TAGS MAY BE IGNORED
Google will try to follow canonical directives by default, but they ignore
canonical tags if they think it’s a mistake i.e. if there are significant content
differences, or if a lot of URLs canonicalise to the same page.
John Mueller, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-thursday-17th-may/
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
UPDATE INTERNAL LINKS TO CANONICAL URLS
Update internal links to canonicals to give Google a clean signal about which URL to index. If the
canonical is accepted, any links to canonicalised URLs will be associated with the canonical URL.
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-october-6th-2017/#link8
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-august-25th-2017/#link8
ALIGN LINKING & REL CANONICAL TO GET A PARTICULAR PAGE INDEXED
Ensure internal links and rel canonical are pointing to the preferred page for indexing to ensure
you aren’t giving Google conflicting signals.
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-may-15th-2018/#link14
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
PARAMETER HANDLING SIGNALS ARE STRONGER THAN
THE CANONICAL SIGNAL
Google won’t blindly follow URL parameter handling set in GSC, but John
says that this is a stronger signal than canonicalization.
John Mueller, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
CANONICALS ARE CHOSEN BY GOOGLE USING XML SITEMAP URLS
XML sitemap URLs are used to help inform Google’s decision on which URL is chosen to be the
canonical.
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-january-9th-2018/#link1
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-november-14th-2017/#link12
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-july-7th-2017-2/#link11
URLS IN SITEMAPS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO BE INDEXED
Google may choose not to index URLs in sitemaps that are very similar to ones already indexed or
if they differ to the ones linked internally.
INTERNAL & SITEMAP LINKS MAY OVERRIDE CANONICAL TAGS
Canonicalized pages may still be chosen to be shown by Google if you link to them internally and
in sitemaps.
With website signals, there’s strength in
numbers.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Mixed signals waste Google’s time, your
site’s crawl budget and also delay indexing.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
CANONICALIZING TO REDIRECTS CAN INCREASE TIME
TAKEN TO INDEX PREFERRED VERSION
Canonicalizing to redirects can increase the time taken for Google to
decide which version to index, especially if these pages aren’t identical.
John Mueller, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-january-23rd-2018/#link5
GOOGLE & WEBSITE SIGNALS
To summarise:
1. Google uses the following signals: canonicals,
internal linking, parameter handling, backlinks,
redirects and sitemaps
2. These signals are strongest when used in
combination
3. The purpose of these signals is to avoid content
duplication
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
HOW TO TEST YOUR
WEBSITE’S SIGNALS
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
KEY ELEMENTS TO TEST
1. Internal linking
2. Redirects
3. Noindex
4. Sitemap inclusion
5. Disallow
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Check for inconsistencies. Are there any
signals that don’t quite match up?
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Testing website signals with DeepCrawl.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Examine all canonicalized pages
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Examine links in to canonical pages
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Examine canonical pages with no links in
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Examine redirecting internally linked URLs
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Examine canonical tags to non-200 URLs
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Examine canonical URL sitemap inclusion
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Examine non-indexable pages being shown
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
DISALLOWED URLS MAY SHOW IN SEARCH DUE TO INTERNAL LINKING
If you’re seeing disallowed URLs showing up in search results, it may be because of internal
linking to these pages.
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-april-4th-2017/#link2
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-november-4th-2016/
GOOGLE MAY CHOOSE A REDIRECTED URL INSTEAD OF THE TARGET
Even in the case of a redirect, Google might still choose to index the redirect source instead of the
target if it is judged to be the canonical.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
DON'T USE NOINDEX ON CANONICAL PAGES
Don’t use a noindex on canonical pages because if Google accidentally picks a noindexed page
as the canonical, nothing will show up in search results.
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-september-9th-2016/
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-august-11th-2017/#link1
GOOGLE TAKES CANONICAL TO BE A MISTAKE IF PRESENT WITH NOINDEX
If a canonical and noindex are both used, Google judges the rel canonical to be a mistake and the
noindex as being used to force a canonical.
Nothing appearing in search - the biggest
canonicalisation disaster you can get!
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Make sure your site’s signals are aligned
and pointing in the same direction.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
TESTING YOUR WEBSITE SIGNALS
To summarise:
1. Examine the following areas: internal linking,
redirects, noindex, sitemap inclusion, disallow
2. Check each of these areas for inconsistent URL
focuses
3. Having aligned signals is the key to getting
content indexed by Google
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
HOW TO TEST GOOGLE’S
URL SELECTION
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
YOU CAN SEE WHICH CANONICAL GOOGLE HAS
CHOSEN IN THE NEW SEARCH CONSOLE
In the new Search Console you can select individual URLs which takes
you to the info query showing you the canonical that Google has chosen.
John Mueller, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-january-9th-2018/#link6
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
To Google Search Console we go!
The key reports in Google Search Console
for canonicalization analysis...
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Google thinks these are duplicate pages
despite you marking them as canonical.
GSC REPORT MEANING
Google chose different canonical
than user
“This page is marked as canonical, but
Google thinks another URL makes a
better canonical which has been
indexed instead.”
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds Source: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/7440203
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Google thinks these are also duplicate
pages.
GSC REPORT MEANING
Alternate page with proper
canonical tag
“This page is a duplicate of a page that
Google recognizes as canonical. This
page correctly points to the canonical
page, so there is nothing for you to do.”
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds Source: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/7440203
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Google thinks another page is a better
choice to canonicalize duplicates to.
GSC REPORT MEANING
Submitted URL not selected as
canonical
“The URL is one of a set of duplicates
without an explicitly marked canonical
page. Google did not index this URL.
Instead, we indexed the canonical that
we selected.”
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Source:
https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/7440203?authuser=0#submitted_url_not_selected_as_c
anonical
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Google thinks these are part of duplicate
page sets which don’t have a canonical.
GSC REPORT MEANING
Duplicate page without canonical
tag
“This page has duplicates, none of
which is marked canonical. We think
this page is not the canonical one. You
should explicitly mark the canonical for
this page.”
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds Source: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/7440203
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Go to Google to see the results...
CHECKING RESULTS IN GOOGLE
The best way to see Google’s
URL selection for yourself is
through the
info query and cache.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
Info: query
Cache
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
USE THE INFO QUERY IN GOOGLE TO FIND CANONICAL URLS
Search for a URL with an “info:” query to see if a different URL has been indexed instead.
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-april-4th-2017/#link4
Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-january-9th-2018/#link8
INCORRECT GOOGLE CACHING SUGGESTS A DIFFERENT CANONICAL HAS
BEEN CHOSEN
If the cached content from a different page is displayed, this could be because Google has
determined duplication and has canonicalised one.
TESTING GOOGLE’S SELECTION
To summarise:
1. Despite your website signal implementation,
Google has the final say in what is indexed
2. Check Google Search Console canonicalization
reports
3. See the live results in the SERPs by checking
what appears for “info:” queries and caching
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
All you can do is give aligned signals to
make Google’s job easier.
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
The rest is in Google’s hands.
TO SUM UP
Understand Google’s URL selection algorithm.
- Canonicalization, internal linking, parameter
handling, sitemaps, redirects, backlinks
Monitor your site for conflicting signals.
- Internal linking, redirects, noindex, sitemaps, disallow
Analyse Google’s interpretation of signals.
- Google Search Console, SERP “info:” queries and
caching
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
THANK YOU!
Any questions? Send me a tweet:
Rachel Costello
Technical SEO, DeepCrawl
@rachellcostello SearchLeeds
deepcrawl.com @DeepCrawl

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Conflicting Website Signals & Confused Search Engines - Rachel Costello, Technical SEO, DeepCrawl

  • 1. CONFLICTING WEBSITE SIGNALS & CONFUSED SEARCH ENGINES Rachel Costello, Technical SEO SearchLeeds @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 2. When it comes to selecting URLs, Google often assumes you are wrong. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 3. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds TECHNICAL IMPLEMENTATION Not all website owners have knowledge of SEO. Imagine what their technical implementation looks like.
  • 4. Google uses an algorithm for URL selection to make sense of all the chaos out there. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 5. If you sit back and do nothing, Google will do its best to figure out canonicals for you. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 6. TAKE BACK CONTROL BUT the algorithm isn’t perfect, do you really want to be entirely at its mercy? @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 7. The algorithm’s results will be better if you do your part and use consistent signals. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 9. WHAT WE’LL COVER 1. How Google handles website signals and selects URLs 2. How you can test the signals your website is sending 3. How to see Google’s interpretation of signals and what it chooses to show @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 10. *DISCLAIMER* To anyone who’s not a fan of Google’s John Mueller: this talk might not be for you. He will be referenced repeatedly. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 11. HOW GOOGLE HANDLES WEBSITE SIGNALS @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 12. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds 301 REDIRECTION DOESN'T ENSURE THE FINAL DESTINATION URL WILL BE INDEXED & SHOWN A 301 redirect doesn’t mean that the final destination URL will be the page that is favoured. You need to make sure all other signals are consistent. John Mueller, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-january-9th-2018/#link10
  • 13. The canonical tag is a signal, not a directive. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 14. Things to note about canonicalization... @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 15. Any unique content on a page with an accepted canonical tag will be ignored. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 16. Pages have to be very similar, if not identical, for canonicalisation to work. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 17. Does Google process canonical tags in the rendered version or the raw HTML? @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 19. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds If the <head> section prematurely ends, Googlebot may not read its contents.
  • 20. For more information on this, read http://ohgm.co.uk/breaking-head-quietly/ @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 22. The end goal for all of this is to avoid content duplication. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 23. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds MANY TO ONE CANONICAL TAGS MAY BE IGNORED Google will try to follow canonical directives by default, but they ignore canonical tags if they think it’s a mistake i.e. if there are significant content differences, or if a lot of URLs canonicalise to the same page. John Mueller, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-thursday-17th-may/
  • 24. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds UPDATE INTERNAL LINKS TO CANONICAL URLS Update internal links to canonicals to give Google a clean signal about which URL to index. If the canonical is accepted, any links to canonicalised URLs will be associated with the canonical URL. Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-october-6th-2017/#link8 Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-august-25th-2017/#link8 ALIGN LINKING & REL CANONICAL TO GET A PARTICULAR PAGE INDEXED Ensure internal links and rel canonical are pointing to the preferred page for indexing to ensure you aren’t giving Google conflicting signals.
  • 25. Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-may-15th-2018/#link14 @rachellcostello SearchLeeds PARAMETER HANDLING SIGNALS ARE STRONGER THAN THE CANONICAL SIGNAL Google won’t blindly follow URL parameter handling set in GSC, but John says that this is a stronger signal than canonicalization. John Mueller, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst
  • 26. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds CANONICALS ARE CHOSEN BY GOOGLE USING XML SITEMAP URLS XML sitemap URLs are used to help inform Google’s decision on which URL is chosen to be the canonical. Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-january-9th-2018/#link1 Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-november-14th-2017/#link12 Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-july-7th-2017-2/#link11 URLS IN SITEMAPS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO BE INDEXED Google may choose not to index URLs in sitemaps that are very similar to ones already indexed or if they differ to the ones linked internally. INTERNAL & SITEMAP LINKS MAY OVERRIDE CANONICAL TAGS Canonicalized pages may still be chosen to be shown by Google if you link to them internally and in sitemaps.
  • 27. With website signals, there’s strength in numbers. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 28. Mixed signals waste Google’s time, your site’s crawl budget and also delay indexing. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 29. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds CANONICALIZING TO REDIRECTS CAN INCREASE TIME TAKEN TO INDEX PREFERRED VERSION Canonicalizing to redirects can increase the time taken for Google to decide which version to index, especially if these pages aren’t identical. John Mueller, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-january-23rd-2018/#link5
  • 30. GOOGLE & WEBSITE SIGNALS To summarise: 1. Google uses the following signals: canonicals, internal linking, parameter handling, backlinks, redirects and sitemaps 2. These signals are strongest when used in combination 3. The purpose of these signals is to avoid content duplication @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 31. HOW TO TEST YOUR WEBSITE’S SIGNALS @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 32. KEY ELEMENTS TO TEST 1. Internal linking 2. Redirects 3. Noindex 4. Sitemap inclusion 5. Disallow @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 33. Check for inconsistencies. Are there any signals that don’t quite match up? @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 34. Testing website signals with DeepCrawl. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 42. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds DISALLOWED URLS MAY SHOW IN SEARCH DUE TO INTERNAL LINKING If you’re seeing disallowed URLs showing up in search results, it may be because of internal linking to these pages. Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-april-4th-2017/#link2 Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-november-4th-2016/ GOOGLE MAY CHOOSE A REDIRECTED URL INSTEAD OF THE TARGET Even in the case of a redirect, Google might still choose to index the redirect source instead of the target if it is judged to be the canonical.
  • 43. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds DON'T USE NOINDEX ON CANONICAL PAGES Don’t use a noindex on canonical pages because if Google accidentally picks a noindexed page as the canonical, nothing will show up in search results. Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-september-9th-2016/ Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-august-11th-2017/#link1 GOOGLE TAKES CANONICAL TO BE A MISTAKE IF PRESENT WITH NOINDEX If a canonical and noindex are both used, Google judges the rel canonical to be a mistake and the noindex as being used to force a canonical.
  • 44. Nothing appearing in search - the biggest canonicalisation disaster you can get! @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 45. Make sure your site’s signals are aligned and pointing in the same direction. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 46. TESTING YOUR WEBSITE SIGNALS To summarise: 1. Examine the following areas: internal linking, redirects, noindex, sitemap inclusion, disallow 2. Check each of these areas for inconsistent URL focuses 3. Having aligned signals is the key to getting content indexed by Google @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 47. HOW TO TEST GOOGLE’S URL SELECTION @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 48. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds YOU CAN SEE WHICH CANONICAL GOOGLE HAS CHOSEN IN THE NEW SEARCH CONSOLE In the new Search Console you can select individual URLs which takes you to the info query showing you the canonical that Google has chosen. John Mueller, Google Webmaster Trends Analyst Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-january-9th-2018/#link6
  • 49. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds To Google Search Console we go!
  • 50. The key reports in Google Search Console for canonicalization analysis... @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 52. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds Google thinks these are duplicate pages despite you marking them as canonical.
  • 53. GSC REPORT MEANING Google chose different canonical than user “This page is marked as canonical, but Google thinks another URL makes a better canonical which has been indexed instead.” @rachellcostello SearchLeeds Source: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/7440203
  • 55. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds Google thinks these are also duplicate pages.
  • 56. GSC REPORT MEANING Alternate page with proper canonical tag “This page is a duplicate of a page that Google recognizes as canonical. This page correctly points to the canonical page, so there is nothing for you to do.” @rachellcostello SearchLeeds Source: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/7440203
  • 58. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds Google thinks another page is a better choice to canonicalize duplicates to.
  • 59. GSC REPORT MEANING Submitted URL not selected as canonical “The URL is one of a set of duplicates without an explicitly marked canonical page. Google did not index this URL. Instead, we indexed the canonical that we selected.” @rachellcostello SearchLeeds Source: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/7440203?authuser=0#submitted_url_not_selected_as_c anonical
  • 61. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds Google thinks these are part of duplicate page sets which don’t have a canonical.
  • 62. GSC REPORT MEANING Duplicate page without canonical tag “This page has duplicates, none of which is marked canonical. We think this page is not the canonical one. You should explicitly mark the canonical for this page.” @rachellcostello SearchLeeds Source: https://support.google.com/webmasters/answer/7440203
  • 63. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds Go to Google to see the results...
  • 64. CHECKING RESULTS IN GOOGLE The best way to see Google’s URL selection for yourself is through the info query and cache. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 66. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds USE THE INFO QUERY IN GOOGLE TO FIND CANONICAL URLS Search for a URL with an “info:” query to see if a different URL has been indexed instead. Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-april-4th-2017/#link4 Source: https://www.deepcrawl.com/blog/news/google-webmaster-hangout-notes-january-9th-2018/#link8 INCORRECT GOOGLE CACHING SUGGESTS A DIFFERENT CANONICAL HAS BEEN CHOSEN If the cached content from a different page is displayed, this could be because Google has determined duplication and has canonicalised one.
  • 67. TESTING GOOGLE’S SELECTION To summarise: 1. Despite your website signal implementation, Google has the final say in what is indexed 2. Check Google Search Console canonicalization reports 3. See the live results in the SERPs by checking what appears for “info:” queries and caching @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 68. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds All you can do is give aligned signals to make Google’s job easier.
  • 69. @rachellcostello SearchLeeds The rest is in Google’s hands.
  • 70. TO SUM UP Understand Google’s URL selection algorithm. - Canonicalization, internal linking, parameter handling, sitemaps, redirects, backlinks Monitor your site for conflicting signals. - Internal linking, redirects, noindex, sitemaps, disallow Analyse Google’s interpretation of signals. - Google Search Console, SERP “info:” queries and caching @rachellcostello SearchLeeds
  • 71. THANK YOU! Any questions? Send me a tweet: Rachel Costello Technical SEO, DeepCrawl @rachellcostello SearchLeeds deepcrawl.com @DeepCrawl