[wp-hackers] Canonical & Best Practices for Paged Comment
mikeschinkel at newclarity.net
Wed Feb 18 05:29:04 GMT 2009
"Otto" <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:
> I think a lot of people are misunderstanding the idea behind
> the rel=canonical and what it actually does and/or is used for.
> Having a canonical link in your header does not stop Google from
> indexing the page. It controls the URL that Google displays for
> search results.
Since you made that statement when quoting my email I'll just state that I completely know what rel="canonical" is used for; I studied that and related issues for 6 months back in 2006/07 (see: http://blog.welldesignedurls.org)
What I don't quite get yet it how to solve the duplicate content problem with paged comment assuming WP's comments are not significantly re-architected.
> So your comments would still be indexed.
I think you may be wrong on this. I think that it is likely that google will request the canonical URL and index that one. If not, then I can see how rel="canonical" could become a haven for spammers. Imagine someone specifying that their root is the canonical for thousands of pages...
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