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Muse SEO, duplicate pages, and canonical tags

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Jul 29, 2020 Jul 29, 2020

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Hi,

I use Muse to manage two websites. I'm utilizing Moz to crawl one of the sites for SEO puposes and there are a couple things that I'm having difficulty finding a solution for. 

1. Duplicate Pages: I'm showing duplicate content for all pages of my site. For example, I'm showing the same content on https://www.mysite.com  and on https://mysite.com  .  

2. Missing Canonical Tags: I'm missing canonical tags on each of my site's pages.

 

I've looked this up a bit and some articles that I've seen suggests that Muse automatically produces canonical tags when uploading a site. Is this true?

 

I've tried uploading the site as-is and I've tried putting my own canonical tags in the headers of each page (this seemed to make it worse) to see if I could fix the issues. I also have the XML export option selected when I upload the site. 

 

Does Muse automatically produce canonical tags? If so, any ideas as to why pages with duplicate content with and without the www before my URLs is being produced? And, to that end, how would I direct the duplicates to the correct URLs in Muse when I'm only working off one project for that site?

 

Thanks for the help. 

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 31, 2020 Jul 31, 2020
DUPLICATE CONTENT (www and non-www urls). Actually,  you do take a hit from Google for having duplicate content on both www and non-www URLS.  Technically, www is a sub-domain.  Ideally, your server should resolve to one or the other.   Which one to use depends on your results in a Google site search.  Go to your browser's address bar and type  s i t e : w w w . e x a m p l e . c o m   where example is your site's actual domain name.  Then run another search without w w w to see how many resul...

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As far as I experienced so far, Muse does everything for you. Even duplicate pages shouldn´t be a problem as one can type in https://www. or without "www." So in all my cases there have never been issues. You may put in a redirect on the server but this has nothing to do with muse and as far as I know can not be done in muse.

I never type https://www  I always put in the address like "fotografie-roeder.de" or "steinmetz-binder.de" as long as I got one. Muse also creates a sitemap.

 

Kind Regards,

Uwe

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DUPLICATE CONTENT (www and non-www urls).

Actually,  you do take a hit from Google for having duplicate content on both www and non-www URLS.  Technically, www is a sub-domain.  Ideally, your server should resolve to one or the other.   Which one to use depends on your results in a Google site search. 

 

Go to your browser's address bar and type  s i t e : w w w . e x a m p l e . c o m   where example is your site's actual domain name.  Then run another search without w w w to see how many results you get.  Pick one.

 

This has nothing to do with Muse.  This is a server configuration issue.  Log-in to your server's Plesk or c-Panel.   Or if you're on a Linux hosting plan, you can probably create or edit the .htaccess file in a plain text editor like Notepad or Sublime text and upload it to your server's root directory with Filezilla.  Change  e x a m p l e . c o m   as required.

 

 

#Force www:
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://www.example.com/$1 [L,R=301,NC]

 

 

Or

 

 

#Force non-www:
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.example.com [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ https://example.com/$1 [L,R=301]

 

 

CANONICAL URLS are not usually necessary for static sites if you resolve to the preferred URL as recommended above.  Muse does NOT create canonical URLs for you. 

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Aug 02, 2020 Aug 02, 2020

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Thank-you for the thorough explanation. This answers my question regarding managing the duplicate content from the www and non-www URLs. I have been working with Bluehost to remedy these duplicates from the server side of things and I'm sure that will resolve that issue. 

 

Appreciate the help!

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