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(Entry was posted by Makis Cris on this post in the Dumb SEO Questions community on Facebook, Thursday, June 21, 2018).

Canonical on site search

My client has an ecommerce site. I try to fix canonical among other things. I discovered google index the urls that came from searches performed inside the site. Should I put canonical pointing to homepage for every url that is produced after someone performs a search for a product or brand on site? is this the correct practice?

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Selected answers from the Dumb SEO Questions G+ community.

  • Dave Elliott: no, really bad idea! what do the search urls look like? If there is a parameter or a search folder simply disallow the parameter/folder in robots.txt.
  • Makis Cris: Dave Elliott they have the ?query parameter inside.
  • Dave Elliott: so just add:Disallow: *?query=to your robots.txt file....presuming the query parameter is only used for internal searches.
  • Jason Mun: What Dave said. If they are already in the index, be sure to NOINDEX them first and set the URL parameters settings in GSC to No URLs

View original question in the Dumb SEO Questions community on G+, Thursday, June 21, 2018).

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