What is a Canonical Tag?
A Canonical URL is an HTML tag in the <head> section of a web page. The best way to show the search engine which page URL has the original content. The search engine crawls and indexes the original page and does not consider duplicate pages based on the canonical URL.
In other words, the canonical tag gives the search robots information about which page they should put in the search index and display it in the search results for user queries. If you have two pages with identical content, the presence of a canonical tag will tell which page is important and primary and which is a clone/duplicate. The search engine will not include the duplicate in the search engine index. A typical canonical URL example:
It’s significant to monitor canonical pages on your site to know which ones are getting or not getting enough search traffic. That’s why we created the free tool, which name is Canonical Checker, to help you find out if your page is canonical or a duplicate. Use the tool to verification search engine crawlers on the right pages.
How To Use Сanonical Tag Tester?
Our free Canonical URL Tester tool checks the canonical HTML tags of a web page on your or another website. The canonical URL communicates with search engine crawlers and allows you to tell the search engine which link is “favored” or “original.”
Our tool can help you avoid duplicate content in search engine optimization and track canonical versions of pages on your website. Below, we explain how to use the tool. In the screenshots, you will find instructions on using the free tool.
Step 1: Insert Your URL and Start Free Trial
To start your free trial with us, simply enter your URL into the field below and hit the button. There’s no need for a credit card or to confirm your email – you can start using your free trial right away with just your Google or Facebook account. Super easy and fast, so why wait? Start now!
Step 2: Interpreting the Canonical URL Checker Results
The Canonical tool will crawl your site and analyze the URL you added. Within a few seconds, you will get the results for your URL, including the page’s canonical data. Additionally, the results page will provide a page SEO audit with identified issues that your page has. It is important that the URL of the page that you check is the same as the URL in the “Canonical URL” block on the result page. It is to mean that the canonical tag is included on your page and the page is canonical.
Features of Canonical URL Analyzer
There are a small number of websites that have no technical issues. Most likely, your website has some type of problem with canonicalization. After the free trial is started, we will launch an audit not just for the URL that you checked the canonical, but for the full site. So you will be able to find any canonical issues that your site has, and the list of URLs with those kinds of problems.
We also have the how-to-fix recommendations for that issues.
Detect not only the canonical problems but also other kinds of technical issues!
Crawl your site and find out all URLs with issues that can hart your users or your website SEO.
Cases When Tool is Needed
Canonical URLs help search engines combine information about individual URLs (such as links to them) into a single authoritative URL. Also, if you distribute your content for publication on a different domain, canonical URLs help anchor page rankings to your preferred URL.
With this tag, you can emphasize pagination pages, mobile pages, or local pages. These might be archive pages or service pages important to your site, but don’t give them link weight or want them to be not visited by users. If duplicate versions of pages you can’t remove and don’t want them in the search index, implement Canonical on the website.
We recommend reducing this issue and the number of such pages or setting the Canonical extension correctly. Implementation will help avoid an error, Canonical points to redirect or Canonical is a relative URL.
How to Add a Canonical Tag in HTML if it is Missing?
We have a detailed, complete guide on how to fix the canonical tag is missing issue. Also, you can check out the video version of the guide right here.