NoIndex or Canonical for Duplicate Pages

Duplicate Pages? Better Use rel Canonical over Noindex

Posted On : April 19th, 2018   By : Durga Prasad Kundu   To : Technical SEO

To avoid duplicate content issue & low quality pages from indexing, webmasters generally prefer to set noindex, nofollow tag without considering its impact on overall site quality.

In a recent Google Webmaster Central office-hours hangout, John Mueller said that, Google only look at the index pages when it comes to understanding the quality of a website.

Also John recommended webmasters to use rel=canonical for duplicate content rather than noindex. when noindex tag used, all the signals associated with the duplicate page get lost. Google counts numerous signals from a page & content being just one of those. So, when you make a page noindex, that page lose all the signals.

But when you use canonical tag, Google considers the duplicate page is same as the other page and pass all signals of the duplicate page to the canonical page.

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