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Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical, HOW TO FIX?

Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical, HOW TO FIX?

For SEO, content duplication is one of the major problems which many websites come across and still there is no indication why this is happening even though everything seems okay.

If you are unaware of what we are talking about it seems like you have not submitted your url on Google Webmaster Tools. This tool is used by Digital Marketing Agencies and Website Design Companies to fix your website errors on Google search Engines. We advice every person should know about it because this will help you see if your SEO Agencies are doing a good Job for you. Please click Below
How TO SUBMIT URL IN GOOGLE SEARCH ENGINES 

If you search Google accordingly, it will say that somehow and somewhere there is some duplication of URLs.

Well, this is right but there can be things that you have not yet imagined. We are running a huge website with lots of complexities and functions that have been causing similar issues you must be facing, but our website is more complex with lots of pages and again we have put a team to figure out what has been wrong in our SEO.

Although, our Search Engine Optimization team having 5-10 years of experience, they also couldn’t have figured out what had been the problem. But now we have griped the real issue and we are in the position to simply solve it. 

So, I am going to go through very simple steps so that you might be able to clean your website immediately.

Robots.txt (if you want to know more about robots.txt click here)

Try keeping it clean. One of the reasons for keeping it clean that it states a mark on your search console which actually annoys me. This is our opinion to keep it clean otherwise anything that is blocked by robots.txt will show something like this.

However, this will not affect your SEO ranking or anything. But if this is clean you still feel you are motivated that everything is going well.

Try keeping only your website files on a particular directory and any other directory make a subdomain.

Duplicate URL by Google 

Duplicate content is a tricky matter, but when search engines crawl many URLs with similar content, it can cause several SEO problems. First, if search crawlers have to examine too much duplicate content, they may miss some of your unique content. 

Second, vast duplication may cause downfall of your ranking ability. Finally, even if your content is going on a good ranking, search engines may pick the wrong URL as the "original" using canonicalization that helps you control your duplicate content.

The problem with URLs

You might be thinking "Why would anyone duplicate a page?" and wrongly assume that canonicalization isn’t something you have to worry about. The problem is that we, as humans, tend to think of a page as a concept, such as your homepage. For search engines, though, every unique URL is a separate page.

For example, search crawlers might be able to reach your homepage in all of the following ways:

This can only be resolved using 301 redirections to the one you have set on search console for example https://webnet.com.pk. All your URLs should be redirected to one which you have set on the search console.

This is a problem that actually causes a lot of indexing issues and a lot of companies require developers to do it. This is the reason that SEO requires a team and it is not a one-man (freelancer doing SEO) job.

The other way of doing this is by using Canonicalization tags are required for all your pages. Ofcourse, it is a time taking job but it could be managed if you have fewer pages. However, if your pages are a lot it is better that it should be resolved using 301 redirection.

If you have 301 redirection in place, still we are facing the same: duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical.

Now the problem is that once all this is resolved still Google is somehow managing to give us the same error. Initially, the number of pages is usually less, but once it keeps on crawling, the number of pages increases. Are you still facing the same problem?

NO. WOW you have RESOLVED it. But to understand, to avoid the problem faced by others after fixing everything, please I would recommend to read this blog.

If your answer is YES. Your problem solution is just 1 min away. 

We have identified that the major issues are with Fixing Your Sitemap The main reason for doing this will help you solve all the issues. You might be facing this, On the Valid Sitemap tab. 

One of the major issues, this needs to be resolved is that all the backlink are probably done on a different url. Therefore, you might need to change them if you can't remember to add a link canonical which you have backlink with. 

for example. Your website is indexed on https://webnet.com.pk but you might have external links and internal links https://www.webnet.com.pk 

Hope this will resolve all your issues in the next few weeks. If you have and further issues you may contact us and we might able to help you out with your concern. This will help you to get more traffic quickly.  

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Comments (1)

Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical, HOW TO FIX?
Sabeen Sajid 19th Mar, 2020

Thank you so much. I was really stressed about this. We have tried every other page. But your solution have really worked out well. Just came back here to let everyone know.


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