Google-Selected vs User-Defined Canonicals

Are Google Selected Canonicals Different from User Selected Canonicals?

Yes, Google selected canonicals can be different from user selected canonicals. When you specify a canonical URL, you are indicating to search engines which version of a URL you want to be considered the main version. However, Google may choose a different canonical URL if it believes that the user-selected canonical is not the best choice for indexing.

How to Set Canonical URLs in Shopify

  1. Go to your Shopify admin panel.
  2. Navigate to Online Store > Themes.
  3. Click Actions > Edit Code.
  4. In the Layout section, open the theme.liquid file.
  5. Add the following code within the section:
  6. Save the changes.

How to Set Canonical URLs in WordPress (WooCommerce)

  1. Install and activate an SEO plugin like Yoast SEO.
  2. Go to the product page you want to set a canonical URL for.
  3. Scroll down to the Yoast SEO meta box.
  4. Click on the Advanced tab.
  5. In the Canonical URL field, enter the URL you want to set as canonical.
  6. Update or publish the product.

By setting canonical URLs, you help search engines understand which version of a page you want to be indexed. However, keep in mind that Google may still choose a different canonical URL if it deems it more appropriate.