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Avoiding Non-Canonical URLs for Internal Links

Checking Internal Links to Non-Canonical URLs

Internal linking is crucial for SEO as it helps search engines understand the structure of your website and distribute link equity. However, it’s important to ensure that internal links point to canonical URLs to avoid diluting your SEO efforts.

For Shopify:

  1. Log in to your Shopify admin panel.
  2. Go to Online Store > Navigation.
  3. Check the links in your menus and ensure they point to canonical URLs. Canonical URLs are the preferred versions of a set of duplicate pages.
  4. Use a tool like SEO Manager to audit your internal links and identify any that point to non-canonical URLs.
  5. Manually update any non-canonical links to their canonical versions in your content and navigation settings.

For WordPress (WooCommerce):

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin panel.
  2. Go to Appearance > Menus.
  3. Review the links in your menus and ensure they point to canonical URLs.
  4. Use a plugin like Yoast SEO to perform an SEO audit and identify internal links pointing to non-canonical URLs.
  5. Manually update any non-canonical links to their canonical versions in your content and menu settings.

Best Practices:

  • Always use the canonical URL when linking internally.
  • Regularly audit your internal links to ensure they are pointing to the correct URLs.
  • Use SEO tools and plugins to automate the process and identify issues quickly.

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