6 Replies Latest reply on Dec 17, 2015 9:06 AM by wattssw

    Canonical tags?

    Matt Laurenceau

      Here are thoughts from Stephen "SEO friend" Watts.

       

      Proposals to dramatically increase SEO on Jive-powered External Communities

      He mentioned it again today when he saw that comments (on a blog, or doc) were indexed several times.

      All, can you pls weigh in?

       

      Add Canonical tags to, well, all pages. URLs with hashtags should show the version without the hashtag as canonical.

       

      Archived versions of content should canonicalize to the most recent version. So for example, all of these URLs show up in Google with the exact same Title:

      https://communities.bmc.com/docs/DOC-17514/version/5

      https://communities.bmc.com/docs/DOC-17514/version/8

      https://communities.bmc.com/docs/DOC-17514/version/2

      https://communities.bmc.com/docs/DOC-17514/version/7

      https://communities.bmc.com/docs/DOC-17514

       

      This is bad. Each of these URLs should canonicalize to the latest version and to do this each would include this in the <head>:

      <link rel="canonical" href="https://communities.bmc.com/docs/DOC-17514" />

        • Re: Canonical tags?
          mcollinge

          Absolutely. Even in Jive 8.0.2.0, the implementation of canonical tags is patchy at best. For our external site, we've had to customise the core product to ensure that canonical URLs are used consistently across all content types.

           

          In the mean time, you could alter your robots.txt so that it's not indexing old doc versions, or diff's, e.g.

           

          Disallow: /community/docs/*/version

          Disallow: /community/docs/*/diff

            • Re: Canonical tags?
              joshua.gellock

              Matt Collinge wrote:

               

              Absolutely. Even in Jive 8.0.2.0, the implementation of canonical tags is patchy at best. For our external site, we've had to customise the core product to ensure that canonical URLs are used consistently across all content types.

              Jive is up to version 8 right? I remember feedback SEO feedback given before version 5 was released—things still haven't been addressed (can I please make my own meta description for a content type?). It's disappointing not seeing Jive build these mechanisms into their product.

               

              cc: Ty Raia

            • Re: Canonical tags?

              Hi Matt Collinge 

               

              Thank you for responding to Matt Laurenceau. You said what I was going to suggest for the short term workaround. There is a bug filed to canonicalize doc versions to the primary doc and we we plan to address that after the new year, and also address a number of other canonical opportunities as well.

               

              Thanks again,

               

              Anne