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miami boy Offline referral

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What is Rel canonical how how to use it and how important is it in search engine optimization?
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Canonical is used whenever the same content can be accessed from different URLs. Like for instance this thread:

Can be viewed via:

http://letsforum.com/Thread-Rel-canonical
and
http://letsforum.com/showthread.php?tid=2581

But we prefer the first URL so we add:

Code:
<link rel="canonical" href="http://letsforum.com/Thread-Rel-canonical" />

to the source code telling the search engine that this URL is the main one.

This also takes care of duplicate content cause if you have multiple URLs pointing to the same content this will result in duplicate content penalty.
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Great reply Marcus now I understand. What if my content only has on URL do I still need it?





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