Google REL Canonical URL

Today we added a new feature to the Menu Creator to allow you to set yet another option in your link structure in response to the Google REL Canonical URL update. Google made a post along with a video related to this new feature as presented by Matt Cutts and its worth a look because reckless application of this in your site can be consequential and counter productive to your efforts. Key points from Google include;

Is rel=”canonical” a suggestion or a directive?

This new option lets site owners suggest the version of a page that Google should treat as canonical. Google will take this into account, in conjunction with other signals, when determining which URL sets contain identical content, and calculating the most relevant of these pages to display in search results.

Can the link be relative or absolute?

The rel=”canonical” attribute can be used with relative or absolute links, but we recommend using absolute links to minimize potential confusion or difficulties. If your document specifies a base link, any relative links will be relative to that base link.

In using this feature within the Menu Creator it is a good idea to pay special attention to how you are using it, why you are using it and where you are using it. Since we built the Menu Creator to function on sites that may include shopping carts, OpenRealty, and even other CMS solutions, you have the option via our code library to not only manage menus externally of WordPress but even on external domains. If you are using these features it is ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT to note that this new REL element is for a specific local domain and not remote or multiple domains as is the case with 301 redirects for instance.

If you have questions, please either contact us directly or simply post a comment below that we may answer publicly for others to see as well.

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About the Author:

Paul Eastwood is the CEO of UltimateIDX and founder of it's parent company Blue Fire Group that has been helping Real Estate agents with online marketing for a long time.


  1. Avatar for Randy Gurson
    Randy Gurson  September 14, 2009

    It is a GREAT idea to look at everything and pay attention to the entire screen. This feature is only helpful if you know what you are doing. I also think that the video by google gives you all the information you need.

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    susan jenkins  September 16, 2009

    I am completely lost, I know it has something to do with duplicate content but when would i want to use a canonical url? can someone give me an example?
    .-= susan jenkins´s last blog first journal! =-.

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    Brooklyn Apartments for Rent  November 13, 2009

    Yeah ! that’s right practice always makes man perfect quite interesting and informative. Keep adding in it.

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    [email protected] hedge trimmer  November 15, 2009

    I agree with Jessica hat keyword luv is an effective plugin to increase the number of comments in our blog. But be aware to spam. You need to install spam guard too.

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    Towel Warmers  November 18, 2009

    Thanks for the canonical tip, I’ve added it to my website!

  6. Avatar for marcus
    marcus  December 14, 2009

    I’m showing this to my seo guy. Thanks

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    [email protected] Prices  January 23, 2010

    It can be difficult to use, but the canonical url attribute is very useful to combating duplicate content, multiple similar urls (such as specific comment urls).

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    Brooklyn Hair Extensions  January 29, 2010

    How does “canonical” attribute differ from “no follow”, Trying to get a hang of this.

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    [email protected] moveis  February 1, 2010

    I gonna add this ’cause I think it’s useful. It seems a lit bit complicated but it can be so difficult right?

  10. Avatar for Van@Forex
    [email protected]  February 14, 2010

    I like how Google is coming out with assistance on how to build effective SEO. Great comments and very interesting.

  11. Avatar for Dhany@Belajar SEO
    [email protected] SEO  March 12, 2010

    Is canonical directive only useful for Google? Or are the other search engines also comply to it? Thanks
    .-= [email protected] SEO´s last blog ..Sticky – Perlukah Anda Mengetahui Black-Hat SEO? =-.

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    Property Costa Brava  May 1, 2010

    Thank you for that info. I was not aware of this. I like this blog. I just added it to my Favorites.

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    sheryl mae torres  April 24, 2012

    This tool is great! I could apply this in my own business. I’ll share this post to other marketers who wanted to know updated Google information based from the recent updates proclaimed by this big search engine.


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