Google Penalizing Duplicate Shopify Content?

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I think Google no longer penalise duplicate content, their policy now is just to disregard it.

http://www.crystalandglassbeads.com http://www.quadrantvehicles.com
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Hey, my 1st time here. There is so much info here, I am going to have a really good read and get back to you all. Thanks.

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I would include the shop.url before the product.url to assure you have an absolute link. That is unless you specify a base url.

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.

Google Webmaster Central: About rel="canonical"

{% if template == 'product' %}{% if collection %}
<link rel="canonical" href="{{ shop.url }}{{ product.url }}" />
{% endif %}{% endif %}
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Good stuff, mikulla. You took this from here? http://11heavens.com/using-canonical-links-in-Shopify

 

Caroline from http://11heavens.com ∴ mllegeorgesand AT gmail DOT com
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Caroline, I read your article a while back and then revisited it recently. It's very helpful for those concerned with optimizing their store. I actually implemented the snippet almost as you had it then realized that product.url is only relative. The addition of shop.url makes it absolute. Still getting used to the shopify tags.

I ended up at this post from another shopify user asking some seo questions.

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You don't need to make it absolute. Google understands that relative links on a page are relative to that page.

Absolute links are for syndicated content. Feeds. Etc.

Caroline from http://11heavens.com ∴ mllegeorgesand AT gmail DOT com
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Again. It is recommended by google to use an absolute url. This might be a good practice in case someone copies your page onto another domain as well as other reasons.

Also, the if collection part of the code snippet above may not really be necessary since using the canonical tag on the canonical version of the page is ok as stated at the Google Webmaster Blog.

@Wade: Yes, it's absolutely okay to have a self-referential rel="canonical". It won't harm the system and additionally, by including a self-reference you better ensure that your mirrors have a rel=”canonical” to you.

A good example of using rel="canonical" for ecommerce can be read here: Specify your canonical

In the article they do state the following:

Can I use a relative path to specify the canonical, such as <link rel="canonical" href="product.php?item=swedish-fish" />?


Yes, relative paths are recognized as expected with the <link> tag. Also, if you include a <base> link in your document, relative paths will resolve according to the base URL.

 

Fine Art and Photography by Matt Mikulla --> http://mattmikulla.com
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Mikulla,

Again. It is recommended by google to use an absolute url.

Where's that recommended? It is dangerous to recommend such practice with Shopify because people routinely change their domain. They go from example.myshopify.com to shop.example.com to example.com. I have seen nothing but problems with using absolute URLs.

This might be a good practice in case someone copies your page onto another domain as well as other reasons.

Other than for content made available in a feed - the content of a blog article for example, or of a product description - it is a very bad idea imo.

Caroline from http://11heavens.com ∴ mllegeorgesand AT gmail DOT com
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Where's that recommended? It is dangerous to recommend such practice with Shopify because people routinely change their domain.

Every link that I posted above from Matt Cutts to Google Webmaster Blog recommends absolute urls for canonical link.

In fact, Matt Cutts states it right here in this video.

It's not like we are recommending absolute links in the body. We're talking about a link element url in the head that gets dynamically created in a template page.

 

Fine Art and Photography by Matt Mikulla --> http://mattmikulla.com
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Yeah you're right sorry. It gets dynamically generated anyway. Forgive me :-)

Caroline from http://11heavens.com ∴ mllegeorgesand AT gmail DOT com
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