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  • #16
    Originally posted by Mike Hughes View Post
    Did you publish to web ? and did you force the browser to refresh the page rather than using the cache?
    Yes, published to web and cleared cache/forced refresh to be sure.

    I fear it might have been an error on my behalf, but I followed the instructions as best as I could!

    Does the attached make sense?Click image for larger version

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    • #17
      Yes. That's the right place.

      Did you click 'apply' after making the changes? I tested the blockif on my website and it triggered fine on the homepage.
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      • #18
        Originally posted by Mike Hughes View Post
        Yes. That's the right place.

        Did you click 'apply' after making the changes? I tested the blockif on my website and it triggered fine on the homepage.
        Well, I have just tried again...

        view-source:https://www.theskylightcompany.co.uk/

        Hmmm...

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        • #19
          Odd. I've just copied, pasted and applied the code you posted in post 12 into my meta tags layout, did a site update and it does exactly what it was supposed to including putting the canonical for your home page on my home page. (I've now removed it again as I don't want to confuse Google any more than is necessary.)

          What do have set under Design > Design Options > Home Page Link ? is it set to Brochure ?
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          • #20
            Originally posted by Mike Hughes View Post
            Odd. I've just copied, pasted and applied the code you posted in post 12 into my meta tags layout, did a site update and it does exactly what it was supposed to including putting the canonical for your home page on my home page. (I've now removed it again as I don't want to confuse Google any more than is necessary.)

            What do have set under Design > Design Options > Home Page Link ? is it set to Brochure ?
            Mike,

            It is set to URL. Which I have put as the Home Page.

            Would this be the reason do you think?

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            • #21
              Possibly. It's the only thing I could think of that might be confusing it as to which page is the front/home page. I have mine set to 'Brochure' and it works perfectly.

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Mike Hughes View Post
                Possibly. It's the only thing I could think of that might be confusing it as to which page is the front/home page. I have mine set to 'Brochure' and it works perfectly.
                I think I changed it to URL because the Home Page links were pointing to /index.html and although it redirected fine I just wanted the links to go straight to the redirect page.

                Maybe I will change it to brochure, test it and then manually change the Home Page links. Might be easier.

                I will try it shortly and report back!

                PS - I wasn't supposed to delete any of the original canonical code was I? My image explanation of what I did made sense?

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                • #23
                  Ok so I tried that and we have change but wanted to check if this was correct... In the Page Source it has

                  Code:
                   <link rel="canonical" href="https://www.theskylightcompany.co.uk"><link rel="canonical" href="https://www.theskylightcompany.co.uk/index.html">

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                  • #24
                    The first Canonical is correct.

                    The second one shouldn't be there and is presumably happening because the code that generates it hasn't been included in the second blockif.
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                    • #25
                      Is this how it should look?Click image for larger version  Name:	canon.png Views:	1 Size:	92.1 KB ID:	551316

                      EDIT: I think we are good! Could you check the page source to confirm for me Mike?
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                      • #26
                        Yep. Your pages all look good.
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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Mike Hughes View Post
                          Yep. Your pages all look good.
                          Perfect!

                          Now... without the risk of turning your headache into a migraine... Would there be a simple fix to add to this code to turn the canonical acatalog/index.html into /acatalog/

                          It's the last one I promise!

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                          • #28
                            Personally, I would give that page a useful name (such as skylights.html) and use that rather than just linking to the catalog folder.

                            - It's an important page as it's linked to from all your other pages
                            - You can also change the breadcrumb links to go there directly using some decent keywords ('skylight Products' ?) in the anchor text rather than 'Online Catalogue'
                            - It's probably easier than changing the canonical.

                            If you want to change the canonical the pseudo code would be:

                            If homepage

                            <link rel="canonical" href="https://www.theskylightcompany.co.uk">

                            If top of catalog

                            <link rel="canonical" href="https://www.theskylightcompany.co.uk/acatalog/">

                            If not homepage AND not top of catalog

                            Standard sellerdeck canonical code

                            All you have to do is work out the relevant blockif for top of catalog :-)
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                            • #29
                              Well I just never understood why you needed /acatalog and acatalog/index.html. Both lead to the same thing, so I have always redirected one.

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                              • #30
                                The only reason you get away with not specifying a page is because in that case the server will first look for a default page to show rather than listing all the available files and index.html is the typical one.

                                My main view is that as you have a page with lots of internal links to it and that links out to your main product sections then it makes sense to do at least a little SEO to boost its relevance and authority scores.
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