Canonical Tag is Absolute
Canonical Tag is Absolute
Canonical Tag is Absolute in More Detail:
A bit more on Absolute Vs Relative URLs
Examples of How This Data is Used
- Example 1: Implementation Check
- Example 2: Missing Canonical Tags
Benefits of Our Data
Our data allows you to check that canonical URLs are setup properly and help provide insights that could direct a digital strategy.
HTML/Text pages with a self-referential canonical tag. This means a canonical URL that matches the URL crawled.
The possible values returned in this column are as follows:
The canonical URL is absolute
The canonical URL is relative
The canonical tag is present but does not contain a canonical URL
Missing Canonical Tag
The canonical tag is missing
The canonical tag is incorrectly implemented
Canonical stuff can have a huge effect on a site, using Raptor and the data our web crawler provides enables you to identify all canonical issues.
To cover some basics. This is what a canonical tag looks like, we have colour coded this to make it a little easier to understand.
<link rel="canonical" href="https://example.com/dir/page/ "/>
Red = This is the HTML (the code) and encompasses the canonical tag
Grey = This is the â€˜Canonical URLâ€™ (variable), the part of the tag that you stipulate
The canonical URL needs to be both absolute (see example below) and consistent with the canonical URLs used across the site.
Red = The part of the URL required to be canonically consistent.
Grey = The various pages of the siteâ€¦ Subject to rules and best practice.
The URL of a page is the only data / value returned so we thought it worth explaining in a little more detail. below is an example of a URL:
- Internet Application Protocol (Protocol)
- Top Level Domain (TLD)
- Directory (Dir)
- Sub-Directory (Sub)
- Page or file / Resource
All the data our web scraper extracts is used in various ways by SEOs or web devs. We provide some examples of these uses below.
This most obvious use of this is to ensure that your canonical tags are not using relative links, but the other values returned in this column will help you to identify other problems as well.
A standard SEO check you can do with this data; is ensuring that every page that has a canonical tag, and that it is implemented correctly.
The list of guides below might be useful if you are analysing this data and want to know more about it:
- Canonical Tags
- Canonical Duplication
- Internal Website Duplication
- Absolute vs Relative links
Related column headers in Raptor website crawler reports:
This is a quick and easy check to make with little time and has the potential to unearth problems which are a little more severe than most canonical issues,
- Identify Relative Canonical Links
- Identify Absolute Canonical Links
- Identify page Missing Canonical Tags
- Identify pages with Canonical Errors