Canonicalization

In computer science, canonicalization (abbreviated c14n, where 14 represents the number of letters between the C and the N; also sometimes standardization or normalization) is a process for converting data that has more than one possible representation into a "standard", "normal", or canonical form. This can be done to compare different representations for equivalence, to count the number of distinct data structures, to improve the efficiency of various algorithms by eliminating repeated calculations, or to make it possible to impose a meaningful sorting order.
Posts about Canonicalization
  • Migration Checklist For Search Engine Optimization

    … issues. o Example: www-URL vs non-www-URL (Google.com vs www.google.com) o This must stay consistent. o Resource: http://www.mattcutts.com/blog/seo-advice-url-canonicalization/ Why is it important to look at? To avoid top level duplication issues that can cause road blocks in achieving positive organic search results. Canonicalization Issues…

    Silverback Strategiesin SEO- 16 readers -
  • Your Guide to 301 Redirects for SEO

    … be set up to display different content. Now for the bad news. When it comes to domains, Google practices what’s called canonicalization, the process of selecting a "preferred domain" URL that best represents the site. If the site owner doesn’t choose one, Google will decide which URL to index. If Google picks http://example.com but all your links…

    Jayson Demers/ Search Engine Watchin SEO Google- 13 readers -
  • 3 Technical SEO Wins for Brand New Clients

    …: www.example.com example.com/ www.example.com/index.html example.com/home.asp But technically, all of these URLs are different. A Web server could return completely different content for all the URLs above. When Google “canonicalizes” a URL, it tries to pick the URL that seems like the best representative from that set. www vs. non-www hostnames…

    Nicolette Beard/ Raven Blogin Social SEO Google- 8 readers -