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 ( vs o This must stay consistent. o Resource: 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- 22 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 but all your links…

    Jayson Demers/ Search Engine Watchin SEO Google- 17 readers -
  • 3 Technical SEO Wins for Brand New Clients

    … a report that identifies major SEO issues. Two mistakes I still see that greatly reduce search visibility have to do with canonicalization. Similar but different URLs Canonicalization is the process of picking the best URL when there are several choices, and it usually refers to home pages. For example, most people would consider these the same URLs…

    Nicolette Beard/ Raven Blogin Social SEO Google- 10 readers -
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