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One of the changes made in v8 was specifying the canonical URL for pages to help avoid duplicate titles and duplicate meta-descriptions. This should reduce the number of reported items due to alternate URLs to the same page such as the following:

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Untitled Nude - JulianRitterCentral - A community site sharing the life and art of Julian Ritter
/catalogues/entry/image-gallery/nudes-gallery/untitled-nude_2.htm
/catalogues/entry/image-gallery/nudes-gallery/untitled-nude_2.htm?max=1000
/catalogues/entry/image-gallery/nudes-gallery/untitled-nude_2.htm?wide_print=1&max=1000

Strangely, over the past 24 hours the number of duplicate titles and duplicate meta-descriptions has nearly doubled. It is as is Google is completely ignoring the canonical URL that they suggest using. Google has indexed over 37,000 URLs for my site while I am absolutely confident that I have less than 1000 pages (and probably significantly less than that). I am pretty certain that this is just Google being Google but would love to see page rank consolidated onto the canonical URL.

Has anyone else observed this behavior since installing v8?

Bob
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To be honest, I've never looked. I've been too busy putting out fires on my site to even think about SEO and page ranking. Someday though.


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