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Canonical URL question



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We have used a couple of SEO's across a number of years. We are dabbling a little in-house before we look to outsource again. While I understand the basics of canonical URL's, I am confused by something and would appreciate advice please.

Someone has added a canonical URL on the home page of our website. The URL in the canonical tag is our home page URL but with a forward slash at the end.

If I paste the URL with the forward slash into a browser, it redirects to the home page URL without the forward slash.

I'm thinking there shouldn't be a canonical URL on the home page at all? Is this correct please? TIA


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It shouldnt matter, you'll find many SEO Plugins add the homepage with a forward slash which then redirects to the root domain. It should however be left in place to ensure that there is no confusion with non-www or www URL's and https / http redirects/canonicals.

It serves more purpose than any possible negatives in my opinion.


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A canonical URL is the URL of the page that Google thinks is most representative from a set of duplicate pages on your site. For example, if you have URLs for the same page (for example:,Google chooses one as canonical.

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