Canonical tags gone wild

Being a technical SEO, I love digging into any weird problems where things don’t seem to work as expected.

Canonical tags seem easy enough, but these tags cause all sorts of interesting issues — and some minor fixes can lead to big wins. Almost every major website will have some kinds of issues with their canonical tags, so I dug into a few different ones to see what examples I could find.

Canonical tags thrown into the

In my recent post, “Canonical tags are easy, right?,” I gave an example of a canonical tag that looks fine if you view the source code, but if you use “Inspect” in Chrome Dev Tools to view the DOM tree, you’ll see that the section of Home Depot’s website breaks early and the canonical tag is thrown into the section, where Google will ignore it.

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