Duplicate, Google chose different canonical than user: what does it mean and how to fix it?
“Duplicate, Google chose different canonical than user” indicates that Google considers these URLs to be duplicate and has chosen to ignore the canonical URL you defined. Instead, they apply a different canonical.
We often see this issue for URLs containing duplicate content or thin content. Some examples:
- A website that targets the US, Canada and UK with the exact same content, putting all of its faith in the hreflang link attribute.
- An eCommerce store that features product variants with little to no unique content, yet the product variants have a self-referencing canonical.
- When a website's content is available through both
HTTPS, canonicals are set up to the
HTTPvariant but Google simply prefers
One thing is for sure: when Google doesn't follow your indexing preferences, you need to learn why and resolve it.
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How to fix “Duplicate, Google chose different canonical than user”
When it comes to Google's canonicalization process, determining which version of a URL is the "master copy", you don't want there to be any uncertainty — it needs to be crystal clear which URL they need to index and rank.
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