Ability to edit canonical tag on all COS pages

It would be nice to be able to edit a canonical on blog pages. We have urls with and without capitals and fear that Google is seeing this as duplicate content. Hubspot supports canonicals but we need to be able to edit them.

 
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Jim_B2BML
Regular Contributor

Two other benefits for this:

 

If we have 2 copies of a page on a site (not best practice, but there are sometimes reasons for this) we can set both canonical tags to only point at the "original". 

 

If we want to host content that is originally from another domain, we need to be able to edit the canonical tag to point the original source of the content.

 

Being able to edit canonical tags in this way is essential for us to prevent duplicate content impacting SEO performance. HubSpot's automatically generated canonical tags help for the majority of cases, but not being able to edit them for certain occasions like the above is limiting our options. At the very least we should be able to switch them off on a per-page basis so the canonicals can be coded in manually. 

dcaiazza
New Member

We are also runnning into this issue where we've syndicated some content from other sources and want to make sure we preserve the original source.  Has anyone made any progress here?

 

jakebellacera
New Contributor

+1

 

I propose HubSpot adds an "Advanced Settings" section, which allows us to edit this metadata for SEO purposes.

 

The <head> tag editor helps, but comes after the standand_header_includes, which means we cannot overwrite anything inside.

HubSpot Product Team
HubSpot Product Team
updated to: In Planning
 
Finsterelli
New Contributor

Having the ability to edit tags in the header would make life much easier.

Currently, the inability to manage/edit canonical and href lang tags adequately prevents me from recommending hubspot to my clients. 
This needs to be addressed if hubspot want to be a website/marketing platform leader.

Jim_B2BML
Regular Contributor

We discovered another issue related to this today. When enabling AMP on pages in HubSpot, the canonical tag for the AMP page is automatically set to point at itself, rather than the non-AMP original.

 

This does not follow Google's recommended guidelines available here: https://www.ampproject.org/docs/guides/discovery

jakebellacera
New Contributor

@Jim_B2BML good catch, though that may be better suited in its own thread, as it should be handled automatically, no?

Jim_B2BML
Regular Contributor

@jakebellacera Thanks. I included it here as I think the issue caused by the same limitation - HubSpot automatically points a page's canonical tag at that page, with no option to edit to point somewhere else. However, I'm still quite new to AMP so if there's something I'm overlooking or if HubSpot handles it differently to Google guide I linked to then let me know!

tomwitt99
New Member

I have inadvertently duplicated a lot of blog content recycycling posts from an old "archive" blog that was migrated to HS into the current one. Now I really need this feature because both the old and the new versions are indexed by google. 

Thanks

Thomas

gorand
Occasional Contributor

I am shocked that HubSpot does not have ability to set custom canonical link on blog posts or landing pages.

 

This is a basic SEO requirement. HubSpot cannot be called a SEO-friendly tool if it does not have such feature.

 

Please mark this request as critical and provide estimated date of implementation.

 

 

IvanSifuentes
New Contributor

The blog listing seems to automatically generate a canonical link, this is not editable because is part of the Head.

The canonical URL itself becomes incorrect for paginated listings.

 

For example blog.mysite.com/page/2

its canonical URL is 

<link rel="canonical" href="http://blog.mysite.com">


but it should be self-referential 

<link rel="canonical" href="http://blog.mysite.com/page/2">

 

Makechu
New Contributor

+1 

 

Being able to edit canonical links would be awesome but there's this profound default coding issue with Blog Listing pages' rel=canonical, rel=prev and rel=next tags that should be prioritized and fixed asap.

 

I am using our Blog Listing pages as an example here but checked some other companies blog listing pages (that are using HubSpot) and the same mistakes apply...

 

When I go check our blog listing page:

For the first page of the pagination is fine (https://blog.smarp.com)

And include the correct rel=next and rel=canonical

 

But for the 2nd page (blog.smarp.com/page/2), it’s incorrect:

<link rel="prev" href="https://blog.smarp.com/page/1">
<link rel="next" href="https://blog.smarp.com/page/3">
<link rel="canonical" href="https://blog.smarp.com">

 

Instead it should be:

<link rel=”prev” href=”https://blog.smarp.com” />

<link rel=”next” href=”https://blog.smarp.com/page/3” />

<link rel=”canonical” href=”https://blog.smarp.com/page/2” />

 

The entire site pagination should have this set of rules .

 

In addition, the page https://blog.smarp.com/page/1 exists and is being duplicate with https://blog.smarp.com.

(Well, at least the pagination for https://blog.smarp.com/page/1 is correct: <link rel="next" href="https://blog.smarp.com/page/2"> <link rel="canonical" href="https://blog.smarp.com">)...

Trecouso
New Member

 Yes, please!

smileyjeno
New Contributor

This is a necessary functionality that needs to be included in order for Hubspot to be considered by a large scale client of ours. Please notify me when it becomes available.

 

Thank you!

NGosz
New Contributor

This is problematic. Hoping this is corrected soon.

jweberswtb
New Member

We could also use this feature! Echoing what others have said and casting our vote!

ldmurrs
New Contributor

I have to agree with this entire thread. The ability to add our own canonical tags on our website is essential for our industry - especially for the ability to post our news releases on our site without Google thinking we've taken content from another source (the media outlet or newswire used to relay the story/release info). We really love our hubspot tools, but this presents a huge problem for accurate SEO practices. Please fix ASAP!! 

marcelobl
New Contributor

+1

 

This's a MUST HAVE feature for any website aiming to gain some traffic from organic search.

mmandel
Occasional Contributor

Just curious if a work around is to place the canonical tag in a Custom HTML module on the blog post? I tried this with one of our recent blogs that was from an original source. 

HubSpot Product Team
HubSpot Product Team
updated to: Delivered

I am thrilled to announce that editable canonical URLs are now live! Please see this page for more details: https://www.hubspot.com/product-updates/edit-the-canonical-url-of-a-page.