There some times that we are having dashboard pages for a specific username. So they use some username handles in the URL, and as well as they sometimes post some over a page which gets indexed into Google. So is there any way to inform Google that this specific URL is a username page?

There some times that we are having dashboard pages for a specific username. So they use some username handles in the URL, and as well as they sometimes post some over a page which gets indexed into Google. So is there any way to inform Google that this specific URL is a username page?

Webmaster Guru Asked on December 9, 2016 in Indexing.
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JOHN MEULLER (Webmaster Analyst from Google):

Not specifically the type of page– usually we can recognize that automatically. So we will pick that up as a normal page on your website, and it might be like a user profile page. And we’ll try to index that content. What I would watch out for is to make sure that the links that users place there are maybe no follow by default, unless you’re sure that this is a great user and you do kind of like want to stick to those links. That’s one really good practice. We have a really old blog post on how to deal with user profile pages which have some other tips on what you could do to watch out for to make sure that they work well. 303 redirect or canonical tag, which one is better? We used both of these for canonicalization.  And you can use both of these as well. So you can redirect to one page, and on that page have a canonical to itself. That helps us to really confirm this is a page you want to have as a canonical.

 

Webmaster Guru Answered on December 9, 2016.
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