Canonical URLs in Yoast SEO

Last update: 22 June, 2017

Yoast SEO adds canonical URLs to most pages in your WordPress install. It does this automatically and in 99.9% of cases you don’t have to change anything about them. If you do want to change them, there are several ways of doing so:

Changing the canonical for an individual article (manually)

On the advanced tab of the Yoast SEO metabox, you can change the canonical to point to any URL:wpseo_metabox_advanced_canonical

Canonical elements for paginated archives

A common misconception is that the canonical on a paginated page should always point to page 1 in the series. This is not the case. When you do that, you run the risk of search engines not indexing links that appear on page 2, 3 etc. of your archives. This would cause older articles to drop out of the search results entirely.

Of course, you can change the canonical element of a category, tag or other taxonomy archive to point at another page. To do this, go into the taxonomies settings and set the canonical:

Filter the canonical element programmatically

If you want, you can also filter the output of the canonical programmatically. To do this you can use the wpseo_canonical filter. If you return false on that, no canonical will be output. Some examples can be found here.

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