interactive #72 - embarassing story about the canonical url

[facepalm] Did I really mess that up?! [Interactive #72 – S2E20]

This week, I have a couple of stories to tell you. One… ugh… kind of embarrassing about something I did (or, rather, didn’t do) related to SEO… Maybe it will help you avoid the same pitfall.

It was a total [facepalm] moment.

Also, I talk about the recent announcement from Facebook related to the news feed update, and the upcoming Google search algorithm update related to PageSpeed.

And, if you have a Facebook Business page, I’d like to know what it is — leave it in the comments and I’ll check it out.

But that embarrassing story, about the canonical URL that I had inadvertently forgotten to update.  The website has been exclusively using HTTPS for well over a year now.  And I had updated every other line of code in every other page in the i3dTHEMES site, except this one.  It just so happened that this one line was terribly important.

Yeah, it was something like this:

<link rel="canonical" href="" />

But it should have been:

<link rel="canonical" href="" /%gt;

See the difference? Yeah, I didn’t notice that until AFTER google made an update to their algorithm. D’oh!

Make sure you don’t make the same mistake!  Check your HTML, especially if you’ve updating your site to run HTTPS recently.