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  • Help needed: Google ignoring user declared canonical, selecting own canonical instead

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  • Jacob

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    October 26, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Hi everyone, I was wondering if you can help me with the following: A client has two websites in the same language, one for Germany, one for Austria. They both use the same domain, but with respective subdirectories (xyz.org/de-de/ and xyz.org/de-at/). Work only happens on German site, the Austrian one is a mirror of it and shows exactly the same content. Some very important pages used to rank decent for a few keywords on google.de respectively google.at. But after updating the content on one of those pages, Google kicked the German version out of the index. It now treats the German one as duplicate content and the Austrian one as the original canonical URL, which is strange, because both the German and the Austrian site use selfreferencing canonical tags as well as correctly implemented hreflang-tags. So it ignores the user-declared canonical and selects a canonical on their own instead, which leads to the German one being out of the index. Why does Google do that? How can I fix this? Has anyone of you experienced the same? Thanks for help, please let me know if you need more information from me. – by hq overview Ziehmohn – –

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