Google tweeted on Thursday to indicate that he might have selected Unrelated canonical URLs for some pages, and mobile navigation paths could display unrelated URLs.
He also stated that in rare cases this could prevent proper indexing.
Here is the tweet:
We are aware that for some pages we may have selected an unrelated canonical URL. In turn, mobile navigation paths may reflect unrelated URLs. In rare cases, this could prevent proper indexing. We have corrected this problem and we will update it when it is completely resolved.
– Google Webmasters (@googlewmc) 25 April 2019
Breadcrumbs indicate the position of a page in the site hierarchy and appear under the title in the search results.
What we can do. Google has not offered any action to webmasters or SEOs. However, if you think your pages are affected, you can view the canonical URL selected by Google by visiting the search console and by entering the address of your page. the URL inspection tool.
If there is a better canonical URL than the one that appears, follow the steps on the help page of Google Duplicated to suggest a new one.
Why Should We Care? This is the fourth bug that Google revealed in April that still resolves problems with search console reports, which have frustrated some SEOs of its general lack of reliability.
Although Google has shown itself transparent about the existence of a problem, it still needs to provide more useful and detailed information about how the problem affects the users. Does the bug cause incorrect SERP pages? Does it show the right pages but does it create links elsewhere? All this information could be useful to SEOs and webmasters trying to limit the damage.
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