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Will the new canonical tag help with issues where you by accident you have indexed by IP address rather than hostname? One has to double check it, but this kind of thing is, one would like to be able to do. One would like to put hostname rather than your IP address. Actually, Google has to consider this concern about the IP address different than the hostname. It will not be bad to go ahead and have that. This is the sort of thing where one does not wish to show up the IP address. Rather than, one wishes to have their host, their domain name. Actually it would be a nice thing to do. But, it is not sure that Google would support for IP addresses yet.
Administrator posted a topic in WebMasters Help Forum - Free Google SEO Tips and GuidelinesWith canonical tags, can you point that page to itself? Say for an instance, if www.google.com/webpage points to www.google.com/webpage , will this cause a loop? The rel=canonical element is referred as "canonical link". It means, an HTML element that helps webmasters prevent duplicate content issues by specifying the “canonical” or “preferred” version of a web page. It enhances site's SEO. Even if canonical tags cause a loop, it does not cause a problem in Google. If you have a rel canonical page which loops back to itself, whenever Google building and writing the code for the rel canonical tag attribute in Google and they built in support to ensure this does not cause any sort of problem. It's definitely a common thing in other search engines as well. What if you had to check every single URL and then do a self check to see if you were on that URL. If you were on that URL, then you could not have a rel canonical tags, which produces all those tags. If you wish to have rel canonical tag on every single page, there is no problem in that. And even if it loops back to itself, then it is not a bog deal at all. Google is so fine with it.