If you read this post, chances are that you have run across an error message “Duplicate, submitted URL not selected as canonical” in Google Search Console like this:
Cause: This the case where Google suspects the content is duplicate to another page even if you have declared it as a canonical link.
Even if you set the canonical link but Google disagrees with your suggestion and shows Google-selected canonical.
This usually happens when you change the URL of an old page into a new URL.
How to fix it:
- Copy the old URL and run through an SEO tool like ahrefs.
2. Select the “internal backlinks” –> “All”
3. Visit every referring page and find the “Anchor” as suggested by ahrefs.
4. Inspect the anchor text and change the anchor text URL into new URL that you have updated. In our example, we have found 28 anchor text URL (internal backlinks) and changed all of them into new URL.
5. Go to Google search console and request an index of every page on that you have changed the anchor text URL.
6. If possible do some new internal linking toward the new URL and request an index through Google search console.
7. If possible do some backlinking toward that new URL.
8. Go to Google search console and request for a temporary URL removal for that old URL
Caution: Skip this step if you still have visitors
Now, wait for some time. It may take a few days to weeks to get indexed by Google.
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