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"Non-canonical page in sitemap" error in Site Audit
"Non-canonical page in sitemap" error in Site Audit

Learn more about the "Non-canonical page in sitemap" issue in Ahrefs' Site Audit and how to fix it on your website.

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Written by Nick Churick
Updated over a week ago

What triggers this issue?

This issue reports all canonicalized URLs listed in the website’s sitemap files.

Why is it important?

Sitemap files of a website must only list the pages of your website you want search engines to crawl and index. Besides, Google uses sitemaps data as one of the factors when selecting canonical URLs.

Non-canonical pages in sitemaps send a misleading signal to search engines, instructing them to index the URLs that declare a different URL as their canonical version.

This can result in search engines ignoring your sitemaps. In this case, you might end up with some indexability issues on your website.

How to fix it?

Only include canonical URLs in your sitemaps. This should be the URLs that you want indexed.

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