High This Hint is very important, and definitely warrants attention. Issue This Hint represents an error or problem that needs to be fixed.

Canonical points to a noindex URL

This means that the URL in question has a canonical element whereby the canonical URL is noindex (e.g. Page A canonicalizes to Page B, which is noindex).

Why is this important?

The point of a canonical is to explicitly and unambiguously indicate a preferred URL. However in this situation, the canonical instructions are sending conflicting messages to the search engines - the Page A is effectively saying 'please index Page B', and Page is saying 'don't index me!'

This typically means they will ignore the canonicals entirely and try to make their own decisions about what 'the canonical URL' should be. The net result is that it could lead to incorrect URLs being indexed, resulting in duplicate content issues.

What does the Hint check?

This Hint will trigger for any internal URL which contains a canonical link element that uses a noindex URL as the canonical URL.

Examples that trigger this Hint:

Consider the URL: https://example.com/page-a

The Hint would trigger for this URL if it had a canonical URL pointing at another internal page,

<link rel="canonical" href="https://example.com/page-b" />

where this canonical URL https://example/com/page-b is noindex:

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
<meta name="robots" content="noindex" />

How do you resolve this issue?

This is a scenario where the canonical configuration is completely broken. You will first need to establish if Page B is indeed the correct canonical for Page A, and if so remove the noindex directive from Page B. If in fact Page B should be noindex, then Page A should be updated to change the canonical tag, either to become self-referential or to point to another URL.

Issues like this will typically need to be resolved on a case by case basis. 

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