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  1. I have upgraded from version 4 to 5.1.5. Every seo friendly category url has changed. Cubecart support say that this is intentional and provides more friendly seo urls. What they cant answer is my concern about my old seo urls which I spent hours building back links to and which have a PR . e.g. the old url is www.mydomain.com/category/cat_9.html the new url is www.mydomain.com/category.html Cubecart support say "The two urls (old and new) both include the proper rel="canonical" reference in the meta tags so that all search engines will properly update their listings and NOT penalize you for duplicate content." My question is - (OKay this is fair enough for duplicate content - but what about PR and backlinks???) I then asked cubecart support the following question "Why are all the new urls shown as not being indexed by Google instead of showing the PR of the old url" . Surely the canonical reference is instant. It certainly is when you use it for www. and non-www. Their reply is "Google doesn't update instantly. Unless you are a huge system like twitter. With time your links will all update correctly." I need to know whether this is true or not. I thought a canonical reference was instant and had nothing to do with indexing from Google. Can anyone please advise on this matter as I need to know that my old seo friendly urls will be preserved along with their PR and backlinks.
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