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Problem with tag affecting Google indexing site


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Since late 2014 the number of URLs indexed from my site by Google has dropped from over 300 to 32. This seems to have coincided with upgrading to version 5.2.14.


I posted a question on the Google Webmaster Central Help Forum about this today - see the response below:


On all of your individual product pages you have this tag which tells Google that these two pages are essentially the same and you want the OTHER one indexed
<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.recycledpatterns.com/shoppingcart/index.php?_a=product"/>


Can anyone explain why this tag is appearing on the product pages and what I need to do?


I know I can upgrade to newer versions of CubeCart but I don't want to move to beta versions at this stage and prefer to keep my licence key for now.


Thanks for any assistance or advice you can provide.

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In the file /classes/gui.class.php, near line 220 (give or take a few):

$GLOBALS['smarty']->assign('CANONICAL', currentPage(true, null, false));
$GLOBALS['smarty']->assign('CANONICAL', currentPage(false, null, false));

The _a=product part is appearing because of a bug introduced in CC5214 and fixed in CC5216.

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