Internal site search: No Index or Rel Canonical?

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I have a handful of internal site search pages ranking on Google. This isn't an ideal user journey so I want to remove these pages from being ranked.

Is it best practice to add a robots tag to internal search result pages set to "noindex, follow", or should I be adding a canonical tag to these pages linking to the original search page (or a similar page).

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Saiyed Farhan
    if the pages (that you want to no-index) is related to the pages that are ranking, i'd suggest you to do the canonical.

    Example - if a page "Men's Jeans" is ranking, and it's sub page "Men's Blue Jeans" is also ranking, then you can add the canonical in the later mentioned page.

    I hope this helps. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimmy adam
    You have to also indicate in robots.txt file to prohibit from indexing...

    You can likewise eliminate the second page from sitemap.xml with the goal that the crawlers won't much make a big deal about the page.

    For the most part, the same page with sanctioned labels will be excluded... unusually for an eCommerce site.
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