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Rel=canonical question

  • I’m looking to accomplish two things:

    – Specify a post on another blog as being the canonical version (i.e. Mine is a duplicate.)
    – Have the other blog’s author specify a post on MY blog as the canonical version (i.e. His is the duplicate.)

    From my understanding, adding a rel=canonical link to a header will affect ALL posts on a WP blog, rather than just the one.

    If anyone could suggest how to accomplish these two goals in the simplest fashion possible, I’d be extremely grateful. I have the Yoast plugin installed, but can’t figure out how to do any of this using it…

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  • The rel canonical tag will only affect the page the tag is on and not the entire site (unless of course you add it to every page).

    What you want to do is definitely possible with rel canonical. Originally the rel canonical could only be used to point to the same domain, but Google changed it recently to allow it work cross domain.

    http://googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.com/2011/10/raising-awareness-of-cross-domain-url.html

    Thank you for this response. My understanding from my developer, however, is that on WordPress, there is just one <head> section that applies to all posts on the site, such that adding the rel canonical tag to this would make all posts refer to the URL in question, and it’s not easy to isolate just one to do this? Any chance you could shed some light on that?

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