How to publish posts on Medium with Canonical URLs?

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(This is a beginner’s guide on publishing posts on Medium with canonical URLs and how it can help to grow)

You publish a post on your blog after dedicating much time to writing quality content. Then, you tweet it and share it on online forums. Now, you need to share it with your Medium followers too. But, there’s a problem: Duplicate Content. The solution is using Canonical URLs. Does Medium allow publishers to publish content with canonical URLs?

Yes, they do.

There are two ways.

  • Importing your posts to Medium
  • Manually adding canonical URLs in post settings

Because your post is live on your blog, you can use Medium’s import tool to import it to Medium.

How to import your posts to Medium?

  • Log into Medium and navigate to Stories.
  • Click import a story.
  • Paste the URL of your blog page and click Import.
  • Click See your story.
  • Check if everything looks fine in the Medium editor. If not, edit the part. In some cases, images and codes can be missing. If so, add them manually.
  • Click Publish.

You’ll see the canonical URL added to the published post. You can check it in the source code.

Canonical URL in action<br>

Canonical URL in the source code

How to manually add canonical URLs to Medium posts?

Importing doesn’t work always, especially if your blog is rendered with client-side Javascript. In that case, we can manually copy and paste content to the Medium editor and add the canonical URL.

  • Log in to Medium and navigate to New Story.
  • Copy and paste the content into Medium. (When copying, select the content from live webpage: not markdown or another syntax. So, Medium will easily grab the HTML.)
  • Click on the menu icon with three circles.
  • Click More Settings.
  • Scroll down and open Advanced Settings.
  • Tick “this story was originally published elsewhere”.
  • Add the canonical URL.
  • Click Save canonical link.
  • Publish the post.

Advantages of sharing to Medium with canonical URLs

Sharing your content on Medium has a bunch of advantages.

The best one is that it allows canonical URLs. Sharing won’t hurt your SEO. In general, Medium is an authority site than yours. If the canonical URL option wasn’t there, Google may think Medium has the original content, not your blog. With canonical URLs, you let Google know that the original content is published on your blog.

The other major advantage is that your article gets more eyes. More readers will read it and more people will see your bio. They will notice what you are doing. Building connections is an invaluable strategy to grow as a beginner blogger.

Concluding all, in this article, you learned that sharing on Medium with canonical URLs is possible. And, you learned how to do that. Have any questions? Comment below.

Thank you!

This post is originally published on Hyvor Talk Blog.

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