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Discussion on: Cross posting from your blog to Dev.to. A good idea?

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Pavel Morava

Dev.to and Medium support canonical urls, so it should be fine. Medium let you import your blog post directly while dev.to needs you to put a canonical url by hand.

The only downside, of which I know, is the hassle with reposting. Other platforms are not so friendly. If you post the same post on Quora, Google might not like it.

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David Johnston Author

Can you explain what you mean a bit more about canonical urls?

You mean I can just point to the URL of my of blog, and dev.to/Medium will make a post out of it? That's fantastic!

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Pavel Morava

Nope.
This is not how canonical urls work.

Medium can import an article from your blog, dev.to can't.

If you post the same text on several platforms, it can harm your SEO since Google may consider it a plagiarism or piracy.

This is why canonical urls indicate what is the real origin of the article.

In theory, you can upload your posts automatically using some tools. But it depends, for instance, if all of your platform understand Markdown.

I use Blogger, which as far as I know, cannot handle Markdown, leaving me in tedious process of adjusting the same article for dev.to.