Hi everyone, Nicole from Hometalk here with a quick SEO update for you!
As you know, when you post on Hometalk, Foodtalk, or Upstyle you may be duplicating your content on the internet in Google’s eyes. Duplicate content can pose an SEO problem. In the past, our SEO experts advised us to mark your content on Hometalk as “noindex”. This basically tells Google not to show your Hometalk, Foodtalk, or Upstyle posts in Google search results. But Google doesn’t always listen to noindex, and it doesn’t explain the relationship between the original content on your blog and the copy on Hometalk, Foodtalk and/or Upstyle.
Our SEO experts are now advising us that placing canonical tags on your Hometalk, Foodtalk and Upstyle posts are a better solution for the duplicate content concern. A canonical tag acknowledges that the post on Hometalk, Foodtalk and/or Upstyle is the duplicate version--not the original--and points Google to the original source of the post on your blog. This allows Google to prioritize the original post on your blog in search results, while avoiding any questions about content duplication. This update can also potentially give stronger SEO credibility to your site because our domain is giving credit to your site as the original source of the content through canonical tags.
We’ll be making this change in the coming weeks. No need to do anything else on your end.
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org.