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Discussion on: How can I tell if my canonical URLs are working?

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Supun Kavinda

How Google uses canonicals is confusing. Sometimes, even you add canonical URLs to Medium or dev.to posts, Google shows the Medium or dev.to post instead of your post in the search results. I personally faced this issue and the solution I found was, publishing on those platforms after 1-2 weeks.

And, yeah, even if you have comments section with canonical to the post, sometimes both are shown in the results. However, you won't get a penalty for duplicate content.

However, I'm sure if HTML tags have to do something with canonical URLs. It's the first time I heard it. I'd like to know more about it.