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Discussion on: Why Should Developers Blog?

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Corey McCarty

Just a couple of notes regarding your wall of links at the top. If you use the RSS connection for your posts then you can mark canonical url on your blog site. This is not only good for the SEO of your website, but gives a link to your blog on every blog post. Your twitter account is linked on the Author card at the bottom of the article and if you include your medium link on your profile it will be there also. Beyond doing these few things, I would highly suggest putting the mention of your mailing list at the bottom of your article so that someone can see it once they've decided that they liked the article. I believe that these steps will make your articles more attractive and likely increase your mailing list subscriptions.

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John Au-Yeung Author

Thanks for the tips.

I find that the audiences are different in different platforms.

So far I got more subscribers from here than other places.

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Corey McCarty

This is a great platform. They have incorporated lots of things for you. Using the rss and canonical links helps with the way you get ranked by search engines. They will trash duplicate pages and having your site listed as the canonical means that search engines keep your page and trash the others (which are likely larger sites with better overall rankings) and having any link to your site improves your ranking as well.

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John Au-Yeung Author

I didn't know about the RSS tool.

I should do that instead of cross-posting everything manually.

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John Au-Yeung Author

But all it does is show the link to the original post.

At least for Medium, that's what it's doing.

Is that all it does?

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Corey McCarty

That's all that that it does, but the label is something that search engines recognize.

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John Au-Yeung Author

I see. That's convenient.

I guess both ways have value.

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John Au-Yeung Author

If I import my WordPress feed, it'll get the content.

But if I import my Medium feed, it won't get the content.

Looks like it's just getting whatever is in the feed.

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