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How do we share our partial HTML content without losing our SEO?

Since we're not sharing full HTML, we can't place "rel:canonical" in the header.

I've thought it'd be interesting to enclose our content in an article tag with a cite attribute to the original source. Would Google respect that for SEO purposes?

<article cite="http://myoriginalsite.com/bestcontent">
This is syndicated content...</article>
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This is exactly what Canonical URLs are for. It's for the content of the page. Not the source code.

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But I'm confused. How do I add the canonical tag if I don't control the header of the syndicated site? –  Ric Lewis Dec 12 '11 at 7:53
    
You can't. But you can require that tag be present as part of the terms of service for syndicating the content. –  John Conde Dec 12 '11 at 13:56
    
Bummer. Wish there was a way to embed that concept in the content snippet itself. Makes more sense to syndicate content chunks than whole pages anyways. –  Ric Lewis Dec 12 '11 at 21:20
    
Require your clients to use iframes instead? –  Hainesy Feb 14 '13 at 12:38
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