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I have a blog post I wrote which another site wishes to post on their site, verbatim.

I know having identical content is an SEO "ding". Is there a way to tell Google that the new site is referencing the old site? Such as a meta tag for "source_url" or something like that?

Or should the new place simply just add a few lines or a graph at the top stating this is copied from a previous blog? Is that enough to satisfy Google's bot?

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This is exactly what canonical URLs are for. It tells Google which site/page is the original author.

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So would I just ask them to place this in their page: <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.mycontent.com/" /> – Jack Marchetti Mar 19 '14 at 3:17
That would be all you need to do. But getting a real link back would be great, too. ;) – John Conde Mar 19 '14 at 3:18

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