I have in my Django site's template:

<link rel="canonical" href="https://www.my-domain.example/post/1"/>

But the actual link is https://www.my-actual-domain.example/post/1

my-domain.example gets redirected (301) to my-actual-domain.example

Is it better (from a SEO POV) to have the canonical_tag as my-actual-domain.example than having my-domain.example even though the latter redirects?

1 Answer 1


The canonical should point to the URL with a status code 200.

Pointing the canonical to a redirect beats the purpose and makes it more likely that Google ignores it.

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