To other pages, with the same content, I need to put rel="canonical" in the link tag to prevent duplication.

<link href="https://example.com/original-page.html" rel="canonical">

My question, do I need to also put rel="canonical" in the original (canonical) page?

  • @w3dk Hi, I know my English grammar not good. But can you explain why you put word "also" after the "to". Mar 11, 2016 at 14:21
  • Actually, the way you had it before ("also to") was OK, although it does read better the other way round ("to also"). I wouldn't have edited it if that was the only thing. Although I see I missed something on the first line, "with same the content" - that is incorrect, it should read "with the same content" ("the" and "same" reversed).
    – MrWhite
    Mar 11, 2016 at 14:50
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    @w3dk Okay thanks. I want to know and keep my grammar right. Mar 11, 2016 at 15:08

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It's highly recommended. Google will probably understand what you mean without it, but it's highly encouraged to add it to all pages with the same content including the canonical page itself.

  • Definitely yes :)
    – Chaoley
    Mar 11, 2016 at 5:57
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    There is actually a good reason for adding a rel="canonical" to the original/canonical page itself. If it is accessible with query strings and/or additional path information (PATH_INFO). eg. /original-page.html?foo=bar or /original-page.html/path/info, then adding the rel="canonical" will resolve any issues that could arise if these pages start getting linked to.
    – MrWhite
    Mar 11, 2016 at 10:06

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