How does it work?
The answer to this question is easy! A canonical will be set by default, so it won’t involve any extra work at all! It’s what we call one of the ‘hidden features’ of the Yoast SEO plugin:
Manually change the canonical
If you want to, it’s possible to change the canonical on a page by page basis. You can do this in the meta box beneath a post or page. There, you’ll find a box to set the canonical URL. This box is empty and only needs to be filled in if you would like to change the default setting. So, don’t worry if it’s empty, because a canonical which points to the proper URL is set for every page!
You might want to change the canonical, for instance, if you post an article on your website that was previously published on a different website. By pointing the canonical to original URL you’ll make sure that this other website shows up in Google (as they are the original owners of the content). But at the same time this gives your readers the opportunity to read this specific article on your website.
In the security tab of the general settings of the Yoast SEO plugin, you can choose whether you want to give ‘authors’ and ‘editors’ control over the advanced part of the SEO meta box. And thus allowing them to set a canonical link for a specific post or page.
We’ve written an extensive article about why and how we should use canonicals. Check it out if you want know everything about rel=canonical.
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