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We are sharing some of our content with partners and want to include a canonical reference to the pages on our Drupal site.

I like the idea of using www.example.com/node/$nid for the simplicity of it, but I don't know whether it is acceptable for a canonical url to be redirected (as is commonly done with clean urls, path_auto, redirect, etc)?

  • If i understand your question correctly, the answer is yes, you can add node/nid as canonical url, drupal already take care of this. For other option you can check module like metatag. Also check this link googlewebmastercentral.blogspot.in/2009/02/… – nit3ch Jan 26 '15 at 18:32
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Permanently redirecting the canonical URL is allowed, but discouraged by RFC 6596:

To better ensure that applications properly handle the canonical link relation, administrators ought to consider the following guidelines:

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Avoid designating the target (canonical) as:

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The source IRI of a permanent redirect (for HTTP, this refers to 300 and 301 response codes defined in Sections 10.3.1 and 10.3.2 of [RFC2616]

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