What happens when 4 blogs across 4 geographies have the same content and all have Canonical links?

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    seohelper
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    I’m working with a client and they operate Shopify sites in the US, EU, CA, and Australia. Each site has a blog and the blog’s content does not differ from one location to another. Each site also uses Shopify’s <link rel=”canonical” href =”{{ canonical_url }}”> in their theme’s head so that each product and blog page get the canonical tag. My feeling is that the canonical link should only be used on the “main” / most heavily trafficked site, but wanted to hear other peoples thought’s and opinions on the matter.

    Thanks!

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    bigolcupofcoffee

    From my understanding it’s best to use hreflang. I haven’t done this myself but may have to soon so curious to see other responses.

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    GringoTheDingoAU

    I’ll take a stab – albeit, just an educated guess since I’ve never had this scenario before.

    Hreflang should be used here, but it also makes it difficult to understand whether or not its worth using given that the content doesn’t change. If the blog page consists of information relevant to each location, such as contact numbers, business address’, email addresses using the corresponding ccTLD or currency conversion then you should absolutely use hreflang.

    Without actually knowing how much of the content changes (if you say none of it is different whatsoever) makes it harder to understand.

    Just a guess, I’d love to be proven wrong so I can also learn something new.

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