Cross-Posting Policy

I've been asked a couple of times for permission to cross-post my content in different languages. That's a huge compliment as far as I'm concerned - that someone finds enough value in what I've written that they'd be willing to translate it and open it to a larger audience.

I'd ask a few things of you first, though.

Give me a heads up, before and after

If you'd like to cross-post something you read and found valuable, thank you! Let me know via any of the methods listed in the upper-right of any page - Twitter is probably the most convenient. Or just leave a comment under the post you're interested in.

And when it's done, I'd love to be able to check it out. If you could send me a link that'd be great.

Link back to the original post

When there's duplicate content across the web, search engines have a difficult time telling which was the original, potentially something we can both get penalized for. To avoid problems, specify the canonical url (aka, preferred source or original url) of the content by placing the following in the page header:

<link rel="canonical" href="ORIGNAL-POST-URL">

Please place a block like the following somewhere too, either at the top or bottom of the post:

The post <insert post title> was originally published on Grant writes whenever he has something to share - a personal project, a solution to a difficult problem, or just an idea. We learn by doing and sharing. We've all got something to contribute. You can follow Grant on Twitter.

Don't hotlink images

If the post has images in it - especially if it has a lot of images - I'd ask that you don't just hotlink back to the images hosted on my site. Like everyone, my host has placed certain limits. When possible, host the images on your own server and link to them there.